I can say that in some strange perverse way, they are indeed addictive. After I got my first tattoo it didn't take me long before I was thinking about getting another one.
This time I thought "why not get a couples tattoo with my wife?" For the record, her name is Michelle and my parents started calling us M&M early on in our relationship. We even had custom M&M's made for our wedding so I thought we should do something with the M&M characters from the commercials. I suggested it to Michelle and she said it was a good idea.
I started looking around for an artist who specialized in cartoon type work. I didn't want to go with my last artist as his specialty was Celtic art, not cartoon. A friend at work pointed me in the direction of his friend who worked out of Crimson Empire. His name is Chris Labrenz and I checked out his gallery and liked what I saw.
We went in for a consultation and he seemed excited about what we wanted, and we liked what he had to say. We booked our appointment for July 19. It was about a week before our appointment before we got the first example and with a few changes we had our tattoo designed. The premise was the green character for Michelle with a nurse hat (as she is an RN) and the red character for me with a motorcycle helmet. I am an IT guy but couldn't think of anything work related that I wanted so the helmet would work!
Ink day came and we arrived at 2pm for what promised to be a LONG day. Michelle went first as she was a bit nervous and wanted to get it over with. At just over 3 hours she was done and what a trooper! Here is her finished tattoo just before the bandage went on.
Next up - me! Michelle was such a trooper that I had to ensure I was a better canvas. I joked that I was probably going to fall asleep. The funny part...during the line-work, I probably could have fallen asleep...barely felt the outline at all. Now the colour and shading was a different story. However, I managed to not cry like a baby and Chris remarked that we were his best clients as far as not moving while he worked. Here is my finished tattoo just before the bandage went on.