Thanks, i'll keep it moist. I was also suprised he didn't wrap it or anything, but I think he also took me for a much tougher guy than I am, as if I didn't give a crap if it turned out well.
The tattoo wraps around the upper arm and is latin text for "The world is made of fire". Which could come off a little cliche, but it's significant. I was kind of down on my luck with a lot of things going pear shaped, and worst of all was creeping insomnia. I was averaging 1-2 hours sleep and maybe a light nap.
Since I was up more I went to the bookstore and was looking for a good read. It kind of struck me that about 2 years ago I was in the same situation and started training for MMA and everything reversed. So I grabbed "A fighter's heart".
About half way through the author quotes a soldier fighting in the great war (my tattoo quote) "Mundis Ex Igne Factus Est" and captures the idea that Life is born of struggle and striving, that true joy and understanding do not come from comfort and safety, they come from epiphany born in exaustion (and not exhaustion for its own sake) Safety and comfort are mortal dangers to the soul.
He goes on but it's all your pretty typical T-Nation dogma, and while reading I just had this weird little epiphany. That day a made a lot of hard decisions, mostly about college, and a job. The next day I started training for MMA again, it felt amazing. I go to champions gym in Bettendorf, Iowa. Militech Fighting Systems if anybody is a fight fan. Then I went and got this tattoo.
More then anyone wanted to know i'm sure.