the new one, before and after

it’s still a little flaky and peeling in a couple spots, but almost healed. i have a few small moles on that arm, and i’m surprised at the way they’ve reacted to the tattoo. one is in the black feathers of the red-winged blackbird’s back, between the wings, and it is just as it was pre-tat: a small brown bump. another one is down on the branch that the bird is gripping, and this one took on a bit of the darker shading and linework around it. i’d have thought that either both would be very visible or totally lost in ink. it’s pretty neat, thinking of how my body reacts to the trials i put it through.

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