Huh? *said while crying* Mid-wat?

February 11th, 2010
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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.   :shock:  :cry:  :shock:   :cry:

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?   :lol: 

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.   :wink: 

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?   :wink: 

 


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

 

 


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.   :grin: 

 

 

 

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. Coconut Willy:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRADDAH LANCE!

    I think your BBall skills just went up with the addition of the tats.


  2. islandgirl in nc:

    Have a wonderful birthday BL! The tats are super, and it sounds like your birthday is off to a great start!


  3. GA Bows:

    Happy Birthday BL!!!

    35 isn't so bad, I'll be turning 40 in June... no that makes me a sad panda!

    The tat looks awesome, gotta love Underdog!


  4. jaydee:

    Happy Birthday BL!!!

    I don't know why, but turning 36 was mentally more traumatic than turning 40. I guess it was because I was closer to the 40 "hump" and farther from that fabulous 30 number. Now I look back and realize, it's only a number.


  5. TwoFish:

    Hauoli la hanau!


  6. sally:

    Happy Birthday BL! 35? No whining -hahaha- before the MLCers come and mob you.

    Love the tatts, altho' I wouldn't do it myself. Needles.... 'memba? ugh. Needles. Pain. ugh.

    You're never too young to have a bucket list, the sooner you make one the sooner you have direction of sorts. I wanna be there when you fly with the Thunderbirds!


  7. Ynaku:

    You still one whipper snapper to me. Pretty soon one MLCer :P

    Congrats to you and Da wife. She wen let you get da tat? She neva try punch em after? Nah you get one cool wife. And I wen spock her in da pic.

    OK so what goes the Kanji one really say?

    As for the Underdog, I think most of us fit in that category. I root for the underdog.


  8. Koreankanak:

    Love the Underdog!!! Happy Birthday!!!


  9. sally:

    It is true that a tat is a very personal expression. Yours is very, um, YOU!

    My daughter got a tat for her 21st birthday, was very personal too. It was a kanji phrase meaning something to the effect of "no matter what life throws at you, you have to persevere and get through it". We laughed when I told her that one should be for me, not her since she was the throw-ee. ha!


  10. M:

    Good morning BL!

    Happy Birthday!

    You not even close to being old. You still one young bugga. It's wat inside dat counts.

    Da tats looks guud!


  11. sally:

    oops, I meant she was the throw-ER!


  12. AC:

    BL...lovin' the new term, "kwon!" Happy Birthday! By the way, I just read this yesterday, when the term MLC was first coined, it was actually referring to those men turning 35, which back in those days was mid-life. Welcome to Uncle Rodney's world...hahaha!


  13. sally:

    My friend has been told over the years to tat his wife's name on his arm (yes, there's a story behind that one too). His wife's nicknmame is "Ernie". My friend will not be tatting "Ernie" on his arm any day soon.


  14. matt:

    Happy birthday, BL. agree that cultural tats on people obviously not of that culture are a bit WWD. makes spotting them easy, though, so you know what you're dealing with ahead of time.


  15. onecupcoffee:

    Happy birthday! Cool tats!


  16. Ocean Lover:

    Happy Birthday BL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ho.....I was sked I was going see one butterfly tattoo.......by your butt. ;-)

    That "UNDERDOG" tat is PERFECT!

    And with respect to you hitting your "mid-thirties"..........."I GOING BE UNCLE" or what? "tic toc....tic toc" ;-)

    OL


  17. 9th Island Girl:

    Happy happy birthday!!!! It's okay; you're still a spring chicken...or maybe a summer chicken? :)

    I like the tats! Doug did a nice job.


  18. Alohikea:

    Happy Bday BL but no whining!! I turn 36 in 2 days!!!!!! Good job on the tattoo though, I have like 12 plus I am getting a new tat in Kailua the Monday before I fly home. I am crossing things off my bucket list all the time; will try surfing while in Hawaii and also am going to take a SUP lesson while there too. Only 5 more days till HAWAI`I!!!!!!


