See the big ass smile on my face in the pictures above? That smile always surfaces when I am in my favorite place in Japan. I love Disneysea. Whenever I head to Disneysea, I dream. I dream of creating a better life for my kids. I dream of leaving a legacy for them. I dream of creating a legacy so big, that I'll live forever, at least in the hearts and minds of the people that I've touched along my journey. That is my dream.
I have always been a dreamer and a go-getter. I don't like thinking. If I feel strongly for something, my body automatically moves towards that direction and I go all out to get it. That's the way I live my life. In fact, that's how I got my first tattoo. I was on a trip to Bangkok with two of my close friends. We were walking along Khao San Road and one of my friends, Colin, bumped into his friend, who happened to be a tattoo artist there. Colin introduced me to his friend and I felt like getting a tattoo at that point, so I did. It was a tattoo of two skulls. I got it on my left arm. When I got home from that trip, my father laughed when he saw it. He said that it looked ridiculous and sent me off to my Uncle who owns a tattoo parlor and I got a few more done on my left arm.
Fast forward 14 years, I now live in Japan. I have tattoos on my right arm, stomach, chest, groin and a sleeve on my left arm. I still want more. It's an addiction. Living in Japan with tattoos is a little bit of a pain. It's definitely more painful than getting a tattoo done.
In Japan, I'm not allowed into a gym. I'm not allowed into a water park. I can't visit a public hot spring. I can't go to a swimming pool. Hell, last summer, I went to the beach and there were signs saying, "No Tattoos". I will never be able to enjoy everything that Japan has to offer. So, if you're thinking about getting a tattoo and would like to move to Japan, I would highly recommend that you take a step back, weigh out your pros and cons, then make your decision.
Many people have asked me if it's okay to visit Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disneysea with exposed tattoos. Thankfully, the answer is yes. I've entered both parks with my tattoos showing many times and I've not been stopped once. The cast members always welcome me with smiles on their faces, just like how they welcome everyone else. It's a beautiful thing. It makes me feel like I'm a "normal" human being. Thank you, Tokyo Disney, for accepting my ink. That acceptance allows me to share my passion through this site. It allows me to keep on dreaming. To all my inked up brothers and sisters around the world, "Welcome to this happy place."