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Painted Lady

November 18, 2009

26th Oct 2007

Oh, we came to town to see
That old tattoed lady
She was a sight to see
Tattoed from head to knee
My uncle Ned was there
He came to gape and stare
“I’v never” he declaired “Seen such a freak so fair!;

And on her jaw was the Royal flying corp
And on her back was the Union Jack, now could you ask for more?
All up and down her spine, were strings and garden lines
And all around her hips sailed a fleet of battle ships
And over her left kidney was a birds-eye view of Sidney
But what we liked best was a pirate’s chest
And a little home in Waikiki


A woman sporting a tattoo used to be a rarity. So much so, that those few who did could make a reasonable living exhibiting themselves with travelling fairs and sideshows. Nowadays, of course, tattoos have become ‘fashionable’ and many women now ‘wear’ one. The less adventurous (more sensible?) women opting for a temporary ‘transfer’ type tattoo which can be worn when out clubbing at the weekend but removed when returning to work on the Monday.

Mrs D has never felt tempted to become a painted lady. I did once ask her if she wanted a tattoo (a little rose or butterfly, perhaps) on some discreet part of her anatomy. I even offered to pay – I had run out of ideas for an Xmas present that year!

Her reply puzzled me –

‘No thanks. What possible pleasure do you think I would get from having my body pierced by a lot of little pricks. It’s bad enough I have to endure one!’

Well, things have changed. In preparation for her radiotherapy treatment, we went to the Hospital on Wednesday, where Mrs D was given a series of ‘Planning’ Cat Scans and had little permanent ‘freckle-sized’ black dots tattoed on her back, chest, and breasts as reference points to guide the radiotherapist when delivering her treatment.

Looking at her now, as she lies there asleep in our bed, I am resisting the temptation to draw lines between the dots to see what interesting shapes I can make!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. November 18, 2009 2:05 am

    I always liked those connect-the-dot drawings! 🙂

  2. November 18, 2009 7:12 am

    Oooh MudBaby would have a ball … that’s his favourite 😆

  3. November 18, 2009 2:12 pm

    What a naughty little ditty…

    I had never heard about the radiology tattoo artist! interesting

  4. CatGod permalink
    November 19, 2009 3:54 am

    Just don’t use a permanent marker…

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