  19. David In Oregon:

    eh, how come that tattoo says, "Eat at Voodoo Doughnuts" ? :razz:

    nah nah nah.


  20. buddahbelly:

    Happy B-Day BL!!!
    No worry, 35, you still young yet.


  21. bamboohouse808:

    Happy Birthday BL!!

    I like the tats! 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. :cry:

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

    You are our "Ambassador of Kwon"


  22. midori-mm:

    Happy Birthday, Lance. I really, really like your tats!


  23. Mapuana:

    Happy Birthday Braddah Lance! Mean the tats and I totally agree that if it's what you wanted and what describes you, then who cares yeah? Good luck on the bucket list, I need to make one too!!


  24. 2B:

    Eh happy birthday old fut. Now you officially a part of the MLCers eh?

    Pretty sure about you getting to the first two on your bucket list. 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...


  25. opso:

    happy birfday BL! :D

    sheesh! i WISH i just turned 35! :(

    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? ;)


  26. chicorex:

    Happy Birthday BL. You still young !!


  27. Makiki:

    Happy Birthday!

    Nice ink! I tried couple times and I just get stink eye from the wife. Not worth the aggravation.

    When you (Da Wife) plan #1 on your bucket list try go when they have Food and Wine at Epcot. Good to have something tough like #3 on the list cause you no can ma-ke til the list is done.

    Alan from Makiki


  28. NEO:

    BL-
    Hau'oli La Hanau and Happy Birthday even... mean lookin' tats you gots dere sir. I have always wanted to get a tattoo, for the reasons you mentioned above... The one I would get would be my Japanese name in Kanji, on my left shoulder blade... Grandma says that's yakuza style, but to me, it's a representation of the two things that mean the most to me as well, my family name because my family is most important, and my Japanese name because it represents who I am and my Japanese heritage, which is super important to me. I think my dad is starting to understand that, but he's still kinda against me getting a tattoo.

    I also wanted to get my ear pierced when I was a kid, and 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) then I told dad, okay if I can't pierce my ear, then I want to pierce my eyebrow... (he smacked me one on the butt and said... 's wrong witchu?!" (I still do not have an eyebrow piercing)

    Happy ALOHA FRIDAY Eve everyone!

    NEO


  29. Rodney Lee:

    생일축하합니다 - from one yobo to another. :wink:

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

    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. :twisted:

    bamboohouse808:
    Just no lift too much or your guns going stretch out the character and going look and mean something totally different. :mrgreen:

    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!


  30. bamboohouse808:

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


  31. rayboyjr:

    :D :D :D :D :D Happy Mid-30's Braddah Lance!!! :D :D :D :D :D

    ... hey Braddah Lance ... luv it!!! ... looks great!!! ... looks like you luv it too ... nutin' bettah that that!!! ...

    ... and absolutely luv da underdog character on you ... more people should do that ... have something more representative of themselves ... instead of the popular stuff ...

    ... 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 thought of getting inked before ... but if I think of something that represents me ... I would have to put one Clown on my arm :roll: ...

    ... that might not look so cool ... well, on second thought, Clowns kinda look scary ... might work ...

    ... Have a Good One Everyone!!!


  32. Braddah Lance:

    Muchos Mahlaos to ALL for da birthday wishes!

    Coconut Willy:
    I think your BBall skills just went up with the addition of the tats.

    :lol: Rogah dat! It's easier for me to drive to da hoop wen they stay laughing! :lol:
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    islandgirl in nc:
    The tats are super, and it sounds like your birthday is off to a great start!

    Well, I actually started my birthday at Satellite City Hall.... and dat's a mo'olelo to share latah. :wink: Me likey da tat's too. :grin:
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    GA Bows:
    35 isn't so bad, I'll be turning 40 in June... no that makes me a sad panda!

    40? You gonna have a zero in your age? :razz:

    The tat looks awesome, gotta love Underdog!

    And da one thing I really liked about Underdog is dat da cartoon is "old school" (except for da movie dat bombed).
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    jaydee:
    Now I look back and realize, it's only a number.

