Shakespeare and Diamonds: You were born in a merry hour

I am at the end of a month of tattoos and bepanthen.
For a month I have smelled like a tiny, like a child, legs and arm and finger either sticky or scabbed. I am delightful, I know.
This July I’ve gone from 9 tattoos to 13 tattoos.

Friday the Thirteenth Tattoo
First there was my Friday the 13th tattoo. That took me from 9 to 10.

Then I heard that Char, the apprentice at Dr Morse Inc (who had tattooed Laura, a friend of mine) was offering too-good-to-be-true rates while she built up her base.
I all but jumped at the chance.
Of course she is also a very cool chick, a babe, and that Laura loved the tattoo she got from Char.

Which is how, on Sunday 29th July, I ended up at Dr Morse Inc. I was dressed sort of like a baseballer, and I walked out with three more tattoos than those I walked in with.

Looking a bit ... like a baseballer? #stabbystab
(you have my absolute and sincerest apologies for the instagram photos)

I’ve been a bit torn as to whether I should say I got two tattoos or three. Because, while it is split across the back of both of my legs, neither half would work without the other.

Ouch #stabbystabstab with @nurseynomercy

Ouch face #stabbystabstab

Things I learnt!
1. Your dominant side feels pain less than your non-dominant side. So tattooing my right leg before my left leg was not the wisest.
2. It is really hard to photograph the back of ones legs. It is even harder to get a flattering photo.

I got words on my legs now! #stabbystabstab
then there was a star danced, and under that was I born

From Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, Act II scene I

Your silence most offends me, and to be merry best
becomes you; for, out of question, you were born in
a merry hour.

No, sure, my lord, my mother cried; but then there
was a star danced, and under that was I born.

It’s funny to but noone has asked my why I chose this quote. I quite like that. After all, it really is none of their business. Maybe they just assumed I really really liked the quote.
I do love the play, it was my first and always favourite, and Beatrice is probably my favourite character. She is my Hamlet, the one character I would adore to play.

But why these, out of all of Shakespeare’s glorious words, I chose to have inscribed on me.
To me the words signify that that good things can come from pain, good things can come from sadness. It’s something I find calming and useful to remember.

The third and final tattoo was a bit of a whim.
It’s something I’ve wanted for a very long time but something I’ve avoided because, well, it’s really quite visible, and because it’s so small I didn’t want to book an individual appointment just for it. It took all of about 5 minutes to complete.

And here comes tattoo number 3 for today!

Then, one evening, as I sat with my second glass of wine, Char (who is on twitter) linked to a finger tattoo she’d just done. 5 minutes later I’d asked to have my own finger tattoo added on to my Sunday appointment.

Love my finger trinket #stabbystabstab

This one has no story, no deeply personal meaning. I just think it’s beautiful.

29. The last thing I bought (besides food) #photoadayjuly

Itchy knuckle. Itchy knuckle #soweird #tattoo #macro

And really, if my tattoos are my storybook? Sometimes illustrations can be there because they’re just beautiful.



  1. Amelia Jane · August 10, 2012

    Tattoo face! These are gorgeous, love the font. How did you find the healing?

    • Sarah-Rose · August 10, 2012

      Thank you! Char customised the font specially for me.
      The healing hasn’t been bad at all. Going to a movie that evening was not my best idea ever and work for the next couple of days was a bit tender but other than that they’ve been like any of my other tattoos.

      • Amelia Jane · August 16, 2012

        Well, give Char my regards 🙂 I asked because I’ve heard stories of people getting bum/back of leg tattoos and having to sit on rubber rings for days while they healed, so that always put me off getting any in those areas! But good to know that’s not overly necessary 🙂

      • Sarah-Rose · August 16, 2012

        Oh! I hadn’t heard that. If I had I think I would’ve been put off a bit also.

  2. Anna · August 12, 2012

    So, this is a bit odd but I wanted to say thanks for your tattoo posts. I’ve been reading for a while, your posted aided my homesickness for Wellington when I was overseas. I wanted to get a tattoo before I left New Zealand again and your advice, experiences & recommendations led me to finding Char at Dr Morse and getting a kowhai tattoo I really love. Okay, end weirdness – but thank you.

    • Sarah-Rose · August 13, 2012

      No thank you! I’m, honestly, thrilled I could help.
      And THIS might sound weird but I love your tattoo – Char posted a photo of an awesome kowhai tattoo recently and I can only assume its yours. It is excellent.

      • Anna · August 13, 2012

        Aw shucks, thank you! That’s my arm. Char did such an amazing job interpreting my rambled emails and making something beautiful.

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