I am obsessed with tattoos, so I figured a good way to get stories (and photos!) out of people would be to share my own, and then start a meme, of sorts. I don't really know who to tag, though, as I am not sure which of my readers have tattoos, so if you have any tattoos, consider yourself tagged! You have to publish a post about your tattoos and then leave me a comment telling me about it so I can come and read it!
Okay, here are mine:
This is the first one I ever got, at 18 years old. I designed it myself, from scratch. It represents me (the outer lizard) and my dear friend and first love who killed himself when I was 16 and he was 20. I got it in Janesville, WI at a tattoo shop whose name is escaping me right now.
This is the second one I got and I think I was 21? It covers just over half of my upper right arm. The idea came from a photo my good friend at the time cut out of a magazine and gave to me. It was really random that she just saw it and wanted me to have. There was no caption or anything with it. I don't know where it came from or who she is (and yes, everyone asks me what goddess she is. I don't know.) The picture really spoke to me for some reason. I was going through a wierd rough time in my life and getting this tattoo was an act of strength for me. I got it at Rogue's Gallery in Menomonie, WI by an artist named Taki. I had adored his work on other people and thought he would be perfect, which he was. His style is more Japanese anime so I had to steer him away from making the woman look like, well, an anime goddess, but it worked out. He did the black and white in one sitting and the color in another. I never wanted color in my tattoos, but the earth behind her head sort of needed some color. I have pictures of it somewhere without the color and i am not sure which way I like it more!
This is a decent sized one on my lower back. I don't remember the age I got this one, maybe 22? I got the idea from a picture off a flyer for something. I ended up using the same outline but changed the swirls in it to snakes instead of just regular swirls. This one hurt ALOT. When I went in to have it touched up he basically re-tattooed the whole thing to keep the color really dark and even. The same guy who did the one above did this one. It was another strength thing. I love how powerful it looks and I feel like it lends me strength. It played a roll in the births of both of my daughters, actually. Thinking about it as a visual reminder (of sorts, since I can't really see it!) of my strength. There is a cool black and white of me in labor with Iris that is taken of me from the back and it's a good shot of this piece.
This is my most recent piece. I got it by the same artist who did the second and third. I got the idea a book about the Celtic Lunar Zodiac and it represents my sign. If you want to read all about it (and see the original photo!), go here. It is on my left upper arm, matching in size to the one on my right arm. I love this piece. It's a bit dark and creepy for my taste, but I sort of like that about it! Most people who see it look closely and then go "oh! There's a woman in the tree!" so that's kind of fun. I got it the summer before I moved to Seattle, so that would be six years ago this summer. Wow!
I'm dying to get more work done. I want something for Iris on my right forearm and something for Eloise on my left. I have an idea about Iris' but nothing has come to mind for Eloise, yet. Since I can't really get anything done until I'm done breastfeeding (and then there's the whole issue of paying for it . . . ) it will be a while!
So, that's my story! I look forward to reading your stories and seeing your pictures!