Wassup Wit Dat!

Huh? *said while crying* Mid-wat?

February 11th, 2010

My Hawaii State ID is expiring.

My driver's license is expiring.

Oh crap. I can't believe it. I'm actually afraid to say it. I really don't like da sound of it and as of 12:00am today, there's no turning back from it.

Today........I hit,         *GULP*         da mid-thirties.   😯  😥  😯   😥

Sadly, I can say I'm "mid-" and actually mean it. I'm not 34. I'm not 36. I'm exactly in da middle. Goodness gracious,  it's only downhill from here.

Even prior to hitting da   *gulp*   mid-thirties, I've always had a short "bucket list" which hasn't changed since high school: 

  • Go to Disneyworld
  • Go to Japan
  • Fly with da Blue Angels and/or Thunderbirds
  • Watch da 49ers live.... or win a record tying 6th Super Bowl - both would be nice
  • Get a tattoo

I know I'm "young" to have a bucket list but I've always wanted to experience those things before it's "too late".

Well at least I got to scratch one off da list.... and I did it TWICE!

I got tattoos.  (Don't tell my mommy)

I've always believed and felt tattoos (tat's) weren't just "art". It's a representation - a lifelong representation - of who you are and what you steadfastly believe in. IMHO, tat's shouldn't be on a whim or some design that isn't even remotely representative of you. Not to single out any particular race, but take for instance people who get Polynesian warrior tattoos who aren't even Polynesian or even understand da significance of the design oddah than it was "cool looking".   :roll:  

And then there's da whole debate of whether non-Asians should be getting any kine of kanji inked on them at all. I'll just leave it at dat.

People get tat's for watevah reasons they may be and it's really no one's business except for da person getting 'em so I followed my heart chosing my designs  seriously and done it without an ounce of regret.

Da two tat's I got inked with are THE most important things dat mattah to me:  my family and my life.

For me, "family" runs the gamut be it by blood or friends - they are all "Kwons'" to me so I protect everyone of 'em as such. Each of my immediate family members has gone through "above normal" struggles - of which I witnessed even though they tried to "hide" it from me and I hope to God no one goes through dat - but they persevered.

My friends mean a great deal to me as without them, I wouldn't be who I am today either. Even though we may not bear da same last name, they are my ohana and will always be a "Kwon" to me.

"Life" is a hard one to describe in a word or kanji character or singular symbol and made it too broad and almost impossible to "describe" me. Those who regularly read WWD! know dat I've battled/ing adversity for da bettah part of my life.  From playing sports to even writing dis blog, I've had to always battle as a "non-favorite" and overlooked in sports due to uh, my size. So what fitting character to represent an underdog than Underdog himself? Plus it's a "funny" which fits me perfectly don't you tink?   😆 

Some may tease or laugh but like I said, a tat is a representation of you and if you can't stand up for it and believe in it, you bettah not ink yourself wit it. I got them as "badges" and can live with it.....

Permanently.   😉 

You got a bucket list to share? Done anything dat oddahs may look or say is weird but you did cause you believed in it? Ready to get inked?   😉 

 


Don't you just love dis sign at a tattoo parlor?   😀

 

 


Let it begin..... can you spot Da Wife?

 

 


Does it tickle.... or does it hurt?

 

 


Doug has got some real steady hands

 

 


One done. On to numbah two.

 

 


Man on a mission

 

 


All pau

 

 


Braddah Doug with some after care instructions... some very clear instructions.

 

 


Oh yeah baby! Mahalos Braddah Doug!

 

 

Braddah Doug also offers a free one-time follow up touch up because during da tattooing process, there are many variables dat can affect da original inking and all bets are off if YOU wen mess up by not following his directions... trust and believe, he going know if you did or not. Check with him and ask au' kine questions, I did.

Hea's da tat's a few days aftah da touch up session.......


