Friday Flashback #2

Friday, September 4, 2009

The strongest memories from my childhood are almost all Rainbow Brite related. One time when I was visiting my grandparents, I must have been anywhere in between the ages of three and five, my Grammy rented the Rainbow Brite movie for me. I was so excited that I jumped up and down in the store, picked up the video, held it above my head, and started twirling around in circles, almost exactly the same way my daughter does now.

When I was 19, I decided to get Rainbow Brite tattood on my left arm. That day is still so clear in my head. It was cold outside, I had to wear a sweater over my dress. I went to see my friend Kelly, at her studio in Vancouver, Washington. Her work space had a certain scent to it, not like the typical tattoo parlor. If you can imagine it, it was more feminine. Or, if you've never been inside a tattoo shop at all, it was kind of like a massage studio? Very relaxing, very comfortable. Also, that Outkast song, Hey Ya kept playing over the radio. I think I heard it 2 times while I was there, and maybe once in the car on the way over.

After I was all finished and my tattoo was wrapped up, my friend Joner met me in the parking lot for a date. He pulled up while I was sitting outside smoking (shame on me), so he pulled up a chair and joined me. Next we went out for coffee and a movie. Kind of a disaster date, actually, we were much better off as just friends (obviously, since my blog is called Christopher and Tia, not Joner and Tia, hah).

Its weird looking back and seeing how naked my skin looked. That picture was taken with one of those free digital cameras that you get when you sign up for new internet service. Its grainy and awful, but makes me sigh and say "aww", because I remember it so well. Who would have thought that a crappy digital camera from 6 years ago would stand out in my memory and melt my heart.

A few weeks later I went back and had a few more parts added to to my tattoo (lather, rinse, repeat), the end result being a half sleeve with Rainbow Brite as the main character, surrounded by stars filled with the Shirt Tales, all floating on fluffy clouds and a free handed rainbow. Very nostalgic. It makes me happy.

I found the scrap paper from the original Rainbow Brite piece, and had to scan it. Like so many other things, I never want to forget that day. And Hey ya will always remind me of it.


Kunklebaby September 4, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

I LOVED Rainbow Bright too! Hmmm...I think I am going to see if I can rent the movie for the kids next week for Movie Night.

ElegantSnobbery September 4, 2009 at 11:34 AM  

I loved Rainbow Brite. I wanted so badly to be Indigo. She was my favorite.

How funny to look at pictures when your skin was 'naked.' I'm so used to my tattoo, that it feels weird thinking that I didn't always have one, and it hasn't even been a year yet!

AlyGatr September 4, 2009 at 11:36 AM  

What a great memory. I always talk about getting a tattoo, but am far too chicken to get one. Someday...or so I tell myself. I'm inching up on 40, so maybe that's when I'll get brave enough. I wasn't much of a Rainbow Brite girl...but Shirt Tales...oh yeah baby!

Megan September 4, 2009 at 4:14 PM  

One day we all got to bring our favorite video to preschool/day care and I took Rainbow Brite. :)

I like this post, I like warm & fuzzy memories.

Christopher And Tia September 5, 2009 at 2:42 PM  

Kunkle, Christopher bought me all of the DVDs one year for my birthday. We love having them around. And I'm slowly collecting all of my other favorite cartoons on DVD as well.

Elegant- once they're on there, its hard to remember your body without it, huh? I tell Eleanore I was born with the, just to be funny. Well, she doesn't laugh, but I do :)

Aly- You should get one!! Well, I mean, when you're good and ready. But I highly encourage it, hehe.

Megan- I prefer warm and fuzzy memories too. My last flashback was depressing, haha.

Household 6 October 11, 2009 at 1:42 PM  

Hi Tia, so funny I found your blog while surfing for vintage sheet music today. Ironic because: my name is Tia. My husband is also military (Army) It looks like we both enjoy tattoos (ha!) and lets see... oh, from a photo of you and yours, my white boy also has blue eyes. Weird no? Yes? Maybe? Anywho, loving your blog - you have righteous photo skillz! Nice to mee'cha

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