Yesterday I had a tattoo appointment at 4:30. This was convenient in a couple ways; I get off work at 4:30, and the studio is half a block from my office, on the other side of the municipal parking lot. What was decidedly inconvenient, however, was that the drawings of what I'd been planning on getting were left in my top desk drawer by some idiot. Me. I'm the idiot. Since what I was going to get was very detailed and specific, and took me several hours to draw up, I had to think on my feet to come up with a Plan B so as not to waste my session time and screw the artist out of money he should be making in that time.
Since there are a great deal of tattoos I plan on getting eventually, this wasn't just something I got on a whim. I did a mental inventory of stuff I've been meaning on getting, and quickly hit upon one that would take next to no time to draw up. It's an idea I've been kicking around for nearly two decades, so the opportunity to finally put it on my skin was exciting to me.
Many (most?) of you are familiar with the legendary band Social Distortion and their iconic "skelli" logo. If not, here it is:
In the past 20 or so years I've sketched variations with the skeleton holding either a can or a bottle of some sort instead of the martini glass, but always with a Padres hat substituted in. Since bottles and cans no longer represent the way I live my life, I drew in a coffee mug instead for this rendition that will stick with me 'til I die, but the Padres hat was definitely going to be a part of it. Here's how it turned out:
This is actually my third Padres-related tattoo, along with the 1990s white-and-orange 'SD' logo on my left hand, and a Gaslamp Ball rally unicorn on my left thigh.