Sunday, 13 February 2011

Saturday Ketchup

You know those incredibly fun, unexepected days out? Well, yesterday was one of those. Got up early doors and the sun was shining. I had my tattoo appointment booked for 3 o'clock out the west end of Glasgow so we decided to see if any folks were up for a wee Saturday afternoon bite to eat. Decided to skip breakfast and instead indulge on an Ultimate chicken burger, fries and onion rings in Ketchup, washed down with Coca-Cola from a real glass bottle - always tastes so much better!

I still had about an hour to kill before tat time, so we headed to another bar for a couple of cheeky mojitos. I was a good girl and chose to skip the alcohol at this juncture as it apparently thins the blood and makes for a nasty tattoo session - ick! After leaving the boys at 3pm, two cocktails down and counting, I knew where I'd find them after my appointment!
So, off I trotted down Byres Road to Irezumi. This is my first ever full colour tattoo and I was so ready for it! I took great delight choosing all the pretty shades of blue, green, yellow and orange that were to make up my peacock colour scheme. Two hours later and voila!

I was doing fine right up until the last 15 minutes when I actually had to ask to call it a day. First time I've had to ask to stop, but I could feel myself pulling away and gritting my teeth each time I heard the buzz start up again! I was facing the clock for the first time and I reckon that didn't help. I was also desperate to see it!! These photos are from this morning and I'm still amazed at the colour gradations - they really pop now that the redness has died down. What do you reckon? I think all the yellow highlights are my favourite.

After a quick wash down and cellophane wrap, I was tottering all the way back up Byres Road to rejoin the boys and another pal for birthday drinks (like we needed an excuse?) at Bobar. Knowing how long it can take to mix a cocktail, I rang Mr G ahead of my arrival to order up the first of my Flamin' Zombies! Check the tiki-style tumblers that they come in - complete with a flaming sugar cube floating in a hulled out passion fruit. Nom, nom, nom!

After sipping on an overly fruity Singapore Sling (which was listed as following the traditional recipe from Raffles Hotel - no it was not!) we had an important decision to make...

Head home like civilised human beings OR, head back into town for a gig...

Gig won out, surprise, surprise...

Not particularly my cup of tea - a bit 'wishy-washy' and certainly nothing to look at, but they sounded great and the choons were pleasantly melodic. Classic 'indie' music I would say.

I necked another couple of drinks, Jack and coke this time, and hung out at the back while Mr G shot off like a 5 year old at swing park - straight to the front. After almost TWO HOURS (!!??) the repetitive melodic 'niceness' was wearing me out. Adrenaline was shot to fuck and I hadn't eaten since the chicken burger earlier in the day. Happily gathered the troups afterwards and headed for the taxi rank.

Is that a 24 hour Greggs the Bakers I can smell? Hell yes! One cheese n onion pasty scoffed while waiting in the taxi queue, followed up by a cold macaroni pie after we got home. Yes folks, I'm a durty wee minger!

Greggs Macaroni Pie!

Few more drinky-poos in the flat before it was chucking out time for everybody else while I hit the sack. After muchos tossing and turning and fighting with a small cat that was determinded to sleep on my freshly tattooed back, I finally fell asleep after 4am. Hurrrrrumph...

Needless to say, today has been a write-off. Had big plans to get all dressed up, do an outfit post and head into town to catch up with ma gals, but alas, baggy jeans, PJ top, gallons of tea and Fox's Coconut Crinkles are my new bffs...

This is Lydia. This is how I feel today.

How has your weekend panned out?


  1. Your tattoo is gorgeous, the colour is perfect and I love the way the feathers extend down your side. I would love something down my side and have had a design in my head for ages but I've been told several times that your side is really painful, so you must be pretty tough to have sat through two hours.
    Those burgers, fries and onion rings look a bit special. I will eat anything if it comes on a wooden board, haha :)

  2. This was an epic and exciting post! You've cheered me up and and made me a wee bit jealous by your latest inkage! From looking at the photographs, I like the turquoise and purple colours in the tail feathers the best - I cannot wait to see it in the flesh though!!
    Glad you enjoyed your event filled exciting day & you cannae beat a hot macaroni cheese pie fae Greggs... you can take the lassies out the Shire but you cannae take the Shire out the lassies? Nom Nom Nom! xxx

  3. tattoo is looking good doll!!

  4. MACARONI PIE???? I think I just died! If I had a Greggs near me, Id be all over that shit! Your tattoo is amazing, I agree the turquoise and yellow tail feathers are my favourite, but all of it is gorgeous! Cant wait to see it when its all done! .x

  5. Wow what a great Saturday! Your tattoo is absolutely BEAUTIFUL! It looks great! I was facing the clock when I had mine done too and the last hour dragged soooooooo much. The colours are beautiful - perfect!
    P.S You should have let that tiki cup 'accidentally' fall into your bag!!

  6. The tattoo looks really beautiful! i dont have any in colour either, but am wanting one now!

  7. Oh wow that tattoo is just amazing!! Love the colours!

    I need a macaroni pie right now!!

  8. what a busy saturday you had! the tattoo is looking amazing, wow :) how many hours has that taken so far? I know what you mean about when you get to that stage where you're literally flinching at every buzz :( you brave lass, its honestly looking epic!

    Hooray for ketchup :) loves that place. and flamin zombies? oh my, sounds AWESOME! no wonder today has been a write off for you, sounds like you didnt stop all day yesterday haha. my weekend has been a bit shite but i'm enjoying chilling today. have a great week gal xx

  9. I haven't been to Ketchup for ages. Don't really have an excuse since they have the burgers in Hummingbird now. I have to say I do have a penchant for a glass bottle of diet coke.
    The new ink is amazing. The colour looks gorgeous. Looks like it would have hurt like a bitch too. =/
    Glad you had a wonderful weekend hon xx

  10. Busy weekend! That tat looks cool and sore eek! can you believe I dont have any tats! I keep thinking of the same one on the back of my wrist though so, I have always wanted to go to Byers road so could always kill two birds ?

    That food looks amaze.. I am so hungry today!!

    Joanne xx

  11. WOW yOUR TATTOO IS DIVINE !!!! Two hours thats mad, but how crazy detailed is it, just stunning that is one of the best tats I have ever seen. Just WOW !
    That food looks nom, and nom again. I need some ink I'm 28 and still have none, I have planned to much and got nothing haha xx

  12. Wow your tattoo is amazing!! I don't blame you for asking them to stop, I'm sure it really hurt after a while, I've only got little tattoos and they were annoyingly painful so I can't imagine how yours felt!

  13. Wow your tatto looks so pretty!

  14. what an amazing tattoo!!! and I bet it was hurting after a few hrs...that part of the body must be the most painful ever!!! love the colors...they will look even better after the healing process!

  15. Your tattoo is AMAZING! Can't wait to see it finished.
    Your cat is also very sweet looking :) I know the horrors of having a white cat though, they have to be verrrrry sweet to make up for the abundance of white hairs you find everywhere!

  16. Absolutely gorgeous!! The wings and feathers are just stunning as is the main colour of the peacock, so hard to pick a fav bit!

    A xxx

  17. Now that is some amazing work,ive not heard of that tattooist ive been to Tribe just past Kelvinbridge subwaybut i definately need to check out yours hehe
    And im not joking when i say me and the BF had planned to go to Ketchup on Saturday too but we cancelled for a lazy day,lol weird!

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