I have been playing music most of my life. I started on the viola when I was in the fifth grade and joined the school orchestra. The first question people ask is "What is the viola?". The viola looks like a violin but it has a lower register and the music is written in the G clef rather than the standard treble clef. I didn't really choose the viola, it was the only instrument in the house and my parents weren't going to buy an evil electric twanger. In hindsight, I was glad I learned a classical instrument. I learned to read music and play by ear. Still something was missing.
When I reached puberty and started gaining interest in girls, I ditched the now lame viola for a guitar. I played guitar for many years and for many bands. Along the way, I played the bass guitar as well for about fifteen years. Some of my best times in life were playing music, creating music and the comradery and friendship a rock band provides at times.
As a symbol of my love for music I wanted to get a tattoo that would express these feelings. After a few ideas were tossed around, I came up with and idea. Below are two music notation symbols, the treble clef and the G clef, for which I am familiar with both.
I came up with a design to combine both clefs to to symbolize my experience with both. Below is the actual tattoo on my left wrist.
Pretty sweet. Since the tattoo is on my left wrist, my fret hand, my view is a little different. See below.
Not as sweet. Every time I play guitar or bass I see a pissed off snail whose lost his shell. His left arm clenching a fist and his right flipping me off. I've named him Cliff the Angry Clef.
Since this image has been burned in my mind, I see Cliff more than the clefs. I guess some pre-planning could have avoid this but then it wouldn't be the same. Tattoos and music should be spontaneous and wreckless. I've grown to accept Cliff...he'll be here awhile.