While shopping….

While shopping this afternoon, I saw something at a supermarket and just had to get it.

It was a toy, but before you roll your eyes, I get it, late thirties, shouldn’t be buying toys. Like many comic fans I have bought actions figures, as decoration. One by one, they fell into disinterest until my son was born, at which point, I knew where they’d end up. So any toys have been his, but I have my weakness, the original Guardians of the Galaxy.

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Lets be honest, have one of the team tattooed on my right arm, so when I saw this.

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One of the original Guardians of the Galaxy has his own figure, living in a geeky golden age.

That was it, just wanted to brag about my swag.



The Right Arm of Vance Astro part 1

In an attempt to move foward, to move past some mistakes in my past, am covering a tattoo on my right arm, yesterday was the first of what I hope to be just two sittings.

Being a life-long comic reader and an old school Guardians of the Galaxy, the best choice for me was Vance Astro, sometime leader of the Guardians, at the time when he first started to wield the Shield of Captain America.

Yup, this guy

Yup, this guy

That decided, I needed three things, the time (hard with a little one) an artist and the desire to be in pain for a minimum of two hours at a time.

This weekend I had all three and visited Design for Life Tattoo parlour in Liverpool City Centre http://www.design4lifetattoo.co.uk/

The talented Simon K Bell, who can be found on instagram https://www.instagram.com/simonkbell/ , did a fantastic job and turned the shower of s**t you see here with the stencil.




To this

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And then after another painful hour….


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There is still reds, silvers and some background oranges and yellows, but so far I think it’s going really nicely.  My thanks to Simon Bell for the work and my wife, the always awsome Rosie, who was with me distracting me, while someone was tatooing over scar tissue.

Getting it finished in March.

Ta Ta For Now internet people.