My weekend at The London Tattoo Convention

Since I was in my teens, I’ve read Elfquest, a comic series (all issues can be read online for free at There was one reader’s collection, called Dreamtime, that I love particularly, for its artwork as well as the story it tells. I distinctly remember reading it for the first time, and being amazed at some of the artwork in the book. Specifically, this image. If the link doesn’t work, go to the online Comic archive at and go to page 102 of Dreamtime.

In my teens, I said to myself: If I am ever brave enough, I want that image for a tattoo. Now, me, I have a tendency to worry a lot about what other people think of me. And so for the past 13 or so years, I’ve put it off for that reason alone. And yet, every time I opened that book, the thought came back to me. Last weekend, I went to the London Tattoo Convention and finally had a tattoo done based on that image.

strongbow tattoo

’nuff said. I could talk about the flight on Saturday, and the six hour tattoo session on Sunday at the Convention, while people walked past and took a sneak peek at what the artist Claire Reid was working on, and the flight back. But the essence of the story is that I’ve decided that this is something that has been on my TODO list for over a decade, always marked as “Tattoo?”. This year, I’ve changed it to “Tattoo!” and went for it. I’m very pleased with the result. 🙂

Thank you Claire!

(There are a few personal reasons for me to take the plunge this year. They’re not exactly secret, but I’m not posting them here. Feel free to ask, though.)

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