This feels like I've lost a good friend. I've basically grown up with him reading his work way back in the old days of Gamespot. I'm repping hard with his "China Don't Care" shirt and breaking out the good pilsner glasses with a bunch of good beer. Cheers mate.
What are you getting? I too have kind of thought of getting a tattoo but I want to be COMPLETELY sure just like you. Something that a fellow artist said to me was to get some body markers and draw what you're thinking of getting on yourself, given you're not getting some crazy big, elaborate piece. If you have the desire to keep that drawn on, then you're committed to the idea of actually getting it for reals.