Some of you may be wondering why I nevah get "Kwon" in Korean characters. Well I had asked my Mom before I got married, to find a kanji "Kwon" for the very reasons I mentioned above. It's because kanji is "universal" - in all asian languages using characters - and while I may be Korean, my love for ohana stretches far beyond being "just" Korean.

 

 


It only took me about 20 years to think of using dis to "represent" me.... and I tink it's perfect. I've gotten a lot of compliments on it.... even Da Wife changed her mind cause she didn't like it at first until she saw da finished product on me.   😀 

 

 

 

SHOUT OUT:   A huge Maaaaahalos goes out to Doug Wheeler at Hawaiian Tattoo Co. at Pucks Alley-University for doing such a great job! If you guys need a tattoo artist to help represent, see him. He's not only professional but up front and a helluva guy! Check out his website dougtat2.com.

And in case you missed it, he also was da inaugural 808 Pride blog I did last year. It was a video interview so check it out and you'll see he's one cool braddah! Click hea' fo' see da vid!

 

Braddah Lance Kwon

62 Responses to “Huh? *said while crying* Mid-wat?”

  1. Braddah Lance:

    bamboohouse808:
    I always wanted to get one of my last name in kanji on my back. My wife no like me get um. She said "Ugly". I said "Dis not your back". She gave me the "wife eye" and I still no mo my name on my back.

    Jus' no face your back to her..... and always wea' a shirt. 😉

    Just no lift too much or your guns going stretch out the character and going look and mean something totally different.

    😆 LMAO 😆 Actually wen Doug was inking Underdog and just about pau, he was doing da eyes and only da eyes was bleeding...... spooky!

    You are our "Ambassador of Kwon"

    😆 Love dat! And yes, I do know wat movie dat's from. 😉
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    midori-mm:
    Happy Birthday, Lance. I really, really like your tats!

    Mahalos! And mahalos for dropping in too!
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    Mapuana:
    Mean the tats and I totally agree that if it's what you wanted and what describes you, then who cares yeah?

    Rogah! If you can stand by your tat's then more powah to you.

    Good luck on the bucket list, I need to make one too!!

    Hopefully before you kick da bucket eh? 😛

    And muchos mahalos for dropping out of Lurkah O Ka Aina to post! 😉
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    2B:
    Eh happy birthday old fut. Now you officially a part of the MLCers eh?

    I was there long time ago. 🙁

    Da third one going be real, real hard, and for the second part of the 4th.......Dunno if pigs going fly but you nevah know eh...

    Well see....... maybe I can bribe 'em wit kim chee?
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    opso:
    brah.....da tats turned out excellente! with sharp, clean lines. Doug really does a good job! he can touch up old kine tats or what?

    Oh I'm surah he can do touch ups. Go contact him and say I sent ya! I dunno wat dat going do but at least he going know he saw you from WWD!. Let me know if/wen you do so I can let him know I know you too. 😉


  2. Dirtball:

    Happy birfday BL!

    No tats fo me. No likee needles. 😀


  3. NaPueo:

    @Rodney: re. #39 That's 36 punches! Remember 1 for good luck. 😀


  4. NaPueo:

    OOPS!! Sorry that's #29


  5. B:

    happy birfday BL. age is just numbas... no scared um go get um. like the underdog tattoo. very cool... kinda of makes a huge statement... just presevere and good fortune will come.


  6. Braddah Lance:

    chicorex:
    Happy Birthday BL. You still young !!

    Tell dat to my body. 😆
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    Makiki:
    Nice ink! I tried couple times and I just get stink eye from the wife. Not worth the aggravation.

    Yeah, those lasers coming from da eyes just might just remove all da art work anyways.

    When you (Da Wife) plan #1 on your bucket list try go when they have Food and Wine at Epcot.

    Well, da food part guarans but we no drink wine...... we not DAT old. 😛

    Good to have something tough like #3 on the list cause you no can ma-ke til the list is done.

