I got Inked at Smilin’ Buddha Tattoo by Stacie-Rae (Calgary, Alberta)

I’ve been wanting a tattoo for some time but wasn’t sure what to get.  At some point I decided that I wanted the concept “Live Life” but didn’t want it in English.  I wanted some sort of stylistic writing.  I mentioned to my friend Leah some months ago what I wanted and she suggested that I get it in Hindi because of my family history.  (My father was a doctor in India for about 30 years amongst other factors.)  I thought that this was a great idea and when I was in Vancouver working in August I had a very nice lady put this phrase on my arm.  I was working at the PNE and she owned a Henna Tattoo booth.  I asked her if she could write Hindi and told her the phrase.  I really wanted to get an idea of what it would look like before I got the real thing. 

It looked great but I was concerned about the lettering – this was going to be permanent so I wanted it right.  I also met Zhilicka at the booth next to ours – she is originally from India and could write Hindi very well.  She was kind enough to send me several different scripts of what I wanted. 

For the first few hours I had the Henna Tattoo I had to keep my shirt off my arm where the henna tattoo was as it was still wet.  I had several Indian people stop to look and one couple actually took a picture!!

I was still concerned about the style of lettering and nervous about actually getting a tattoo – hell, it’s permanent!  I was not only relieved when Stacie-Rae did the stencil of the tattoo that she was going to put on my arm, I was thrilled.  While she was inking me – I didn’t mention that I don’t do well with needles did I? – Stacie was friendly and kept me distracted. 

I absolutely love the finished product.  Stacie you rock!! You are a god!!

If anyone reads this and they note any sort of misspelling, please keep it to yourself.  The tattoo is permanent and I don’t want to go through the rest of my life thinking that it is incorrect 🙂

Thanks Leah, Zhilicka and Stacie for your help on this.

“Live Life”

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