Zach Zupancic

Zach Zupancic

Senior Designer, SolidWorks addict, AutoCAD zealot, Cyclist, Shade Tree Mechanic, & moderately tall. 

056, Crazyoctopus forever.

As some of you might have guessed, Sabrina wasn't the only person to get a tattoo yesterday.

After 10 years of being with my symbol, and the last 6 of it in contemplation of tattooing it onto my flesh, I finally took the plunge and made it forever.

The last view
Octopus tattoo

The instrument
Octopus tattoo

The preparation
Octopus tattoo

Some of you may think that 6 years is a long time to think about getting a tattoo, but the way that I have always looked at it is this: If you want to get a tattoo, wait two years. If you still enjoy the idea and symbol, wait two more years and finalize placement. If you still enjoy the idea, symbol, and placement then after a couple more years make it happen. After all, getting a tattoo is forever. Being such I wanted it to be something more than just a tattoo.

The last couple months I had been plagued with doubts about going through with it, which also intermingled with some doubts about other things. However during a discussion with Jeggi, he said that as long as what I put on there matters to me in some significant way, then there is nothing to worry about. So with that most of my doubts about getting a tattoo disappeared. Then to make those doubts completely evaporate Speedhunters posted an article on my build, my website went up, and I secured a few interviews for full time design positions with well established companies.

The placement
Octopus tattoo

The reasoning behind this particular location is simple, if the need arises for me to ever hide my tattoo all I have to do is wear a watch, see 030. It is 1.2 inches in diameter (size of a half dollar), and fits perfectly under the face of my watch; now all I have to do is get used to wearing a watch face down. The reason that I have it on my left wrist is also quite simple, when greeting someone you shake with your right hand. That connection should be made without the hindrance of ink (silly thought process I know, but hey real connections are important).

The outlining

The completed outline
Octopus tattoo

The shading
Octopus tattoo

The shading will not be as dark as it is photographed, but it will definitely give it some depth.

-056- Crazyoctopus forever.

It should completely healed within the next week, and then I am going to head back in for some touch ups and maybe add in some color (or white) to make the octopus stand out.

-'till next time