Getting a Tattoo in the Hutongs of Beijing

One of my most memorable experiences in China was getting a tattoo in the hutongs of Beijing.

Here is my journal entry about my one and only (for now) tattoo and some pictures documenting the experience.

October 16, 2011

I got a tattoo! One of my coworkers met a guy who had a tattoo done so he got one and tried it out. No problems. So he brought us to Cha Cha.

My tattoo artist Cha Cha

My tattoo artist Cha Cha

I have wanted to get this Tolkien quote tattooed for about a year now, “Not all those who wander are lost”. I had previously thought that I would get little feet tattooed from the inside arch of my foot up to the quote but I thought those were unnecessarily distracting in the end.  The quote is meaningful enough on its own. It makes me think of so many things: 1) traveling is a type of wandering that is good for you even though you might feel lost sometimes; 2) there is more than one right path in life; 3) even though I am unsure of the decision I made to come here instead of staying with a man I love I am still making a choice that will propel me further along my path in life; 4) I am sure that some people see me teaching abroad as a way of escaping the “reality” of life in the US but I am doing exactly what I want to be doing; and 5) we must forgive those who seem to be making a poor choice because they are not lost either but simply wandering along on their own path in life.

First time I actually saw the recycling process in Beijing

First time I actually saw the recycling process in Beijing

Cool building we saw on our way to the little alley in the Beijing hutongs were I got my tattoo

Cool building we saw on our way to the little alley in the Beijing hutongs were I got my tattoo

Just behind me is the entrance to the apartment/studio of my tattoo artist

Just behind me is the entrance to the apartment/studio of my tattoo artist

Getting the ink and stuff set up

Getting the ink and stuff set up

Getting the placement just right

Getting the placement just right

"Not all those who wander are lost"
“Not all those who wander are lost”
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