Today I turn 34. I didn’t get a new bike, yet, this year and I’m not surrounded by friends, we’re all grown up now. Still fighting off a cold, but today is going to be a good day!
Posts tagged Ella Lumpkins
Tattoo for my father, just took the bandage off, done by Dennis Pase at Five Star Tattoo here in Louisville Kentucky.
Artist: Dennis Pase
Shop: Five Star Tattoo in Louisville Kentucky
Skin: Ella Lumpkins (Me! DivineMachine)
My father passed away when I was 12ish. He served in the U.S Army and wore an Armored Division Hell On Wheels patch when he was stationed in Germany in the 70’s, if what my mom has told me is correct.
I have the patch from one of his uniforms that I keep.
My dad was also the first person I knew that had visible tattoos. Because of him, to me, tattoos were always acceptable and not “trashy” or an indicator of a person being a criminal, or sketchy, or anything other than an outstanding human being.
One of his tattoos was a snake, very much like this one in shape, on his right forearm, wrapping around his wrist and ending with the open mouth of the snake on his hand on the meaty part where his thumb and pointer finger met at the palm.
The tattoo is a modified version of the patch, without the cannon and tank treads, with an updated, yet traditional, version of the snake on my forearm close to my elbow.
I’m extremely happy with it.
The skull with the raccoon hat is something Dennis was drawing for his wife when I arrived at the shop. He’s a sweet dude, and his tattooing feels like fluffy puppy licks.
Day off of work today. Didn’t get on the bicycle, took a motorcycle ride instead to get bagels with Bill. Beautiful day.
Very bundled ride today around Louisville with Bill on his CB.
On this day, the man on the far left, my friend and former music store co-worker, Darryl Johnson, is at Vanderbilt for brain surgery to remove a tumor.
Medicine and lifestyle changes didn’t work, this was the final option. He was in good spirits and healthy as a horse otherwise, the last time I saw him.
I can’t wait until he is all healed up so we can hit up spin class together.
Looking through old pictures on this MAC I haven’t tried to use since I had a temper tantrum and stomped on it, I find pictures from last Xmas.
So what if I’m in my 30’s.
Every time I see a picture of me with holes in the crotch of my jeans I know that I was riding a lot!
The cyclocross race was a success for me, I got a can of Orange Crush! ;)
Storm Eva Bandman 2013
This was 2011 or 2012. I was riding my endurance bike, the Giant Avail that I also use for my work commute in the Harvest Homecoming Bicycle tour. So what I rode that tour in Doc Martens, Jeans, and Bill’s old Freestyle BMX Team jersey.
My hair was crazy and I was in good shape. That was a good day, especially because it ended with pizza…
Two years ago, or maybe it was last year?, I got into a bike wreck and smashed my face pretty badly. While the stitches in my head were healing up every where I went men wanted to pretend they had punched me in the face.
That’s both sad, and hilarious….
I wear a helmet now.
The top picture was taken on Xmas in my living room. The second was with Luke and Travis from the bike shop when we were out getting pizza and I was wearing Luke’s vest. That last picture is outside of either a Danzig or Social Distortion concert with my friend Johnny.