Last Day of TB Festivities-Mini Meet up @ the Tattoo Shop and Dick's Last Resort

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Joe and I chillen before my session started

Yikes....the day was finally here!! Melanie and I had made tattoo appointments back in July now that Living Dead was open!!! I'd been waiting for Nickhole to open the new shop as I had a cover up piece I wanted her to do and ironically, Melanie had the same tattoo artist in mind - talk about great minds think alike!!!  We went in back in July to visit her and make sure she could do a cover up on my leg easily before I started planning and got my hopes up.  Well, Nickhole had said there wouldn't be any problem doing it and we discussed doing a Jack and Sally / Nightmare Before Xmas scene which is something I've been wanting for years.  In talking with her today that I wanted to incorporate more of the Haunted Mansion Holiday / ride in it.

Hmmm, guess it was bad afterall!!! Look at that face!!! HA HA HA
.......we talked about changing the piece for my leg and doing the Jack/Sally piece elsewhere.  Nickhole asked if I liked the Hitch Hiking Ghosts from Haunted Mansion.....OMG - HECK YEAH!!! Mel knows what my house looks like with all the ghosts and Haunted Mansion memoribilia!!!  The ghosts are one of the main things I wanted to incorporate in my leg piece.  After a little discussion, Nickhole was off running with ideas and my small cover up now turned into 3/4 of my lower leg being done!!! Eeeeeeeek. 

Nickhole is one of the coolest and most awesome tattoo artists ever.  Mel and I had such a blast hanging out with her when we looked up and in walks Joe (vimessir) from Australia!!! He wanted to come watch us get our work done and Louise wanted to swing by too.

With Nickhole..she's awesome!!!
  OMG, a TB meet up at the tattoo parlor.....probably not what Eric and David envisioned for the site but hey, what a way for TB's to bond!!! LOL.

There were so many hilarious moments of the day, I am not sure I can remember them all.  Nickhole warned me if I got her sick I'd have hitchhiking porn stars on my leg instead of ghosts.  Some analogy of saran wrap and condoms.  And then it was time for me to hop on the chair.  Yikes...I really haven't had much work done in the last few years...other that the color retouch on my Pooh Bear the last time I was in the shop in July which wasn't that much.  This would be my biggest and most detailed tattoo yet.  I am a trooper, it won't faze me, right??? WRONG!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG.

Mel, Qiana, and Joe at Dick's
...over 3 hours later, Nickhole only finished the line work since the piece was so detailed.  My leg was so swollen and just agonizing to touch.  I didn't flinch on the tattoo much although it hurt like a son of a &*$@) but when she tried to massage my leg to get the circulation going and the swelling down, it took Mel and Joe to practically hold me down.  I was about to jump off the chair, turned bright red, and wanted to curse very very loudly!!!

Uuuugh, it was time for a break and for Melanie to hop on up!!! She had been so indecisive on what she was going to get for sure and where.....typical Melanie! LOL.  She finally decided on Pon from her favorite cartoon - Pon and Zi.  In this particular cartoon, he's holding a cookie.

LMAO!!!!!!!!!
..I told Melanie she should switch it up for a cupcake.....how fitting, eh??? :D  We decided it was probably best Mel did her ankle as it's fairly low on the pain scale versus getting a big piece on her back to start!! Nickhole started a couple dots just so Mel could be used to the needle and how it feels and she said 'no big deal, it didn't hurt, and she was ready to go'.  Uh yeah, just as I figured, Mel about leaped off the table when the first long line was done.  She was not handling it all that well and her leg was even trembling at one point.  Joe and I talked her through the breathing and *poof* just like that, an hour later she was done!! :D Now, in true Mel fashion and for most who've had tattoos done, she's already planning her next one!!! In fact, when Nickhole made my follow up appointment for the color and retouch, she automatically added Mel to the appt slot and booked some extra time for her next one because she knew Mel would be back!! HA HA HA.
Watch out Joe!!! LOL
 

Next, Mel wanted a cupcake instead of Grey Goose to nurse the pain of her ankle.  My leg at this point was swollen like the size of a house and it hurt to even walk. Joe was laughing at us moaning and groaning as we made our way into Cupcake Lane Bakery.  Priorities baby!!! We then went back to Mel's house to kill a little time before picking up Louise for our last night hanging together.  We decided to take Joe and Louise to Dick's Last Resort for a little last minute embarrassment before sending them off!!  My friend Qiana from work ended up being able to join us which was awesome since I haven't seen her since my last trip out in July. 

Uhhh, Dick's Last Resort was interesting to say the least.  Louise figured out where we were going and was a great sport about it.

Awwww...we are adorable!
  Apparenlty we arrived too late in the evening for one of Taco's speciality lap dances...but our waitresss made up for it with Joe! LOL.  We got our hats which all had hilarious sayings:

Me: I use these for flotation devices (Two Arrows pointing down)

Qiana: I've swallowed more seaman than the Titanic

Louise: I've slid down more poles than a Las Vegas stripper

Melanie: I've been tea bagged so much my name is Lipton

Joe:  Joe's was great...he had a checklist!!! Eat at Dick's (Check)  Get a lap dance (check) See Tom Jones ; Buy a wig from a hooker store

These were great and we tried to get Louise and Joe to continue wearing them outside of Dick's but I think they wanted to kill Melanie and I both!! LOL.

