It's taken me a couple of years to finish my arms and a big chest piece. I'm slowly working on my belly and legs. Mostly traditional American -- I used to blog about traditional American tattooing at some length. When I decided to completely cover my arms, I was working at a very conservative civil defense (law) firm. I left shortly thereafter because it occurred to me that there was no way I could go through life giving a shit about what people like that thought of me. That was over two years ago. Leaving civil defense practice and moving into criminal defense was the best move I've ever made. It's worked out brilliantly. I've had a good run in the trial division of our state's busiest public defender office. I hang my own shingle on Monday, and am likely to have more work than I can handle. People's tattoos obviously give some insight into their characters. Other people's reactions to tattoos are just as instructive. When I see or hear someone passing judgment on some aspect of someone else's appearance, I firmly believe I learn more about the judger than I do the judged.