    So I guess I'm living till I'm like a 150?
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    NEO:
    I think my dad is starting to understand that, but he's still kinda against me getting a tattoo.

    Yeah, old school peeps are li'dat - my Dad too.

    my dad said "boy, you get those ears pierced, you'll get a bull ring through your nose..." (I still have not pierced my ears)

    😆 My Dad was da same and I nevah do 'em till I was pau high school and even at dat nevah wore my earring around him.
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    Rodney Lee:
    생일축하합니다 - from one yobo to another.

    Wat kine language dat? 😆

    So you like your MLC lifetime membership card now or later?

    Doesn't my hair already show I have it?

    Congrats on da tats! When I see you in da office, I'll make sure to punch you in the arm 35 times - you know, birthday tradition. Okay, I'll spread it out to both arms.

    Just be careful... I no like you hurt your hand eh.... you know wit osteoporosis and all. 😛
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    bamboohouse808:
    Reminds me of the girl that went get one tattoo of a rosebud on her chi-chi. When she got hapai - da buggah went bloom!

    😆

    Uncle Rodney - And when she got old that buggah wen wilt!

    LMAOROFL 😆
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    rayboyjr:
    ... then not going have so much guys with the same tribal tattoos on their arms ... or ladies with the butterfly tattoo on their back ...

    I've always wondered about dat. Why would you get a tat dat someone already has?
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    sally:
    BL: Sad fact of the matter is that I could be your mudd... momm, aunty. Yah, that's it! I could be your Aunty!

    Ok........ Aunty
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    Mash:
    BL, Happy Birthday. I'm 37 no worry we still young...haha. The tats are solid, looks great.

    Mahalos! Young wea it mattahs right? 😀
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    KAN:
    Good for your filling up your bucket list. That's awesome.

    Well da oddahs just seem a little harder to accomplish but would be well worth it. 😀

    Funny talking about bucket lists - one of my bosses is going to the Olympics this weekend to fulfill one of her bucket list items too

    Dat must be awesome for her! Gotta be one of those chicken skin moments.
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    sally:
    @BL: my daughter went to Vegas twice last year. That's two more times than I did!

    😆
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    Syxx:
    Eeksh, is your ink itching yet? That's the worst part.

    Well, actually it only itched for like few times but da lotion helped cause it didn't make it dry up much.


  7. HNL2LAS:

    Eek! Read the post yesterday, but I guess I didn't comment, so now.. Happy Belated Birthday BL! Hehe.. I was on time in the other place though, so I'm not realllly late right?? bahahha..

    Love the tatts, especially the Underdog one! hee hee..

    I'm kinda freaked about the MLC from 35.. egads.. that means I'm ALREADY there???? GAHHH!! NOOOO!


  8. HNL2LAS:

    My bucket list includes:
    Times Square on New Year's Eve
    Superbowl
    Olympics event
    Visit all 50 states, I think I'm about 1/2 right now
    Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Mobile, Alabama (original home of MG)
    Okinawa
    Spain, England, Ireland, Norway
    Australia and New Zealand
    Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris Disney!


  9. HNL2LAS:

    Ohhh and I agree, if you go to Disney World, go during Food and Wine.. soo much ono stuffs! Even if its just for the fuuuud! Lots of chefs to watch too!

    Or, WHEN, not if, I move back and work there! bahahha


  10. Braddah Lance:

    Kage:
    35, old...NOT! Come on, get over it..

    I am ovah it.... I'm 35 and a day now. 😀

    Plus its so PERMANENT. I change my taste so many times, I would be tired or annoyed with a tat I got years ago. So better not to get any.

    Yeah, dat would be a pretty good reason not to get one.
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    BananaFysh:
    Like jaydee, 36 was more traumatic to me than 35, but because of what someone said to me - "Eh, now you closer to 50 than to 20." D'OH!!!

    I tink my next "gulp" moment going be at 38. I dunno why but 38 just sounds..... really old.

