Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I got my first tattoo!!!

I've been thinking for a long time about how I could express my gardening enthusiasm in a tattoo.

I've never gotten a tattoo before since it always seemed a bit trashy; however, I figured something botanical would work.

Heck, it could even be classy. Botanical prints are all the rage in interior design - why not in tattoos?

The more I thought about getting a plant-related tattoo, the more I liked the idea.

My big dilemma, of course, was - which plant should I feature?

I toyed around with chaya, though that could be mistaken for a maple leaf and I didn't want folks to think I was Canadian.

I also thought about sweet potatoes, figs, mulberries or even a Chickasaw plum illustration with the Latin name beneath it.

The Florida Food Forests loquat logo was also in the race but I decided against it. I'm always changing my business ideas and didn't want to get trapped in what might later seem to be a bad decision.

Fortunately, a great idea came to me at last... and it happened where many of my good ideas arrive: outdoors amongst my plants.

As I was wandering through the food forest last week and checking out all the new growth, I almost tripped over the stump of one of my multi-year-old cassava plants and then noticed the lush new growth coming up from the ground.

I thought, "Man... I love these plants!"

And then it hit me: cassava!

That was it!

It was the first perennial vegetable I ever grew seriously, plus it's just a lot of fun to grow.

I made my decision - and yesterday I pulled the trigger!


Yeah, it hurt. Still totally worth it.

Isn't that great? Rob (my tattoo artist) did a killer job on the details... it almost looks like you could pick the leaf right off my arm.

When I went down to the tattoo place one of my friends recommended (thank you, Joel!), I figured they'd have no idea what a cassava leaf looked like.

Imagine my surprise when I saw it featured in many of their designs.

It wasn't like there was just a few tiny images in a book, either - cassava leaf designs were EVERYWHERE.

There was a picture of one gal with cassava leaves all over her back, carried by flying cherubs... there was another one where a caterpillar was smoking a hookah while sitting on a huge cassava leaf (probably an after-dinner smoke... my favorite hookah tobacco tastes like apples, though who knows which flavor caterpillars prefer); there was even one guy who had a picture of a gigantic cassava leaf floating above a sunset.

Seriously - there's a LOT of cassava love going on. I honestly had no idea that the tattoo crowd was that into growing tropical staple root crops. It really gives me a lot of hope for the future of perennial vegetables in our nation - I'm going to have to get connected with the local tat conventions and see if I can score some cuttings of different varieties we can test on the homestead.

I know - getting a tattoo is a big deal, and maybe I'm an idiot for doing it... but I don't really think so. I'm proud of my cassava plants and am quite glad I found a botanical image I can live with for the rest of my life.

I hope you dig it as much as I do. Manihot esculenta forever!

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At April 1, 2015 at 8:43 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some say cassava, some say marijuana. Lol

At April 1, 2015 at 9:12 AM , Blogger Dr. Mom said...

Happy April Fool's to you too!! LOL

At April 1, 2015 at 9:12 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Your skin around the tattoo isn't red or puffy at all. Your superior healing abilities must be from all the greens you eat! :P Good April fools

At April 1, 2015 at 9:56 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

Witch hazel, my friend.

At April 1, 2015 at 9:56 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

What are you talking about???

At April 1, 2015 at 10:10 AM , Blogger Herrick Kimball said...

Oh no.

Not you too!!!

I feel like I'm in some sort of Body Snatchers world, where everyone but me has succumbed to the aliens.

(I watched the 1955 version of that movie when I was a kid and it terrified me)

At April 1, 2015 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Derek the Grower said...

No need to be ashamed...we all smoke a little bit of cassava here and there

At April 1, 2015 at 9:04 PM , Anonymous Andi said...

This is the best April Fools post today. You win!

At April 1, 2015 at 9:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cassava! Any self respecting food forest guy would understand that one, just like the Harley or Mother tattoo.
You the Man!!

At April 1, 2015 at 9:47 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

You had me going until I saw the picture. Nicely done.

At April 2, 2015 at 11:46 AM , Blogger David The Good said...

That's one of my favorite films... definitely scary, though I couldn't figure out how the gal was transformed at the end after just falling asleep for a second. Made no sense since previously in the film there were pods in waiting.

At April 2, 2015 at 11:46 AM , Blogger David The Good said...



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