In Nomini Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti
"In Nomini Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti"... to every religious person or vigilante out there, these words are instantly recognizable. I'll never forget the first time I saw the Boondock Saints. At the end of the movie, I turned to my friend and said, "DUDE. Can we do this?!" He's been calling me VJ (Vigilante Justice) since then. I'm not (noticeably) Irish or religious, but that phrase, to me, means what all of my tattoos have meant: I DO WHAT I DO. Or specifically, in this case, I am my own father, son and Holy Ghost, and no law is above my own. My mom, however, just thinks I've returned to my faith in her savior...
When I met Doobie as an artist, I knew he was the guy to do my lower back piece. When I told him vaguely what I wanted ("well, they use Beretta 92FS's, and I like everything they say in the courtroom before they execute Yakavetti..."), he quickly came up with the drawing that became my tattoo. That's one thing I can always count on Doobie for, he takes my ideas and makes them into awesome tattoos. I had met him previously, but I hadn't seen any of his work besides what he had done on himself (his face!). Then, while he was still at Uptown, I was "shopping" for a new artist and started looking at the tattoos he'd done. I liked his style a lot. Then he and Carrie opened up Hybrid Image, and I knew I had to start getting tattooed by them the second I saw the (bright purple) building.
So we scheduled a date for my first session, which was just the outline. I went in one day before work, and Doobie finished the outline fairly quickly. I went on to work, and that was a horrible idea, might I add. My last three tattoos I've gotten within hours of work... and regretted it later, haha. It's not so much that it hurts, it's just not healthy for the tattoo. Think friction and a lot of movement on a really fresh tattoo; bad news.
I healed, but the shop fell victim to the Ohio blackout cause by Hurricane Ike weather patterns, and I had to wait a week for the shop to get power again. That was a terrible week for the shop, since no one could work and we all got restless. After a five second stint up the pole by Duke Energy (grr), power was back. We scheduled session two. It got pushed back an hour by my exam. It got pushed back another hour or two once I was there. I wasn't complaining though, because the piece he was working on was fucking sick. It seems like any time I come in the shop, he or Carrie is working on something amazing.
We started at around 1am. He and Carrie were both working on tattoos, so it was a very relaxed, fun atmosphere. Carrie was working on a gorgeous portrait with text of Bob Marley on a girl's leg. I got to watch that while Doobie worked on my back. My wife (Lisaf3r) and her/our friend Steve were there to watch me grimace through the green ink. We stopped around 3am when I finally said, "...donnnne." Actually, I think it was more like, "I can't sit through the background color on this half tonight.../whine..." At about an hour and a half, I began shaking and my whole body was numb, so that last half hour was no picnic. I hated to puss out, but it was late and my body wasn't pleased. So now I have one more session... and I can't fucking wait. =]
I spend a lot of time there, and I absolutely love Hybrid Image. Doobie and Carrie are both really good artists, and the general mood of the shop is fantastic. I love that while they are a "street shop", they love to do custom work. I love that I can go in with an idea, and either (or both) of them will have something amazing to contribute to it, and be actually excited about doing the tattoo, which is something I feel a lot of the shops are missing around here. Even when they're just doing flash work off the wall, they always manage to make it into something unique for the customer. The piercer who owns that portion of the shop, Cory, is about to pierce a few things for me too (cheeks, microdermals), but it's some custom stuff and I'm really excited that he's willing to work it out with me. I just like that every time I leave Hybrid Image, I'm happy.
There's more info about Doobie (and Carrie and Hybrid Image) on their Myspace, or at their website, Hybrid Image Tattoo.com.. I'm still working on getting that completely launched, but it should be done really soon!
There are better pictures on my IAM,
and there will be more pictures once we finish session three (next week!).
submitted by: Anonymous
on: 21 Oct. 2008