Nonetheless, I designed this tattoo—The Big C with an X over it—to honor the people who helped me through it. Doctors Kumar, Hu, Mendelsohn, Wong and Chin who fixed me up; LaVonne and Lou from Yucaipa (a.k.a. the other Lou) who shuttled me and my van to Los Angeles; and my former wife—but still dear friend—Ceebs for giving me a place to stay, for feeding me, for driving me to appointments and treatments, and for asking medical questions that never occurred to me.
The tattoo is also for my best friend Lou who is going through his own struggle with cancer—and other health issues. Down with cancer, man.
And thank you Mando at Independent Ink in Silver City NM for your fine craftsmanship.