Tod really liked this design because it both captured the idea of a thistle and a figure. It is the design he took to his tattoo artist, Vyvyn Lazonga, who's been doing tattoos in Seattle for almost four decades. She had to alter it slightly, but in the following photos you can see it is basically the same design.
This last picture needs some explanation. It was taken while Tod was attending Evergreen state college. Tod held a "pink dress" party which was lots of fun. The dress is of his own design and the wheel behind him is a roulette, which he was using to give gifts to the guests. I'm not sure about the man to left baring his chest. It was a pretty wild party.