As I mentioned in the last post, it’s been hot lately in Los Angeles. This means I am almost always wearing a shirt that shows off at least part of my swirly-stars tattoo over my right collarbone. People notice it and often ask me what the rest of it looks like, and it’s easy to show off.
That often leads to conversations about tattoos, or getting tattoos, or the other person’s ink, which is all to the good. One of the receptionists at our veterinerians’ office has a star tattoo that looks a lot like mine, so we were instant friends. 🙂
The other day, as we were checking out at the grocery store, the cashier noticed my stars and we got to talking about a tattoo she’s planning to get soon, that has a lot of personal meaning for her. She’s really looking forward to the experience. After we finished the conversation and walked on, my husband made the suggestion that it would be a good idea for me to have business cards with the URL of this place, so I could invite people to come have a look. He was right! That definitely falls into the category of “Why didn’t I think of that?”
I started designing cards, using a business-card-design app I’ve had for years, but after I’d messed around with it a while I realized that to do justice to a multicolored design I really should get the cards professionally printed on paper that’s better than you can buy at the office supply store.
Which leads me to tell you about a company called MOO. Ayear or so ago, they opened up a LiveJournal, and offered a free package of MiniCards to other LiveJournal writers. I took them up on that, getting a nifty design with my cat Caliban’s eyes on them. I still have a few of those left, because I like them so much I have been hoarding them. I thought the MiniCard size would be perfect to carry around in a pocket and hand out to fellow ink admirers, and when I discovered they had a beautiful multicolored design with a triskele in the center, I was sold. I also ordered a plastic keychain case to carry the cards in so they won’t get crunched up in my pocket or purse.
MOO is located in the UK, but they can now ship from within the USA as well (and if they’d for pity’s sake open up an office in Los Angeles I’d be first in line to apply for a job) so I should have the cards in hand next week. Can’t wait!
I wish this had dawned on me earlier, because my stars are a good conversation-starter and it’d be even better if someone with whom I’d been talking could come here and say hello. Onward and upward!
If you’d like to check out MOO for yourself, they offer a free sample pack of business cards. Go here and scroll down the page, you’ll see where to click. If you get some, you show me yours and I’ll show you mine. 🙂