I love new tattoo day. It’s one of my favorites, right after new tortoise day and new book day and new boots day.
Almost a year ago I lost my Gramma and I’ve intended all along to get a memorial tattoo around the anniversary of her passing. When the Promotions Manager told me she wanted to check out Skinny Boy Tattoo because they a) had an artist experienced in doing water color style tattoos (which she was eager to get) and 2) had a ‘name your price as long as it is reasonable’ deal going for the month of October, I was happy to tag along with her. I’ve been in the market for a new regular artist ever since moving to Spokane and while I’ve visited a couple that I liked, I’m still looking for one I trust enough to touch up my older tattoos and work on new pieces for me.
I ended up seeing Raymond, owner of Skinny Boy, who’s been tattooing for 26 years and who I’m happy to report certainly seems to know his stuff. My new tattoo is relatively simple – just some cherry blossoms in purple and green (TheGramma’s fave colors) on my foot – but I wanted it to be similar to the memorial tattoo on my other foot that I got ten years ago after my stepfather passed away. Not having a stencil to work from, Raymond had to freehand the design right on my skin, which looked a bit messy but seemed to work as the finished product is AWESOME. I’m so happy with it I can’t stop talking about it. I’m sure it’s gotten pretty obnoxious at this point.
The PromoManager’s tattoo also turned out excellent, in case you were wondering. Watercolor style is relatively new and I’ve seen some examples online that were less than stellar but Brittney knew what she was doing. Here’s a quick MiaTip to keep in mind if/when getting your own tattoos: RESEARCH YOUR ARTIST BEFORE GETTING A TATTOO. ESPECIALLY if you want a very specific style or a custom design. Not all tattoo artists are created equal and if you don’t take the time to figure that out you may regret it.
Anyhoo, so moving on (because I could just sit and talk about tattoos all day but that would probably get boring after a while), what else have I been up to in the last couple of weeks? I’m so glad you asked!
I hit Borracho up for meals twice. I tried their new Crunchy Wrap, which is like the Taco Bell Crunch Wrap Supreme only better and with a ‘y’. The thing was HUGE and full of beans and pork and pico and cheese and it came with salsa but I ordered queso to dip it in because QUESO. Also it had a side of chips and chips NEED queso. It’s like a thing.
I met with my fellow local Modified Dolls to plan some charity events for the next few months (including a benefit show at Underground 15 on November 29th for House of Charity and Second Harvest so BE THERE). We congregated at Chairs Public House, which was full of chairs, and in between important planning discussions I harassed the bartender a bit. He makes these awesome looking drinks based on Disney Princesses and I want to make the Maleficent but I haven’t been able to get my hands on black Vodka so I had to give him a hard time. He took it pretty well though and managed to snark back at me like a pro. I always appreciate such things in my bartenders.
I also hit up Uncle D’s for some Open Mic comedy for the first time in a month or so. It seemed quieter than normal and I don’t know if that is a fall related thing or what, but most of the regular Open Mic comedians were there and I was with friends so I still had a good time. Before going to the club we all stopped for dinner at Kim’s Korean up on Division. The space is tiny, there are doilies on all the chairs, and our table didn’t seem big enough to hold everything we ordered BUT the food was amazing. A friend who spent time teaching English in South Korea took responsibility for ordering and we all shared the amazingly tasty dishes.
So tasty. I can’t even remember the name of everything we ate but it was all good. We left completely stuffed and happy.
Well that seems like enough babbling today. I’m gonna wrap up this installment of Adventures in Spokane on that tasty note. I’ll be back in a week or so to talk about Halloween parties, riffing giant snakes, and comic conventions. To pass the time until I return why don’t you head out for some adventures of your own? If you’re lucky you might see me bouncing around town while you’re out there (and if you can find me I’ll give you a prize)!
– Mia V.
This week’s Adventures in Spokane brought to you by:
Skinny Boy Tattoo & Body Piercing Clinic
Borracho Tacos & Tequileria
The Modified Dolls WA Chapter
Chairs Public House
Uncle D’s Comedy Underground
Kim’s Korean Restaurant