Once upon a time a guy named THOR thought it would be funny to hide around corners, then abruptly jump out and startle me by shouting, “DOUGKNIGHT!!!!”
If you can imagine the cartoon where the little dog startles the big tough dog, that is almost EXACTLY how it happened… Except it was one giant dog scaring another not-as-giant-but-still-very-big-dog.
WHAT A JERK! Right?
Thor was, at that time and still is, not only one of my best friends, but was a pivotal mentor in my tattooing career, as well as being as close to a big brother as I have ever had.
Thor shouting “DOUGKNIGHT!” was about as hard as my life as a tattoo apprentice ever got — which means I got off PRETTY LIGHT based on some of the stories my peers have told me.
What Thor didn’t know was that by shouting my name at me from behind corners he forever changed how I heard my inner-voice speak my own name.
In my head I went from hearing the nurse’s voice announce me as the next one up at the IV station over the loud speaker on the oncology floor of HSC…
…TO AN ACTION VERB. One splattered across a center-fold splash page in an action-magazine!
[SEAN-DIGGITY, LETS TOSS AN IMAGE IN HERE. I’LL DRAW ONE UP DEPICTING THE MAGAZINE PAGE -Doug]
[DOUG-A-GLUG-GLUG, ROGER THAT -Sean]
There is power in the names that we were given. There is power in the names that we give to our children.
KEEP ‘EM CROSSED
Wait, wait wait… are we just going to gloss over the “tattoo-apprenticeship” thing? Doug, aren’t you blind?
… isn’t that sort of your whole thing here over at CROSS EYE COMICS? I’m confused.
Take a deep breath, my friend. If I told you the whole story at once I wouldn’t have anything else to BLOG about!
The artwork of THOR HAMMERSEN can be found on Instagram @thor_hammersen_tattoo.
Reach THOR at email@example.com