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Avenged Sevenfold Deathbat -- First Tattoo



My story:
I've wanted a deathbat of some sort since I was 12. I've been a fan of Avenged Sevenfold for.. Well, I think since I was about 10. I'm not sure, but when I got into them most I was with my first real boyfriend. We fell for their music together, and went to our first concert to see them together(even though he dumped me like a week before that, life'sironyyouassholetrololol situation there.) After we broke up, it was a while before I could listen to them, but I did. That summer, I moved from my hometown and every single thing I knew away to Crossville. I'd never been away from my dad before that, I'd never ever lived in a different house, I'd never had to box my stuff up, I'd never moved my room around, I'd never had a bed different than my waterbed.. And, well, I'd never had my own bathroom before. But, they got me through that summer. When school started, they were all I had on the hour and a half bus rides to school and back every day, when I didn't know anyone. I put my earbuds in, and I was okay.
And then, that winter, The Rev, their drummer, died. It took a while for it to sink in, but when it did, it was like a kick to the stomach. The summer after that, their Nightmare album came out. I remember counting down the days with all of my best friends that I got into Avenged Sevenfold. My friend Beth and I stayed over at her house all the time, blasting their new album that summer. We stalked them online and had amazing times, and a few tears. They also got me through the worst heartbreak I've ever had that summer.
Then, last January, I got to see them live with one of my best friends in Knoxville. It was one of the best nights of my life. Avenged Sevenfold has been for me since I was a teeny bopper.. And, well, I only have a little more than a year before I'm a legal adult.

The lyrics are from A7x's song Bat Country, dedicated to Hunter S. Thompson -- the quote is his as well. I know we all have those moments where we feel alone in the world and such -- I'm infamous for them -- but this one is the only quote I think I have ever felt so close to.

The story behind naming him(though mom and my artist nearly verbally assaulted me trying to get a pink bow -- screw that) is kind of funny. The setup/tour crew for Avenged often had injuries acquired from putting up the metal deathbat(I'm assuming the sharp points on the wings), so they named if Fluffy because they're ironic dorks like that. And, well, pardon my language, but the wings hurt like a motherfucker. Shading was nothing, but that outlining near my shoulder blades was awful.

SO. Yeah. I'm so happy with it. It's my pride and joy. <3

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Date Taken
Dec 3, 2011, 9:00:37 PM
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AndieVonDrachenberg's avatar
looks nice :) i have two avenged sevenfold tattoos too. they're just awesome :)