Sometimes you need a little – sometimes you need a lot.

Back in January 2001 I was in Phoenix Arizona and I needed a lot. I met an angel there and we were reborn, rising up together through the ashes.  I believe that Shannon and I knew each other from another time, that we have come together again in this time, and will find each other again in the future.

To celebrate our re-connection I took Shannon to get a Tattoo of an infinity on her birthday of that same year. I got the same one – mine rides along on my strong arm – my left. Hers sits on her back. The infinity is our symbol, a representation of our knowing each other through time, of our connection, of life that does not end.

Since then we have often discussed getting a Phoenix tattoo and we have always made it a point to look for Phoenix symbols that we liked for the purpose. We’ve found many visual representations of the Phoenix that we’ve enjoyed but none that ever seemed quite right.

Friday night, May 18, 2007 we were driving over to South Beach in Miami when Shannon said…

“We should go get our Phoenix Tattoos.”

She happened to have her laptop in the car (god I love her) and she was connected to the Internet so she started looking up images of the Phoenix. The first page she brought up under a keyword search of “Phoenix Tattoo” found this one that we hadn’t seen before:

Phoenix Tattoo By 0Bsessi0N-1
We both immediately knew it was the one we had been searching for.

Where to go for the ink?

Miami Beach has no shortage of overpriced Tattoo parlors and good artists to go along with those prices. We decided we’d try Miami Ink just for fun, and as you might expect, they were very busy (with T.V. fame and all). None of the artists we’ve gotten to know from the T.V. show were present either. Most importantly the guy at the counter just had a really bad vibe. In other parlance, he was rude. It seemed obvious that to get a Tattoo here was all about being part of a T.V. show and had little to do with the experience we were enjoying. We had passed a place on the way to Miami Ink called The Mosh Pit that does tattoos. We liked the name and headed back there.

We were walking along and just one store away from The Mosh Pit when Salvation appeared – Salvation Tattoo Lounge that is. It seemed appropriate.

Needless to say we got our Phoenix Tattoos there. Sharky, a Tattoo artist for over 20 years performed the work. He’s from the Village originally and has been down in South Florida for a few years. He seemed competent and we liked him so it was off to the races.

I went first, putting the Phoenix on my right arm. Shannon followed with her vision of weaving the tail of the Phoenix into her existing infinity.

There you have it. It was a magical evening where we shared a great time on South Beach, a wonderful dinner at Perricone’s (run there don’t walk) and before that a fantastic time looking at Triumphs and Ducati motorbikes, which we’re hoping is in our near future (Ducati S2R800 specifically).

Another Ducati pic

And the paint gleamed in the light and it was red gloss fuck me Ducati red. The lines impeccable – the design sublime, timeless, with a racer’s heart going BOOM BOOM BOOM between your legs as you crank up the engine and leave your worries behind.

The Ducati Multistrada

This is the model that I have my eyes on for Shannon and I. There are other Ducati’s I would buy from a looks standpoint, but this one makes for a versatile tourer and two-up machine that would take us comfortably over highway, bi-way, and dirt track. Nothing too adventurous off road mind you – this is a bike that leans more to the blacktop than the dirt, but it can handle the light stuff just fine. The Multistrada won Cycle Words ‘best sports tourer’ for 2005.

The Ducati Multistrada

“Cycle World Magazine, the world’s largest circulating monthly motorcycle publication, awarded the Ducati Multistrada 1000S with one of their prestigious “Ten Best Bikes” awards this month. The editors voted the Multistrada the best Sport-Touring bike of 2005, citing it as the perfect combination of high-performance sport riding with the comfort and accessories of a capable distance bike.

The Cycle World “Ten Best” awards have been a staple in the motorcycle industry for the past 30 years and Ducati is honored to have the Multistrada included with such landmark motorcycles as the Ducati 916, Supersport 900, and Monster 900, all previous “Ten Best” award winners. Considering that for 2005 there are over 500 competing motorcycles from 36 manufacturers, this award is coveted among OEMs.

The improvements made on the 2005 Multistrada line, including the award winning 1000S version, impressed the Cycle World editors. “While revisiting the drawing
board, Ducati created the 1000S, an even sportier Multistrada with race-quality Ohlins suspension, carbon-fiber front fender, and an attractive tapered handlebar,”
said Cycle World editors.”