I’m getting a new kitten in about a week, but I’ve still been thinking a lot about my late cat Won Ton. She died young, she was only six years old when she got sick, and I miss her a lot. When I first got her I got her name tattooed on the inside of my wrist in Mandarin Chinese. Now that she’s gone, I wanted something beautiful around my wrist to represent heaven’s gates and the beautiful life I had with her, even if it was short lived.
I decided to go to Fun City Tattoo on the lower east side because it’s one of the oldest tattoo shops in the city still running, its been open since 1976. It got lots of great reviews online, and I even got a personal recommendation from a friend. I booked my tattoo with an artist named Andrew Mann, who is new to the Fun City Tattoo team, but did a great job with my tattoo.
I explained to him what I wanted, but that I didn’t bring a reference picture because I know the area is really small and I didn’t want to pick out something really intricate that couldn’t work as a tattoo. I just didn’t want to have a set idea in my head of what it was going to look like and then be disappointed that it can’t fit in that area or won’t look good. He then worked with me in picking out some design elements of gates that I liked, and then went to work on drawing up a tattoo. It didn’t take him long at all to design something beautiful but simple and classy. It only took possibly about an hour at most. I went with his suggestion of adding in some shading to add depth to the design, and I love the outcome of the final design. I’m really happy with my tattoo and the experience I had at Fun City Tattoo, and I would absolutely recommend it.