    And then your body snaps you back into coherance right? :razz:
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    TwoFish:
    Hauoli la hanau!

    Mahalos!
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    sally:
    Happy Birthday BL! 35? No whining -hahaha- before the MLCers come and mob you.

    They gotta catch me first! :lol: I know I can out run them..... well, most of them.

    You're never too young to have a bucket list, the sooner you make one the sooner you have direction of sorts.

    Nevah thought of it dat way. :cool:

    I wanna be there when you fly with the Thunderbirds!

    Before or aftah I hurl? :lol:
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    Ynaku:
    Congrats to you and Da wife. She wen let you get da tat? She neva try punch em after? Nah you get one cool wife.

    Yeah, she wen "let" me. She's actually working on a design for her too. :shock:

    OK so what goes the Kanji one really say?

    It says, "Ynaku will send BL monthly supply of strawberry mochi".
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    Koreankanak:
    Love the Underdog!!! Happy Birthday!!!

    :grin:
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    sally:
    It is true that a tat is a very personal expression. Yours is very, um, YOU!

    :wink:

    My daughter got a tat for her 21st birthday, was very personal too.

    No Vegas?
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    M:
    You not even close to being old. You still one young bugga. It's wat inside dat counts.

    My insides says I'm about 17..... it's da outside dat not agreeing. :lol:


  33. 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!


  34. Mash:

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


  35. KAN:

    BL, Happy Flippin' Birfday! Many happy returns! I hope the only exercise you really need for your arms today is hoisting a few ;-)

    Good for your filling up your bucket list. That's awesome. I've toyed with the idea of getting a tat, but I'm a huge pain wimp. Sweetie got his daughter a tattoo for her 18th b-day, and held her hand as she was getting it. What a dad!

    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 - and I'm jealous. But I'll be able to enjoy it vicariously.


  36. sally:

    @BL: my daughter went to Vegas twice last year. That's two more times than I did!


  37. Syxx:

    Happy Birthday BL!

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


  38. Braddah Lance:

    sally:
    oops, I meant she was the throw-ER!

    Ooooh..... so SHE's da boss. :grin:
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    AC:
    By the way, I just read this yesterday, when the term MLC was first coined, it was actually referring to those men turning 35, which back in those days was mid-life. Welcome to Uncle Rodney's world...hahaha!

    :lol: :lol: :neutral: :sad: :cry: I dreaded dis day would come.
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    sally:
    His wife's nicknmame is "Ernie". My friend will not be tatting "Ernie" on his arm any day soon.

    Uh, I'd be hesitant to tat "Ernie" on me too. :shock: Unless my name was Bert. :wink:
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    matt:
    agree that cultural tats on people obviously not of that culture are a bit WWD. makes spotting them easy, though, so you know what you're dealing with ahead of time.

    Hmmm..... fill in your own adjectives? :grin:
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    onecupcoffee:
    Happy birthday! Cool tats!

    :grin: Mahalos!
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    Ocean Lover:
    Ho.....I was sked I was going see one butterfly tattoo.......by your butt.

    It's by my bikini line. :lol:

    That "UNDERDOG" tat is PERFECT!

    *beeeg smile*

    And with respect to you hitting your "mid-thirties"..........."I GOING BE UNCLE" or what? "tic toc....tic toc"

    Or wat?
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    9th Island Girl:
    It's okay; you're still a spring chicken...or maybe a summer chicken?

    Is there a difference?

    I like the tats! Doug did a nice job.

    Yes indeedy!
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    Alohikea:
    Happy Bday BL but no whining!! I turn 36 in 2 days!!!!!!

    Hau'oli La Hanau to you!

    Good job on the tattoo though, I have like 12 plus I am getting a new tat in Kailua the Monday before I fly home.

    Of wat, if you no mind sharing.

    I am crossing things off my bucket list all the time; will try surfing while in Hawaii and also am going to take a SUP lesson while there too. Only 5 more days till HAWAI`I!!!!!!

