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  • posted: January 04 @ 6:58am
all pain is relative

i have eight tattoos and 4 piercings.

the piercings are all standard, two in my left ear, one in my right and my tongue. i`ve had my ears pierced since the 80s. it seems funny to say that, but i`ve had my ears pierced almost half my life.

i did them at different points over the period of a year, much to my mother`s chagrin, but by the time she realised they had been done, they were healed.
the tongue was and is my last piercing. i have no desire to do anywhere else. i had it done in london just over 3 years ago. the immediate pain was like biting my tongue and for the days following i lived on soup, spaghetti and other easily swallowed food all chased by my ever present companion listerine.
most people don`t know my tongue is pierced, i don`t click, i don`t lisp and i don`t play with it in public. i like to believe my piercing is functional, not decorative.

my first tattoo was a mouse done in my apartment by a guy with a needle, it wasn`t very attractive and i`m proud to say it`s since been covered by the moon on my right bicep.

my first real tattoo was a 13″ sun on my right shoulder blade. it took three sittings to complete. i spent most of the first sitting fighting back the tears with the bene gesserit mantra, however towards the end of the sitting some girl walked in and completely broke my concentration. i finally broke down and cried.
the second and third sitting, as well as the moon on my bicep and my daughter`s name in sanskrit was a walk in the park. i had learned the joy of pain.

the first prick of the needle is always unexpected, but after a while the hum of the machine, the smell of ink and blood and the sting of your skin becomes quite comforting. i think that`s what makes tattoos so addictive.

originally the theme of my ink was stellar. the sun on my back, the moon on my bicep, a comet on left forearm. but it changed somewhere along the line. it`s more about permanence. the ourobus on my right forearm is a symbol of fertility and the infinite. the waves at the base of my spine are off my wedding band.

i`m in the process of doing a new piece which is somewhat indicative of the confusion and frustration in my life now. it hasn`t been titled yet. i feel the need to get back to it.

keifel a. agostini
september 8, 2003

Comments

Brian says:
Excellent tattoo, and great caption. Bonus points for throwing in a Dune reference. Frank Herbert is my favorite author. "Fear is the mindkiller. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past me I will turn to see fear's path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

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Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 7:07am -
michaeljstraub says:
Is it possible for a full back shot? I love that we get a keifel quote!
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 7:09am -
jnonfiction says:
Tattoos are definitely a lifestyle
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 7:12am -
robberfly says:
nice tat
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 7:18am -
Ula O cealleigh says:
wow!!! thankyou for sharing your body art history & updating us man!! :)
always informative!!! super stuff!
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 7:21am -
ThatGuy says:
You nailed the tattoo process description. I zone out to the hum of the machine so easily. I've fallen asleep in a tattoo chair. It's so soothing.
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 7:27am -
mattyc says:
When you were talking about the 13" sun...I totally read it as you got your first tatoo when you were 13..and I was like damn son.
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 7:45am -
hankbobs says:
Yeah, didn't think I had time for the whole caption, but read it all once I started. I don't think I will get addicted to getting inked, but what you said makes sense. Great idea on the bene gesserit mantra to handle the pain. Great tats!
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 7:53am -
Andrew says:
Kinged for Bene Gesserit training. I too need to get back in the chair.
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 10:29am -
Yogi Beard says:
Absolutely love the caption. Particularly the fact that you probably know the Weirding Way.
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 11:45am -
Gavin says:
i find the process more comforting then painful as well.
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 12:12pm -
josh says:
Great story, and great tattoo. Thank you very much for sharing.
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 12:51pm -
mc sauce says:
fantastic tattoo and the story to go with it. i dig it
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 5:46pm -
Ozzy Nelson says:
i love the piece.

I hate the pain.
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 6:24pm -
jracecar says:
great story, man.
Posted: Jan 4th, 2010 - 8:42pm -
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