We met at the world Atheist and Agnostic Freethinkers AA convention in Austin Texas back in November. He is a recovering alcoholic and I was there as a member of Al-Anon. Unsurprisingly I was immediately drawn to him on first sight in the convention hall.
He and I hung out a bit and then one evening went downtown to Sixth Street and did a tour of the tattoo studios and enjoyed a good steak together. While I chatted up all the tattooed women he found better things to do.
Then on the last evening I went to his room at our convention hotel and interviewed him about his totally tattooed self.
Every time he did anything major to his body he said to himself, well that's all. And then he would do the next thing. That said, having had the lion done the completion of his his head was part of the original plan.
But then at a later date he shaved his beard off and had his jawline done then allowed his beard grow back. He itched to have some more tattoos done. After lots of thought about themes, native American and Sanskrit he embarked on his face. Then there was the buddhist eye.
He said "I just wanted it, and didn't worry about what other people think." His hands were a big deal, so the face was just a continuation. Dan is completely phlegmatic about it. And importantly he is comfortable in his own skin, a common factor amongst those I have interviewed over the years with extensive visible tattoos.
He looks complete but are there other little things he wants to get done, like the back of his ears. There's always something.
It's makes him more sociable. Everyone wants to come up and talk, like I did. One thing really amused him was in a shopping mall was a guy came up to him and said what the hell were you thinking getting your face done like that. He recalled thinking that this was none of his fucking business. "I just decided to humiliate him instead of him humiliating me. That is the only single time someone has attempted to insult me."