30 for 30: Day 25

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Like many people, I spent most of my life afraid to get a tattoo. Between the permanence and the pain, you really have to be sure about what you’re getting etched into your skin. Today’s 3F3 is from the time I finally took the plunge and crossed over from “not tattooed” to awesome. I remember…


The year is 2018. I’m 38 years old.

Dom and I actually got our first tattoos together, and true to form, she spent a week researching artists in the Austin area. We chose Dahlia at Atomic based on her Instagram, which you can check out here: @tattoos.bydahlia. She was very helpful in finalizing the design and even scaled it differently for Dom and I.

When it finally came time, I went first, and as soon as the needle went in, I knew everything was going to be okay. The pain isn’t so bad, at least on the wrist. And just like that, it was like a door had been opened to another world. I knew before she’d even finished the tattoo that I would be getting another, and another, and another.

It took a while before I figured out what my next tattoos were going to be, and by then, I had found a new artist, Megan at Amillion. Check her out here: @meganbijou. She’s done my last two and I can’t recommend her enough. Very patient, very friendly, and she doesn’t mind doing the smaller, simpler tattoos that I prefer.

I can’t wait to get another one. Maybe a roll of toilet paper? [Note: for those reading this in the future, in March of 2020, America was experiencing a toilet paper shortage because we’re stupid.]

About the author

Daniel Verastiqui

Daniel Verastiqui is a science fiction author from Austin, Texas. His novels explore relationships and identity in the context of ubiquitous technology, pervasive violence, and frequent nudity. His next book, Brigham Plaza, is planned for a Summer 2020 release. He recommends you start getting excited about the new book now.

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