    You ink looks good! Me likey! I wanted to put my family crest on me someplace, but my muddah would knock me upside the head if I did that.

    Not if you put 'em near your bikini line.
    😛
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    panda hugger:
    Haha...oh boy! It's finally out of the bag huh...nah, it does match you. So what's next on the list "old fut!"

    You got da numbah for da Thunderbirds ride along program?
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    Scott:
    So what BL, I should cancel my appointment with Doug for my tribal bands on my biceps and my Chinese character tattoo on my back

    😆 Let me pick out da kanji character for you..... not like you going "know" anyways. 😆

    Us white folks have always got the Pamela Anderson barbed wire tattoo to fall back on!

    Dat you do have.
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    acuradriver02:
    Happy 35th!!! I can definitely sympathize with you...I never knew so many things can hurt at once. Sad, I'm sore from just playing my Wii now, hahaha.

    😆 Das why I just stick to my PS3.

    I've been asking different people, just to up up, not even all fancy flying. Very curious to see if I can handle.

    I tink stay different wen flying in agile planes though. I heard you gotta breathe a certain way and no can eat certain foods before da flight.
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    1dble:
    I'm in the same boat as Alohikea, will be 36 next month. Was 30 that wen hit bad, not so much anymore, looking forward to it!

    Happy early Hau'oli La Hanau to you! Yeah, all downhill so only can look forward.

    Love the ink! Good you got stuff that means something to you. I've got a few myself, working on more.. addicting!

    It is! I tink I could do one or two more.

    Funny, I hate getting shots at the doc, or taking blood, get all queezy, but tattoo is totally different always want more!

    Dat is a little funny.
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    visitor:
    Can't really remember my 35th b-day...too long ago. Savor the time, it's fly by for you too.

    Well I have 364 days left dis year. 😀

    Tats are a very personal choice, it's good that you decided after putting a lot of thought into it. Sad though when people do it on a whim...hard to "delete."

    Such a good modern day analogy - "delete".
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    Hawaii.kiwi:
    Happy birthday!!! I heard on the radio that people are their happiest and most attractive at 35. Have a great year!

    Wait...... so does dat mean I only get uglier from hea? 🙁
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    EMM386:
    As for my bucket list, going to watch the Braves play in Atlanta is definitely on there, as well as saving enough money to buy me a James Goodall acoustic.

    Wat if you had to chose between a Braves game and da acoustic?
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    Alohikea:
    BL, it's funny you ask cuz I'm getting a Polynesian design (but I do know that each line and shape means something significant) that will have my babies paw prints incorporated into it.

    At least you know wat it means. And your design sounds pretty cool!

    Oh also on my trip I am flying to Moloka`i to do the Fr Damien tour, so mark another off da list!

    Now dat sounds something to look forward! I'm surah you'll get choke chicken skin moments from dat!
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    snow:
    ...but i often admire the artwork on others. pretty amazing stuff, sometimes!

    Yeah, I know. Some of da tat's I've seen are really cool.

    ...don't worry, there's still a lot of uphill to go...

    Does it come with a wheelchair?
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    AC:
    Here's the link to that MLC article on Time.com
    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1962283,00.html

    Mahalos for dat! Pretty interesting.
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    Dirtball:
    No tats fo me. No likee needles.

    Well if you can handle da dentist it's kinda da same.... only on skin.
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    NaPueo:
    @Rodney: re. #39 That's 36 punches! Remember 1 for good luck.

    I'm afraid he'll count aftah ten. 😛
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    B:
    ... just presevere and good fortune will come.

    Rogah dat Confucius!


  11. Bre:

    Happy Birthday BL!!! Great tats! Don't worry about being mid-30's. You are still young.

    I am thinking about getting one but for a different reason. I have a scar on my arm from a surgery a few years ago. My doctor told me I could tattoo over it with my skin color. It would not erase it but would make it less noticeable.


  12. hawaiiobsessed:

    Happy birthday BL! Cool tats.


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