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the time has come {the walrus and the carpenter}

illustrated quote from the walrus and the carpenter

I’m on a roll! I just finished my third illustrated quote in three days. Do you recognize this one? It’s from Alice in Wonderland, when Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum tell the story of the Walrus and the Carpenter. Although I can’t read it without automatically hearing the music from the song in the Disney version.

tattoos, tattoos, tattoos for me and you…..

I am SO excited!!!

I FINALLY did something that I’ve wanted to do FOREVER. I’ve been thinking about it, I’ve obsessed over it, and consequences be damned, I went and got my half sleeve started!

And, truly, WHAT consequences? Other than my mom will be none too happy with me (how funny…I still feel awkward every time my mom finds out I’ve gotten another tattoo). I won’t be able to wear really short sleeves/tank tops to work anymore. So there’s that. But honestly, the AC is cranked so high most of the time that I’m freezing in the office  anyway (I’m kind of a wuss about the cold, and I HATE artificial recirculated air blowing on me). We’re near Chicago, so it’s not like it’s hot ALL year round. Besides, I’ll buy a couple cardigans and a couple three-quarter length baseball T’s to wear under my regular t-shirts and it’ll be fine. I’m a big believer that, as long as you’re not hurting anyone else, your life and your decisions are yours to make. Who CARES?

It’s funny, because my boyfriend is a tattoo artist, but between our work schedules and the kids you wouldn’t BELIEVE how hard it is for me to get tattooed by him. I had to take a vacation day to do it. We got all the outlining done yesterday, and he’s predicting at least a few more  sessions to get it all colored in. It’s going to look AMAZING. I already love it, and I can’t even imagine how great it’s going to look in color. The only problem is that half-finished things drive me crazy, and now I have to manage to squeeze some time out of my crazy schedule to work on it some more.  But it WILL happen soon.

It’s super detailed, so we only had time for the outlining. I was pretty surprised that it was the least painful tattoo I’ve ever sat through. A very pleasant surprise, actually

Why the white rabbit? Obviously I have a love of Alice in Wonderland. I hate when people need to have this big philosophical explanation behind every tattoo, because not everything has to have a deep, profound, symbolic meaning. Sometimes, it’s enough that something is cool, or it just feels right. But the white rabbit…I’ve loved him forever. Everyone is chasing SOMETHING, right? Life is crazy, and weird, and I can’t explain why it resonates with me so much, but it does.

*Yes…there will be a picture. Eventually. Once I take one where my arm doesn’t look all weird. {Stay tuned}

we’re all a little mad here…

Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant in Japan

Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant in Japan

As a person slightly obsessed with all things Alice in Wonderland (really…you couldn’t tell?) I absolutely fell in love with photos of this themed restaurant posted by My Modern Metropolis that popped up on the my Facebook feed. Too bad it’s halfway around the world, because I would probably eat here every day just for the awesome atmosphere.

http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/alice-in-wonderland-restaurant

Then there are these amazing Alice in Wonderland shoes someone made and posted on Zazzle.com. I want them.

http://www.zazzle.com/alice_in_wonderland_shoes-167185597224097470

 

Me, in front of a Cheshire Cat Pub, back in my fire-engine red hair days

As I was posting this other stuff, I remembered about a picture my friend took of me in from of the Cheshire Cat Brew Pub in Colorado. After perusing the interwebs for a link it seems that they’re no longer in business. I honestly can’t remember anything about the quality of the food or beer, but I do remember the gorgeous Alice in Wonderland themed paintings (I think they were painted on glass) hanging on the walls. Plus I have this sweet photo of me in front of the sign.

So there you have it. Now that I’m thinking about it, I have TONS of Alice in Wonderland related artwork from over the years, going back all the way to middle school. Maybe one of these days I’ll try to round it up, photograph or scan it, and do another post about it.

down, down, down the rabbit hole…

…burning with curiosity, she ran across the field after it, and fortunately was just in time to see it pop down a large rabbit-hole under the hedge.  In another moment down went Alice after it, never once considering how in the world she was to get out again….”

Ever since I was little, I’ve loved the story of Alice in Wonderland. I guess even then I was drawn to Weird. I loved the idea of a world so off kilter and bizarre. I loved the idea of it being so near that one might walk past it every day, but unless you sought it out and were willing to take the dive down, you would never know what existed at the bottom. I wanted to be Alice and explore that world, where weirdness was normal, and normal was weird.  I remember my mom taping “Alice in Wonderland” off the Disney channel when I was a kid, and watching that VHS tape over and over and over until it was practically worn out. I remember getting older and reading the book by Lewis Carrol and absolutely falling in love with John Tenniel’s illustrations. Sometimes in life you can’t explain exactly why something appeals to you so strongly…it just does. 

When I took a web design class last spring and had to come up with a theme for my art portfolio, “megandowntherabbithole” seemed like a natural fit. Creating art is nothing but following your own personal white rabbit.  You never know where he’ll lead you, but it’s always guarenteed to be interesting.