I finally got my tattoo updated. However, Greenland and Russia (which was retouched) are still healing. May have more work done in Antigua tomorrow so decided to post it even though not completely healed.
While in India in January 2014 I found out from Mel Collier at Natural Mystic Tattoo that The National Enquirer had contacted him about my tattoo because they wanted to do an article. I never spoke to them and was a bit concerned due to their reputation of "stretching the truth". But actually was happy with most of the article and liked how they incorporated pics of me at various world locations and highlighted that country. ABC's Good Morning America, Fox News, Yahoo and now The National Enquirer. Who would have thought anyone would have cared. I also know it has been in many newspapers around the world including China. Had to be a really slow news week. Haha. Jaja
While sitting in the Pirate Bar in Utila Honduras waiting for the World Cup to begin, I quickly noticed a girl, Jules, who I had met earlier in Antigua. After speaking for a moment she quickly turned around to speak to someone else and that is when I noticed it, a tattoo outline of the world. I, along with many other backpackers, quickly told her how awesome it looked. She also said that she planned putting a red dot on all the places she has traveled. While sitting at the table looking almost hypnotically looking at her tattoo every time her back was facing me, I realized that I had finally gotten the inspiration for the "travel" tattoo that I had been thinking about since my trip to Thailand. She told me that she had gotten the tattoo from Mike at Tattoo Antigua in Antigua, Guatemala. I realized that if I was going to do that it would have to be a tattoo of the entire World including the specific countries. I also knew that I would like to color in each of the countries that I had traveled to. I went back to Antigua and got the outline of the world done by Mike and then got the countries colored in by Jake of Natural Mystic Tattoo in Pineville, Louisiana. The following pictures are of my initial tattoo and the progression of coloring in the countries. 40 counties so far with hopefully many more to follow.