Most everything in my life ends up somewhat backwards. I bought a car before I had a license. I sleep most of the day and stay up all night. I'm punished for a wrongdoing before I've done it and I eat cake for breakfast more often than I eat it for dessert. So it's no true surprise that I saw the cult classic film The Neverending Story years before I read the book.
Upon reading it, however, I immediately fell in love and set to work designing my next tattoo.
AURYN, the amulet of the Childlike Empress, is blessed with a powerful magic that protects its wearer from all harm. Having been through much in the five years since getting this piece, I can promise you the ink has done no such thing - but it's still been a small comfort to remember that love and protection encircle us even when we can't see or feel them.
In the novel, AURYN is described as an oval formed by a white snake with green eyes biting the tail of a black snake with red eyes. In the movie, AURYN is functionally a gold and bronze Celtic knot. Those of you who have experienced both versions know that the film is, at best, a loose adaptation of Michael Ende's novel. But I grew up with it and love it still, and so I decided to combine both descriptions. The end result: AURYN in the shape as it's known to movie audience, but formed by black and white snakes with colored eyes.
I didn't feel like pulling my pants down for a picture today (it's on my left hip, opposite the Dawn Treader), so this shot is from the day it was done. The artist, a friend-of-a-friend named Nate who worked independently of a studio, did it for a steal. He ended up doing two more pieces for me. But we're not there yet.
Bonus Shep Factoid: This was the first of my tattoos to have any color added.