This week at Shawn's Archery, there was much checking out of armguards and finger tabs. Some of us were feeling the burn and bites from bowstrings.
Callouses are something to be proud of, for sure. I have ones on my left hand from archery and ones on my right from ukelele. You can't really recreate that Jaws scene, though. You know the one, where they drunkenly, masculinely compare scars. Because my callouses are pretty much like your callouses, I'm sure. So, if one of those wee finger tabs cushions your digits better, you'll get used to the weird way it feels. I guess they do feel all floppy and awkward at first. A very popular model with the folks in class runs about $50 which blows my mind because a little cheapy tab is, like, $3 but then I'm a little cheapie.
A purply bruise is quite the showpiece, absolutely. It won't last, though. You probably aren't going to get a really flashy one from doing archery anyway. You can, however, rock a very fancy armguard, as modelled above by Howard. He got his from a leathercrafter on Ebay and my pic does no justice to the fine detail.
Rob got a few welts even with his armguard but you see, if he had a gorgeous one, he'd have two things to show off. Which is his cue to rib me about the half-done one I started to make him, oh, maybe two years ago.