Monday, August 3, 2009

What I Did Last Week

It's a Monday morning and the only sensible thing is to start by apologising for revealing a tad of RD flesh at this stage of the day and week, even a wrist. So I'm sorry, particularly if it's put you off your breakfast.

There it is. I've pontificated long enough, but tat two has been chosen and installed and I'm particularly pleased with it. There's no deep significance to it, no meaning at all. It's not an ancient family symbol or a way of expressing my passion for Lanka or drumming in a language that many wouldn't understand, all of which are things I considered.

It's just a design that I liked, which is probably a good way of choosing. The second choice, the only other viable option was the Chinese character for drum. I spent many minutes looking at it and contemplating, in the end deciding that Chinese characters are a bit too high fashion, that in years to come they'll look as if I had something done that was all the rage at the time. This one also matches tat one, hopefully not so much that I'm doing the bodily art equivalent of wearing jeans with a matching denim jacket.

I went for dinner at the 'rents' place on Friday night and I must admit I was amused and slightly surprised by their reaction. My Mum took a look at it and her instant reaction was a grimace and an "uurgh" as if she was watching one of those emails fellows send round, the ones that are fundamentally vile but you feel compelled to watch again and again.

Then her interest got the better of her and she looked at it in detail and asked questions about it, how it takes to heal, how it felt and so on.

My Dad was just funny. He took one look at it, said "chee" and made a face as if I'd just been found guilty of attempting to assassinate Barack Obama while wearing a T shirt saying that I was doing it on behalf of my family on my Dad's side. Yes, it was a "chee" with a particularly hard ch to it.

Later on over dinner I laughed. They've got a couple of guests staying there, pretty much compulsory for Sri Lankan parents I know. I was showing the tattoo to the guests, not by choice but because my Mum had done the Lankan mother thing of telling them about it and making me show them.

One half of the two guests said that he'd quite like to get one and casually asked my Dad if he had any.

"No" came the reply.

"I don't believe in them."

"They do exist you know Dad" was my all too clever retort.

"They're not like UFOs or ghosts."

He scowled at me, in that way that I try to scowl at the girls but can never quite manage.

I shut up.

The parents bit was easy.

I've yet to tell the girls and A quite seriously told me that she might not talk to me ever again if I was to get a second one done.

We'll see on Wednesday.

Have a splendid week all.


Anonymous said...

Puke. Puke.
Hightime you went to a dermatologist. Ugly skin. Must be some skin disease. This is what happens when you masturbate on your own. Cure your skin

Puke Puke

Angel said...

That's really nice, I love how strong the colours are... but that'd probably fade over time eh?

Anonymous said...

That's nice one! My dawter had a henna one done which looks quite like that!I don't allow the permanent kind!the thought of needles make me go ouch! Well hope all is well!


Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Anon 1 - I lolled at your very childish commnet. Pure class! Thanks.

Angel - Thanks. The colours will fade a bit yes. At the moment it's a bitm ore vivid because it's got the cream that I've been told to put on for a couple of weeks to keep it moist. It's also a bit lumpy until the skin heals fully.

Indy - All is well here thank you. I'm one of these types who is the total opposite of squeamish and watchted the needle as it was doing its thing with interest.

Anonymous said...

Looking good RD.

Anon 1 makes me laugh. Clearly the same guy that heckles from afar all the time.

The greatest compliment I guess to you, is that he hates what you write, what you wear, how you look, what tattoo you have, and still he keeps reading your blog.

Fascinating and yet totally insane.

David Blacker said...

Nice one, RD.

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Anon 3 - Thank you as well. It's almost as if I humiliated that poor Anon in a former life isn't it? Though his comment this time is truly one of the funniesst I've ever received.

DB - Ta very much.

Anonymous said...

@ Anon 3,

Aney Dahling,so sweet of you. I read because I beleive in Charity reading for hysterical wannabe authors. Puke. Just see his fugly hand man. Puke

Much love & pain in my heart

Anon 1 (Official name henceforth)

Gypsy said...

Hahaha. Nice one - on several counts!!!! I lolled too.

Nice tattoo. Nice hand. Nice blog.

ViceUnVersa said...

ohhhh... you defa aroused in me the needs for a new one. I love it!
With Uncle Sam these days and enjoying the weather but do try to visit LL&D even if occasionally.
Heading off on a road trip to Indiana and hopefully take some pix to make your photo of the moment.
Take care and have a good one RD.

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

DD - thank you, I'm missing you but sounds like you're having a good time.

I heard a rumour that there's only one organ on your body without a tattoo, I'll look out and see if there are any very small designs available!


Anonymous said...

ewwww, old man flesh.

Rhythmic Diaspora said...

Hello Anon, haven't seen you around for a while!

Dee said...

that's cool. I want another. I swear you right like Jerome K. Jerome. Read 3 men in a boat? :D fun.