Tattoo Day

Sunday was a day of adventure.  J-Dawg and I hopped in her car and headed north.

Northampton, MA
Northampton, MA

Jenn’s daughter Hannah was having a Birthday!!  Her one request…a tattoo.

This does it all.
Pull the trigger.

Jenn agreed as long as she was there.  So off we went.

Hannah and her girls were busy with school stuff for the morning so Jenn and I got to wander around town a bit.

Cool stuff inside.
Cool stuff inside.

There seemed to be owls everywhere I turned.

Whooo are you?
Whooo are you?

Then it was time to pick up the girls.

The Quad at Smith College
The Quad at Smith College

We stuffed as many as we could into the car and headed off to grab some lunch.

I can still taste the pesto.
I can still taste the pesto.

After a short walk to “Bang Bang Body Art”….

Bang Bang!
Bang Bang!

… we got Hannah signed in…

Hannah's girlfriend Haley was with her all the way.
Hannah’s girlfriend Hayley was with her all the way.

…. then we waited…

Not what I imagined a tattoo parlor to look like.
Not what I imagined a tattoo parlor to look like.

…and waited….

I love this train!
I love this train!

…finally it was Hannah’s turn!  There were too many of us to all go in with her.  Sadly I was not able to see the work in progress.

Then she emerged with the BIGGEST smile on her face.

Beautiful Badass Girl!
Beautiful Badass Girl!

The tattoo that Hannah chose is a Yiddish saying.

I would run in the streets.
I would run in the streets.

The translation is “I would run in the streets”.

Imagine for whatever reason you cannot do or be what you want to do or be. There are many nuances to this, from physical ailments to religious and political oppression. Then someone asks, “what would you do if you had the freedom and capability to do anything?” The answer….”I would run in the streets”.  Hannah told me that she chose this saying as a “gentle reminder”.  Take it as you will.  This tattoo is not for you or for me, it is for Hannah and Hannah alone.

The funniest part of the day was right after Jenn popped out with a look of absolute horror on her face.  Her concern was that because the phrase was in Yiddish the artist would not know if it was backwards or not.  Neither Jenn nor I would know if it was backwards either!  Fortunately Hannah’s friend Sophia who is also in the Yiddish studies program was there to confirm that the direction was correct….whew!  For extra confirmation, Hayley understands enough Yiddish to be able to confirm that it was correct as well.  Dodged a bullet there Bang Bang!

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