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The following are a series of diary entries from the time that I was being tattooed. They are not the entirety of the experience - few detail, for example, the healing process afterwards, and they do not cover each session. However they provide an interesting historical record of what happened at the time.

Saturday, March 3rd, 2001
Given the philosophical nature of a few of my friends, especially after a couple of shots of Glayva, I was asked why phoenix wings....

Wednesday, March 7th, 2001
I did a lot of work on the wings last night...

Thursday, March 8th, 2001
Whew! At long last, the tattoo design is done!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2001
I'm tense today...

Wednesday, April 11th, 2001
One day left with nothing but the scars and the natural marks of freckle on flesh.

Friday, April 13th 2001
Well, that was as disappointing as hell...

Sunday, April 22nd, 2001
I was nervous when I walked in. Not desperately, I've dealt with enough pain over the years that a lot of it has become merely an act of will. But I was wondering. How exactly Claudia might have changed my design. Whether she would make a mistake...

Saturday, April 28th, 2001
The second wing, the left one, went on yesterday.

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2001
So, now I have some colour to my wings. Just on one side, which is slightly annoying, as I'd prefer it to be more symmetrical...

Thursday, June 14th, 2001
I went in for more work. Claudia was late, and two women were waiting, one to see her, one to see one of the other artists.

Thursday, June 21st, 2001
And I have this to say. Getting work done on the shoulder blade hurts more than on the spine.

Thursday, July 12th, 2001
Although the top part of the wing did not quite get finished - Claudia worked for three hours

Tuesday, July 17th, 2001
I'm not jaded...

Thursday, August 9th, 2001
Last night I had another session with Claudia. The worst one yet, really - work over my sides, along the side of my spine, and the sides of my ribs.

Wednesday, August 15th, 2001
Last night on the way home from a failed coffee run (alas, white chocolate mocha latte was not to be mine), Brandt and I found a chemist to enquire about Emla cream.

Wednesday, October 10th, 2001
Hint. Emla cream doesn't work if Claudia works on areas where it hasn't been put.

Friday, October 12th, 2001
It's the black ink that really hurts, especially over the small of the back.

Thursday, December 6th, 2001
So now I have a large swath of colour across my right hand side, and it is finally - finally - begining to look as though the artwork may one day be finished.

Wednesday, February 20th, 2002
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