On Thursday, July 15, I did something that I previously had not done in over 11 years; I got a new tattoo. I don’t think you can really call it a mid-life crisis since I’m only 37-years-old, right?!
On my left upper arm resides a brand new (still healing) hover board tattoo. You know, like from the “Back to the Future” movies, the thing that Marty McFly rides around on and ends up using to save Doc and Clara at the end of the third film.
I 100% realize how nerdy that sounds and I certainly respect and value all opinions, but it’s my arm and it was my choice. If anything, this summer has been one of personal acceptance for me. I’ve worn tank tops for the first time in forever, and am working on not having any body image issues, or embracing the skin I’m in if you will.
I forgot that tattoos take a while to fully heal. Depending upon when you’re reading this column, I’m a day or two away from being two weeks removed from having it and that much closer to being healed.
“Back to the Future Part 2” is my all-time favorite movie. It was released in 1989 when I was six-years-old, and it made such a lasting impact on my life. Yes, I’m fully prepared to be a man of 60-70 years of age and having to explain that tattoo to my future grandchildren.
I’m pleased to report that I have zero regrets of the five tattoos that I have, the first one being a nearly 19-years-old one that I got as a freshman at St. Ambrose University. My mom won’t mind if I share that upon calling her to share the news of the tattoo, circa September of 2002, she started crying on the phone. I’m unsure if her tears were more from a place of her son growing up or if she was disappointed in my decision. Maybe I should ask her to clarify!
Will I have the same reaction in the future when Henry, Theodore, or Lucy make the same phone call? Only time will tell.
It wasn’t until 2007 that I would add my second tattoo (right forearm) and the following year my third (left upper arm). Prior to the hover board, my last tattoo (left forearm) took place in 2010. None of my five tattoos are offensive, and when I’m wearing a long sleeved shirt, they’re all hidden, which is something that I don’t mind.
I’m already thinking of other smaller tattoos that I could (possibly) add to my left arm to make it into a half sleeve. Would the 1989 Tim Burton “Batman” logo look good next to the hover board? Maybe?
For now I’m going to continue letting this one fully heal and hope that it happens before the aquatic center closes. You’re supposed to wait two to four weeks to go swimming following a tattoo.