Back in 2003 I was knee deep in indy hip hop. Through a message board I frequented I found a soul that shared similar musical interests and actually lived near me well, an hour away. When we finally met I was uber nervous. What was he gonna think of me?
That first day we spent a few hours at my parents house watching tv. We laughed and had great conversation the entire time. Right away I though to myself, way outta my league. This would probably be the first and last time we hung out. Much to my surprise he wanted to see me again after that, to hang out, as friends of course! That became a routine, every weekend we would make plans to hang out. We’d listen to hip hop and drive, go to dinner and have amazing conversations, attend hip hop shows and laugh at all the backpack nerd kids.
It was the beginning of my Love and Hip Hop. His name was Shawn and he was living here from Florida. He had moved up here to be with a girl - when I met him he was fresh out of that relationship. Because we never placed a title on our “friendship” it was never an issue, we weren’t bound to one another, right?
2 months into our “friendship” he told me he was moving back to Florida. I was devastated. Everything I wanted in a boyfriend at my ripe 21 years of age was leaving me. We decided to ignore the elephant in the room and made the best of our summer. It was one of the greatest summers of my life.
I’ll spare you the details that occurred after that summer simply because this post may never end and my skin is turning into a prune (bathtub entry).
The first picture is of Shawn’s neck. It’s a verse from Atmosphere’s F*ck You Lucy. “You should get a tattoo that says Warning, that’s all just a warning. So the potential victim can take a left and save breath and avoid you sober and upset in the morning.” The bottom picture are my wrists. Pour Me Another is an Atmosphere song “Pour me another so I can remember how true I am to this addiction of you”.
After all was said and done we both have tattoos to show for one another.