I only have two tattoos, which is honestly kind of an accomplishment for a so-called Gen Xer who spent her formative years in major metropolitan areas. Not that everybody my age has tattoos, of course, but where I'm from, it's much more common than not. And many folks have LOTS of ink. I have to confess that if I were younger, 20 pounds lighter, and didn't care if I ever got promoted at work, I would so totally go for it with a tattoo sleeve. I just plain love a well-done sleeve, where the images complement one another and it doesn't look like just a hodgepodge of random tats held together by a background color.
Anyway, my first tattoo was of Jiminy Cricket. The reason I got that one is simple: I'm a Disneyland fanatic, and Jiminy just seemed like the embodiment of all things Disney. He stars in one of the original animated classics (Pinocchio, 1940), he's a good guy, and one of my favorite spots in all of Disneyland is walking through Sleeping Beauty's Castle and hearing "When You Wish Upon a Star" playing softly. I just knew I wouldn't regret sporting Jiminy Cricket on my bod permanently, and I haven't over the years, not even once.
For the record, I'm not the kind of person who assigns deep symbolic meaning to my tattoos the way you see on those awful reality shows (like, "This lily is in memory of my grandmother because this one time she gave me lilies when I had tonsillitis and I always think of her when I see them and when she died it was sooooooo saaaaaaaaad but now she'll live forever through this tribute to her above my ass-crack"). Gag.
So I got the Jiminy Cricket tattoo in 1996 (that's 16 years ago, for the mathematically challenged). Time had not been kind to the cricket; he was faded and blurry and just looking kind of sorry. I confess that I wasn't the best about keeping him religiously moisturized. But I'm not a sun-worshipper (I actually loathe the sun and avoid it at all costs), so it really didn't make sense that he'd faded so badly.
Wednesday I went to Side Show Studios, my preferred tattooing establishment, and artist Josh brought Jiminy Cricket back to life. Please ignore any weird spots it might seem to have -- it's still very much in the process of healing.
Oh, and the hidden and mysterious symbolic meaning of the upcoming tat? "I still like Disneyland." Deep, huh?