    Have a great time wen you come ovah! And once you SUP you going wish you could do it all da time! Surfing should be fun but be careful cause we still expecting biggah than normal surf on ALL shores next week..... dat means wen in doubt, no go out. :wink:
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    David In Oregon:
    eh, how come that tattoo says, "Eat at Voodoo Doughnuts" ?

    :lol: LMAO :lol: How'd you know?
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    buddahbelly:
    No worry, 35, you still young yet.

    Young in mind.... body not so much so. :roll:


  39. Kage:

    Happy Birthday BL!

    35, old...NOT! Come on, get over it.. :lol:
    I no can even remember my 35th bday it was dat long ago.

    Cool tats. I give you credit. I no can. Big pain wimp here. I would be crying and whining so much they would kick me out of the shop. 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.


  40. BananaFysh:

    Happy Birfday Braddah Lance! :D

    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!!! :cry:

    I think I said something along the lines of "Son of a motherless goat!" or something to that effect. ;)

    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. :(


  41. 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!" :-)


  42. 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 ;)

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


  43. acuradriver02:

    BL~

    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.

    When you get the hookups for the Blue Angels or the Thunderbirds, PLEASE take me along. I've been asking different people, just to up up, not even all fancy flying. Very curious to see if I can handle.


  44. 1dble:

    Happy Birthday BL!

    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!

    Love the ink! Good you got stuff that means something to you. I've got a few myself, working on more.. addicting! Funny, I hate getting shots at the doc, or taking blood, get all queezy, but tattoo is totally different always want more!


  45. visitor:

    Birthday wishes BL!

    Can't really remember my 35th b-day...too long ago. Savor the time, it's fly by for you too.

    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."


  46. Hawaii.kiwi:

    Happy birthday!!! I heard on the radio that people are their happiest and most attractive at 35. Have a great year!


  47. EMM386:

    Happy Birthday, BL. I don't have anything against tattoos, I just don't have anything that I know I'd want on my body for the rest of my life. 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.


  48. 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. Laura at House of Ink will be doing it and she does killer freehand designs. I am doing the surfing lesson BEFORE my tat of course so hopefully the surf will be ok on the 21st. Oh also on my trip I am flying to Moloka`i to do the Fr Damien tour, so mark another off da list!


  49. snow:

    happy birthday BL! before (you know, MLCer young-time!), tats really had a bad connotation (only motorcycle gang members had tats... and they were baaad!) but, now, i see that there's so much thought behind many people's tats, i can see why they get them. i'd probably never get one myself but i often admire the artwork on others. pretty amazing stuff, sometimes! what a memorable way to celebrate your birthday! and, hey, don't worry, there's still a lot of uphill to go... age is just a number!


  50. AC:

    BL / Uncle Rodney:

    Here's the link to that MLC article on Time.com
    http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1962283,00.html


  51. 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. :wink:

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

    :lol: LMAO :lol: 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"

    :lol: Love dat! And yes, I do know wat movie dat's from. :wink:
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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? :razz:

    And muchos mahalos for dropping out of Lurkah O Ka Aina to post! :wink:
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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. :sad:

    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. :wink:


  52. Dirtball:

    Happy birfday BL!

    No tats fo me. No likee needles. :grin:


  53. NaPueo:

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


  54. NaPueo:

    OOPS!! Sorry that's #29


  55. 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.


  56. Braddah Lance:

    chicorex:
    Happy Birthday BL. You still young !!

    Tell dat to my body. :lol:
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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. :razz:

    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)

    :lol: 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? :lol:

    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. :razz:
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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!

    :lol:

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

    LMAOROFL :lol:
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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? :grin:
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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. :grin:

    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!

    :lol:
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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.


  57. 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!


  58. 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!


  59. 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


  60. Braddah Lance:

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

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

    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.
    :razz:
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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

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

    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.

    :lol: 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. :grin:

    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? :sad:
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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. :razz:
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    B:
    ... just presevere and good fortune will come.

    Rogah dat Confucius!


  61. 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.


  62. hawaiiobsessed:

    Happy birthday BL! Cool tats.