After Challenge Wanaka, I still wasn't fully healed from the crash and had already planned to take a week off post-race. The boy and I headed up to Nelson to meet up with a particularly gifted tattooist so that he could add to one of his tattoos and so that I could get my second tattoo. I had been thinking of getting another tattoo for the last year or so, but I was never confident in my ideas, and by the time I was, several attempts to get in touch, plan, and sketch my ideas with tattooists didn't pan out. I wasn't stressed, it would happen when it would happen. And I stumbled upon the most perfect person to do it; someone whose work I greatly admire.
So this isn't the best picture, but it is an inner forearm tattoo that combines three different places in Wanaka:
|The submerged tree in Lake Wanaka, but with its leaves.|
|The poplars on one side of the lake|
|Black Peak as the mountain in the center of the tattoo.|
|Other mountains that can be viewed from Wanaka on either|
In the end, obviously the tattoo is not a strictly accurate representation of Wanaka from any one viewpoint, but it definitely encapsulates my love of the place. It feels like it has belonged on my arm forever, it "fits".