I think Joe wants to kill us for this!! :D
  Mel and I were good sports for a bit but we did get a lot of interesting comments on the walk back to NY NY Hotel. 

We got back to NY NY and Louise decided to call it a night as she was tired and had an early flight.  Joe hung out with us for a bit at the piano bar because we wanted to get him in on the embarrassment a bit.  I knew Kevin who was peforming there that night and Al ended up being on too (Al was playing at Harrah's on Sunday night when we took Louise and the gang).  We knew we weren't going to stay long as Joe had an early morning drive and I was headed back to Cali with Michelle as well to start my whirlwind tourguide stint for the weekend!

Can't thank all the TB's enough for a wonderful week and looking forward to crossing paths with everyone again - some I will be seeing sooner than later and can't wait!!!

 

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Joe and I chillen before my sessio…
Joe and I chillen before my sessi…
Hmmm, guess it was bad afterall!!!…
Hmmm, guess it was bad afterall!!…
With Nickhole..shes awesome!!!
With Nickhole..she's awesome!!!
Mel, Qiana, and Joe at Dicks
Mel, Qiana, and Joe at Dick's
LMAO!!!!!!!!!
LMAO!!!!!!!!!
Watch out Joe!!! LOL
Watch out Joe!!! LOL
Awwww...we are adorable!
Awwww...we are adorable!
I think Joe wants to kill us for t…
I think Joe wants to kill us for …
What I was having covered up
What I was having covered up
This doesnt surprise you now does…
This doesn't surprise you now doe…
My design!! :D
My design!! :D
Welcome to Living Dead Tattoo
Welcome to Living Dead Tattoo
He was hanging out in the waiting …
He was hanging out in the waiting…
Getting ready to begin
Getting ready to begin
There Nickhole goes..no turning ba…
There Nickhole goes..no turning b…
The first part of the design
The first part of the design
More of the design
More of the design
Starting on Ezra (my favorite!)
Starting on Ezra (my favorite!)
Some of the linework on Ezra
Some of the linework on Ezra
Phineas in progress
Phineas in progress
Ezra
Ezra
Phineas
Phineas
Gus (he is the coverup piece)
Gus (he is the coverup piece)
Melanie freaking out before shes …
Melanie freaking out before she's…
Cmon girl...relax
C'mon girl...relax
Uh oh...outline done, time to tatt…
Uh oh...outline done, time to tat…
The face of nervous anticipation
The face of nervous anticipation
Look at the sigh of relief..oh tha…
Look at the sigh of relief..oh th…
Mel able to handle the shading/col…
Mel able to handle the shading/co…
Ok, maybe that hurt too!! LOL
Ok, maybe that hurt too!! LOL
The initial outline done
The initial outline done
Nickholes apprentice having to do…
Nickhole's apprentice having to d…
OMG...look Ket!!!
OMG...look Ket!!!
Working on the shading
Working on the shading
The finished product
The finished product
Shes all smiles now!!!
She's all smiles now!!!
Mel and Nickhole
Mel and Nickhole
Still all smiles!!!
Still all smiles!!!
LMAO!!!! For my bat king!!
LMAO!!!! For my bat king!!
Mel and I...all done!
Mel and I...all done!
Cupcake rewards!
Cupcake rewards!
Our three cupcakes!!! :D
Our three cupcakes!!! :D
Mel still in pain!!!
Mel still in pain!!!
Hee Hee..we corrupted Joe into pla…
Hee Hee..we corrupted Joe into pl…
OMG..that cupcake didnt stand a c…
OMG..that cupcake didn't stand a …
Louise and I at Dicks
Louise and I at Dick's
Uhh, a little thirsty there Mel?!?!
Uhh, a little thirsty there Mel?!?!
We loved thse guys....free mustach…
We loved thse guys....free mustac…
Sheep Fear Me!! Mel and I had to h…
Sheep Fear Me!! Mel and I had to …
Joe getting a lap dance of sorts..…
Joe getting a lap dance of sorts.…
Joe sporting his new hat
Joe sporting his new hat
Louise and her adorable hat
Louise and her adorable hat
I had no idea what mine said at th…
I had no idea what mine said at t…
Mel with a nervous look of what he…
Mel with a nervous look of what h…
Poor Qiana! LOL
Poor Qiana! LOL
Mel and I proudly sporting our hat…
Mel and I proudly sporting our ha…
Joe up at the piano bar!!
Joe up at the piano bar!!
Kevin performing
Kevin performing
The guys from Boston talking to Ke…
The guys from Boston talking to K…
Kevins performing partner Eric
Kevin's performing partner Eric
HA HA...the cowbell volunteer from…
HA HA...the cowbell volunteer fro…
Joe being called up on the piano!!
Joe being called up on the piano!!
What a good sport Joe is!
What a good sport Joe is!
The are singing to Joes itty bitt…
The are singing to Joe's itty bit…
Al giving me one of his looks as I…
Al giving me one of his looks as …
Al showing me his better side!! LOL
Al showing me his better side!! LOL
Mel and Joe...and their new friend…
Mel and Joe...and their new frien…
Mel trying to find our car again!!…
Mel trying to find our car again!…
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