According to one of those quiz thingies on Facebook, if I were a fairytale creature, I’d be a dragon. I’m quite happy with this. Powerful, beautiful – and I would hope, immune to the common cold. Managed to avoid catching one all winter and then spent this last week sniffling, coughing and generally feeling yuk. Grr.
Before I caught the dreaded lurgy, I spent an enjoyable weekend at the Scottish Tattoo Convention. So what happens at a tattoo convention, you may ask? Well, artists come from all over the world and tattoo people! It’s a great opportunity to get work done by someone you’d never normally meet. One of the great things about the internet and social media is you can find out in advance who’s coming, discuss what you want, and make an appointment. Or you can simply arrive on the day and see who’s got ‘walk-up’ space.
There’s plenty to amuse you if you’re not getting tattooed, or you’re waiting for someone who’s getting inked (hubby, of course). Shopping! There are stalls selling clothes, accessories, jewellery, shoes, art. You can often buy art from the tattoo artists, as well. These guys and girls do amazing paintings, drawings, etc. Vintage style is very popular and I spent a while at the vintage beauty parlour, getting hair, nails and make up done. There are bands playing, circus sideshow acts, burlesque artists. There are competitions for best tattoos; existing ones and those done on the day.
People watching is also a great way to pass the time. 🙂
There was a charity raffle for customised Doc Martin shoes, bags, and other goods (didn’t win anything – bah).
For some, the sight of this tattooed, pierced, strangely dressed ‘alternative community’ can be a bit scary. It’s a cliché, I know, but a nicer bunch of folks you couldn’t hope to meet. You get chatting to all kinds of people. Kids are welcome (there are warnings about the acts you might not want them to see), and they can get their faces painted or temporary tattoos put on or whatever. Some little girls were getting their hair done vintage-style. I would have loved that when I was a kid!
Still on the subject of dragons, hubby got his fourth dragon tattoo, courtesy of wonderful artist Dave Fox, of True Hand Studio, Philadelphia. There are some pics below.
So after this fun weekend I felt sorry for myself for the rest of the week. Pathetic, I know. I HATE being ill. I did manage to complete my Creative Writing course assignment on time. This one was Life Writing – I did a bit of autobiography mixed with travel writing. Let’s see how I get on. My tutor has three sets of assignments to mark, so I might not get it back until next week.
In other news, and still on dragons, my good friend Lily Eva over at Lilicasplace nominated me for a Dragon’s Loyalty Award – my second one. Thanks, Lily! I’m not doing the award-related post but I’m very grateful to be nominated. Check out Lilicasplace for the amazing story of this lady who survived a stroke and is bravely telling the story of it, as well as writing fiction and being a great supporter of other bloggers. Mwah!
I’m now off to do all the writing I should have done last week when I was being poorly. We have just bought a new computer, complete with a lovely ergonomic keyboard, so you should hear less threats from me about throwing the contraption out of the window. 😉
Have a great week all!