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Erik Reime

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The Biography of the Snake
including addition 15 years later!

Around February 1991:
The first look in the catalogues of Erik Reime in his Studio. He has got some examples of the Celtic/Urne style, that I am looking for.
August 10th 1998:
More checking of catalogues. There still is some examples in his catalogues of what I want. I make an appointment for August 31st.
August 31st:
The big day. I arrive 20 minutes before the appointed time. Erik has already finished his first customer. Colin is in the middle of a tattoo. I tell Erik that I would actually like to get a Celtic dragon, twisting around my left upper arm. I can not find the catalogue with the examples, but that does not matter much. Erik already has an idea of the style. To get room for details, I ask him to do it in a suitable size. Erik starts drawing on my arm with a soft tipped pencil. I look at in the mirror, and don't really like the dragon's head, so I make him design a snake instead - of course still in the Celtic tradition. By now I have moved a small mirror, and placed it so that I can follow what is happening while Erik is designing. The snake's head starts off quite small, but along the way it grows bigger and bigger, and I sit there trying to get used to the idea. Intellectually speaking, I know I had asked Erik to do the design "suitably big", but with my feelings it takes time to accept that Erik is doing it that big.

When Erik has finished the design, he redraws it with a felt pen, and then he puts out needles and ink. The tattooing of the outline and other lines hurt a bit, the rest is a bit easier. The actual tattooing process lasts about 2 hours and I am quite exhausted afterwards. I get liquid plaster (sealing) sprayed all over the tattoo in the end. As the plaster wears off in washing, I am to apply Helosan salve on the tattoo, and when it starts itching (like any wound will do when healing), I must under no circumstances scratch it.

It is a very special and quite wonderful feeling to sit and look at my new tattoo.
Thank you, Erik.

Later that day, the rest of the family gets to see the tattoo - the accept it and finds it good (my son thinks it is wildly cool). That night I sleep partly on my back, and partly on my right side (!).

September 1st, 1998:
I am not washing the plaster off the tattoo yet. My left shoulder is a bit sore.
September 2nd 1998:
The plaster has started peeling off, and most of it washes off in the morning shower. I am only a little sore in the shoulder. Not much scab has formed yet.
September 4th 1998:
Increasing itching.
September 5th 1998:
Increasing itching. I bought a t-shirt without arms, good idea. Parts of the skin peels off as part of the healing process. Some of the colour goes as well. I hope not too much of the colour disappears.
September 6th:
Decreasing itching. By now, so much of the outer layer of skin has fallen off, so I get an idea of how the tattoo will look in the future. Not nearly as much colour as I feared for some time, is missing. I don't think I will notice the change in the intensity of the colour at all after a while.
September 8th:
Itching is by now almost nothing, and I do not apply anymore salve.
Several times - every day:
It is noticeable how much more aware I have become of my left upper arm. Many times a day I think of my snake, and can "see" it, even though I am wearing a shirt.
My planned dragon got to be a snake - I wonder if that is because dragons are to the right? or because they look backwards?...

I really don't know. Maybe we meet again, Erik.

15 years later, October 2013:
There you go - we did meet again, Erik, just like I had a hunch about back in 1998. This time my snake will have a follower in the dragon that I could not bear last time. After many years of speculation, I have made my decision and now I am excited about what we will decide.
Slangens drage
My thoughts in the years that have gone, has to a large extent been to enlarge the tattoo, but not everybody in the family were quite a enthusiastic as myself. Of course I do decide what will happen to my body, and how I treat it, but just as naturally I am in a social relationship where of course I will not bother others more that is necessary, since we will still have to be in a good relation. So after rather many short talks on the topic, we agreed on the extension and that is should still be restricted to upper arm and shoulder.

I had been thinking that the dragon should also be on the left shoulder, looking back and maybe share the tail with the snake. What will you  think about it, Erik, when you meet the snake again?

Erik immediately pointed out that the two tattoos would look rather different due to the age differing of 15 years, so he suggested to do the new tattoo on my right shoulder. I had given the age difference some thought in advance, and did not mind it. Maybe I would even  be happy that the two animals show a different age. After all I have also changed age!

On the other hand, and just because of the age diffenence I had to accept Erik's suggestion that they should not share a tail. That would simply look too strange. Along the same line, we agreed that they should not intertwine, like I had originally imagined.

The result was that the dragon should face backwards (the Hugin/Munin principle) and that it should go outside the snake.

The only remaining thing was that I had repressed one little detail about tattooing, but no matter - I am very satisfied with the result. Well designed Erik-
Once again thank you very much for a job well done!
2nd Epilog
I wonder what a gripping beast really is? Carpe Diem!

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