Before you read the title and scratch your head, let me clear things up. There was no naked Ursa in the often mispronounced county that I live in. Well, maybe there was some somewhere, but that’s not what I am referring to.
For me, it’s just some fun with words to make for a good title.
But the heart of the post (pardon the pun) is my wicked new tattoo by Sarah Roork, who goes by @sarahbexar on Instagram (see the whole word connection now?).
How it all started.
I randomly found Sarah while looking through tattoo posts on Instagram. I instantly loved her work and started following her. I liked what I saw and she posted a version of my final tattoo with a more symbolized version of the heart. She had also posted an anatomical heart previously and my brain put the two together and I asked her what she thought it would look like doing the winged heart, but with the anatomical heart. She liked the idea and got to work putting it together.
One of the things I asked her was if she would do a painting of the tattoo as well. I’ve really been getting into the art of tattoos lately and I had always had this desire to have the painting and the tattoo together. So much of the artwork that goes into a tattoo gets tossed out because it’s used as stencils.
Sarah’s tattoo is the first tattoo where I really pursued the artist and their art, rather than going to someone to get my vision tattooed. I always give the artist leeway, but this tattoo was all hers and I got it because I wanted a tattoo from her and specifically that I wanted her design.
The entire experience was great. She knocked the whole thing out in one sitting and I never felt rushed (I’ve been to those shops before). You could feel her checking it, touching up a tiny spot, going back, checking again…she clearly has an eye for detail. She was focused on the work at hand and the music was excellent too. She kept me comfortable and knew when we both needed a break. I can’t say enough…experience is monumentally important during a tattoo. Feeling rushed or unhappy or uncomfortable during one just makes for a lesser final piece. It’s a bit of zen, hippie thinking…good vibes have to go in or bad pieces come out.
I’ve been staring at it all morning. It’s beautiful. It’s exactly what I wanted and needed. She didn’t just do a good tattoo, she created something beautiful. And that beauty will be with me every day. That’s what it’s all about. Bringing beauty to the world.
Sarah has earned herself a place on my body, which is a very intimate thing when you think about it. A stranger who will forever be with me. But I’m already making plans to open up more skin for her. I have two specific ideas I want to explore and I’m going to start discussing them with her now to see what she wants to do. I will give her more leeway that anyone else, because she proved that given the chance she would crush it.
If you’re in San Antonio (whether you live there or find yourself passing through) and you love tattoos and the art that goes into them, you owe it to yourself to make an appointment with her. You can thank me later.
Black Point Tattoo
6422 Babcock Road, #109
San Antonio TX 78249