“Oh, I see you’ve got some new ink,” uttered my youngest daughter’s very good friend Andrea as she admired, I think, my tattoo.
Her outburst of scoffing laughter telegraphed immediately that she was mocking my gorgeous temporary red dragon tattoo.
I had applied it two days earlier to try to blend in with the crowds that would be riding the train back and forth between Meredith, NH and the Weirs. It’s Bike Week in Laconia and tens of thousands of people with real ink injected into their skin
They had just boarded my train and were on their way to see what was going on down at Weirs Beach on Saturday, June 20, 2015.
I’ve applied this temporary tattoo lots of times over the past few years. I feel it’s pretty handsome, but anyone who knows anything about tattoos realizes, upon close inspection, that it’s just not real.
Temporary tattoos look horrible just after they’re applied. They have a very shiny high-gloss appearance. But that dulls down after 24-48 hours. The trick is to not rub the tattoo with a towel or clothes. Just pat it dry after a shower.
From five or ten feet away, you’ll fool most people. Those who have real tattoos will think you’re a baby and a poser.
Oh well, it’s still fun and quite a few people look at it.
What I like about having the tattoo is the prejudicial looks you’ll get from some people who have known you, but never seen you without long sleeves on. I often do it in social situations to just sort of get a rise out of people. You can see their eyes taking guerilla glances down at the shocking site as they think I’d NEVER have a tattoo. You can absolutely have some fun with them.