Following on from last time, we were back in the studio with Gillian Turner for some rampant masochism.

We figured it made more sense for John to go first since both my arms were in for a stabbing which might have made operating the camera a little awkward.

Jigsaw piece in progress.

I’d like to say that the hair/t-shirt coordination was unintentional, but…

I’m pretty sure Gillian was seeing dots behind her eyes by the end of this.

Kabocha by Yayoi Kusama, the story of which you can read in full here.

And, tat-two completed, it was straight on to #3.

Fun fact: the relative size and rapidity with which this one was finished belies the fact it was by the far the most painful of the three!

The following month, John was stencilled and ready for round 3.

I had a brief, American Beauty moment where I was distracted by the beautiful patterns emerging from the inky water.

Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can’t take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.

Complete! The feather is actually representative of our cats, though in a manner that’s so abstruse and esoteric that it would probably be easier to appreciate it as the lovely, stand-alone piece of art that it also happens to be.

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