Those of you who follow our blog/progress probably know that a few months ago I became Backlash’s first full-time employee. Working for a beer company I started was (and still is) a far cry from what I’d spent the previous ~2 years doing — specifically, wearing a suit and sitting in a cube all day. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of my time “doing me”. Feel like growing a beard today, Helder? Go for it. Want to get your ears pierced? Have a fuckin field day. Want to tattoo that Backlash logo on your arm?
Wait wait waaaiit…. Is that really a good idea?
What happens if your logo changes?
What happens if Backlash doesn’t work out?
What happens IF YOUR ARM FALLS OFF!!??
So 2 out of 4 of those were legitimate questions I received, I’ll let you do the guesswork as to which 2.
If you hadn’t guessed, on May 19th (also my birthday!) I went in and got said tattoo done.
In response to those questions: 1) The Backlash logo will never change. 2) Backlash WILL work out — and even if it doesn’t, Backlash represents more than just beer to me.
Backlash is really a huge point of inflection in my life. It’s more than just a business venture, it’s a leap of faith, chasing a dream. It’s me finally mustering up the balls and admitting to myself that everything I’ve done up until now has left me unfulfilled.
It’s me diving in — face first.
A few FAQs:
How long did that take?
The tattoo took about 1 hour total — my artist really plowed through it.
Did it hurt?
Let’s just say, I wouldn’t recommend an inner bicep tattoo as your first ink for the faint of heart. I’ve also got a massive upper arm piece, so I had an idea of what I was getting myself into. That being said, it wasn’t as bad as I thought. Healing actually hurt a lot more.
About that healing stuff, how long did it take?
It’s nearly a month later, and only now does my arm look normal again. There was a good amount of time there where it looked like lizard skin or some shit.
What are you going to do about all those tattoos when you’re older?
Please see below:
That’s all I got for now, more tattoos to come. ‘Til then.