Having a half sleeve has its up and downs. Especially when you have a half sleeve that is super bright. See my artist used a new kind of ink that lets the colors stay vibrant for a longer period of time. I also am out in the sun quite a bit so usually the color fades after running around in the uv rays for long periods of time. So far though the colors have stayed vibrant and I am so in love with the way it turned out. Of course though there are some interesting things that happen when you have a half sleeve and you serve customers at an ice cream shop.
You get a lot of people that want to grab your arm and look at your artwork. you get a lot of people who ask you where you get it done and lots of people who want to physically touch it. Yesterday was one of those days. I had a lot of people asking me where i get my work done and a lot of people who wanted to touch my arm and turn it to see all the details.
But my favorite experience was this couple who came into our store an hour and a half before we closed. They were cracking me up and just making my night so amazing. I had been working all day and I was having a blast with my team but with a few hours to go it really was difficult to keep myself cheery. For one I was tired and I also was struggling with the fact that I was starving a little bit.
Once this couple got their ice cream the guy looked at me and goes "Ok so I have one more request" and I smiled and replied "what else can I do for you?"
He looks at me, smiles, and holds out his hands. "Can I see your arm?". I smiled and responded with "Well I can't really disconnect my arm and just hand it to you" and his wife cracked up at my attempt at joking with them.
I went up to the ice cream bar and held up my arm for him to look at. He started turning it, looking at the lines and color. Once he was done he then asked me what my art represents. I told him about the whole half sleeve and what it meant to me. I explained each part of the half sleeve and which machine they came from. He was into the whole thing and once I was done he smiled at me and nodded while looking at the artwork.
"Very very cool. Thank you so much" and I told him
"No thank you. I really appreciate you guys."
It always feels good to have my artwork be appreciated. My artist deserves all the recognition and I am so happy I decided to get this half sleeve. It’s a beautiful thing and I feel so completed with it.
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