That's beautiful... both the tattoo and the poem. The one tattoo I'll be getting that doesn't come from a sci-fi-type inspiration features an ankh, among other things.
Yeah, I've heard the ribs hurt. I think one of mine will end up there, and not looking forward to it, almost as much as I'm not looking forward to the one that's going to cover part of my inner thigh; I understand that also sucks
I like that all your work is so interrelated. It is a lot in a little space, though.
Do you have plans to get work done elsewhere once you complete the sleeve?
One of the ones I'll be getting is also extremely personal and the only one who'll ever have it explained to them is whoever ends up wearing the other half (here's hoping I meet him soon LOL).