I appreciate this question. Cultural appropriation is a serious issue in decor (and life in general). If it makes you uncomfortable to have someone's religious icons in your bathroom - listen to your gut. It is, in a lot of ways, cheapening something sacred and appropriating it for your own use. My (white) mother has toile wallpaper in a bathroom - and I know that every time I see the little caricatures of Asian people in there I get a little grossed out. But that's just my 2cents.
I'm currently doing a mural right now, and I'm using Behr interior paint. At first I didn't prime, but the parts I did prime are going on waayyyyy easier, so I think it's definitely something to consider doing. You can also just buy the white base and add your own pigments (a mural was just done in a campus resource center using that method and it turned out beautifully). Then you're not spending as much money on different colors and can blend your own.
I've been using the Mod Podge method, and love the reusability of it, but at least for me, fine lines are pretty inconsistent and require quite a bit of touching up. So I thought I'd give this a try. It was a pain to cut out the stencil but the results are great, although I wasn't thinking and messed up the lettering when I filled in the B and R with light blue. Oops.
as i await my first inking, i can't help but plan my next tattoo...and the one after that...and the one after that... i really like the idea of a pinup girl but i think that instead of getting a femme i want a pinup butch. y'know, short hair, ribbed tank top, cargo pants, hairy pits...she'd probably be tattooed herself! i might try to incorporate it into a craft-themed tattoo (like, she'd be holding needles with one hand and have a ball of yarn at her feet). but who knows, it will be a long time before i can afford a tattoo like that...
i've decided on my second tattoo before i even get my first! i've wanted something related to adoptee-ness, etc. at first i thought maybe a dictionary definition style tattoo with the word "homeland" or "exile". but then i thought about Korean characters. i'm planning on taking my surname as a middle name, so i'd just get my first name done in Hangul. and i want the Korean national flower, the mughunghwa, to be tattooed above it. it's a type of hibiscus, that is very resilient and is often likened to the nation in it's ability to survive in adverse conditions. this would all be centered on my back a few inches below my shoulders. i'm pretty excited about it, although i probably can't get it done until the summer.
liasun, i think that piratecore suggested the curvy pin-up girl because on a female body, it isn't necessarily about objectification, and i think very often is done with subversive intentions. i think a pin-up girl tattoo can in fact be a very empowering one in that it allows us to reclaim the iconography of "perfect femininity" and modify it to better represent our own realities. furthermore, i see tattooing a sexy woman on a female body as being a way of celebrating female sexuality. if you don't like the idea, that's fine, i just thought i'd jump in and defend folks who do have pin-up tattoos as not necessarily encouraging damaging objectification.
jimthewise, intergalacticj and cereza bomba - thank you! that's the idea, to be cute, that is!
haha. when i do drag i'm "bj mcdaddy" (it's a play on "aj mclean" of the backstreet boys)...my friends and like to perform together as a boy band. it's lots of fun!
EDIT - i can make this crafty! the night of my last performance, i needed to hem some new pants. so i'm in FULL DRAG (facial hair and all) sitting at my sewing machine with no pants on! my housemate walked in and burst into hysterical laughter. i even had my socks pulled up high and everything. hahaha.
a close friend of mine was killed in a hit-and-run six years ago this month. ever since his death i've wanted a shark tattoo (his last name is sharkey and he was beautiful and misunderstood) on my lower back in his honor. i think it's finally time to get it done! i'm going to be in SF for the month of January and there's a great place out there that's woman-owned and operated called Black and Blue. i've heard nothing but rave reviews. i found this image online and really liked it...so i'm thinking all black/shaded shark and shadow. i'll want the artist to redraw and refine it, of course, but i like the movement in this image. and it's a tiger shark, which is what i wanted. i'm also going to add the date, 12.18.01.