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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

The Illustrated Man, Part 12: Big D

Unlike most of my tattoos, this one actually has a story. Not much of a story mind you, but a story nonetheless. Sometime in middle school, a friend of mine (not sure which one at this point) out of nowhere called me "Big D". There wasn't any rhyme or reason for it; just one of those nicknames you give a friend in school at random. Somehow, this nickname caught on, and by the end of 8th grade, all of my friends were calling me "Big D" all the time. Fast forward a few years, after high school and once I was in the real world, and people were still calling me that. Even friends who I didn't go to school with would refer to me as such. By late 2006, I still had the nickname and was so used to people calling me Big D that it didn't even phase me anymore. So, I decided to go with my mom to Tiki Tattoo in Lacey, WA and get it tattooed on me (She also got tattooed with me that day, as she is also a tattoo fan and has half a dozen or so pieces herself. On a side note, if you're a bodybuilding fan, check out to see her official website). From there, I chose the colors black and yellow for the design, as it is my all-time favorite color combination. The end result is what you see in the picture, located on the back of my neck. Courtesy of Brad at Tiki Tattoo.

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