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My Miro sleeve

Tattoos have always fascinated me. Both of my parents have a few tattoos of their own, so being that I grew up around them they were fairly normal to me. I got my first piece when I was 15 and haven't stopped yet. But, having said that, I'm also quite careful and put much consideration into what I get. I have to sit on a design idea for some time before I convince myself that I truly want it. That's why I lusted and longed for my Miro sleeve for 6 years before I allowed myself to finally take the leap and make my fantasy into reality.

My idea for a Miro piece originally crept into my mind while flipping through a book of his paintings for the first time. I was in awe of his work, especially his 'constellation' series. The colors, balance, and mood of his paintings are just enthralling and a primal urge immediately overcame me to see his art transformed into ink within my skin.

When I couldn't hold back the urge anymore, I knew who to take the idea to...that was the easy part. Danise Wolfe did my seams tattoo and I find her to be an amazing artist and person and have nothing but the highest respect for her. The difficult part was convincing my husband, who's not modified in any way but certainly sympathetic, that the price tag for this sleeve was worth it. I had to promise him this would be my only extravagant expense for the next two years before he agreed to it but it's beyond worth it, I think.

I brought Danise a picture of Miro's painting, 'The Poetess,' and I was delighted to find her just as excited about the piece as I. She took measurements of my left arm and we mulled over what my vision/hopes for this tattoo were. I wanted a pretty accurate adaptation of the painting, meaning that I didn't want to loose the space and 'feel' of the original art yet I wanted to allow her to add her artistic additions as well in able to make the piece fit well on my arm.

Three weeks later when I returned to take a peek at what Danise has created, I was so pleased I was at a loss for words. It was beautiful and exactly what I had envisioned. She figured it would take approximately twenty to twenty-five hours to complete it in four hour session appointments. I could only afford to come in once a month, so the sleeve ended up taking 6 months to complete.

The first four sessions she laid down the outline, making minor adjustments to the stencil here and there when needed. Luckily for her clients Danise is a bit of a perfectionist, so the design had to be exactly so before she'd put in the ink. It was amazing to watch my sleeve evolve, to watch her work. I felt changed after each session. Getting sleeved was an empowering stance to myself and others. It has helped me express myself in a society that's not always easy to do so. It helped me say to the world, 'This is who I am. Take it or leave it.'

The last two sessions were devoted to filling in the black work and coloring. The coloring went by much quicker then the outline being that the design is mostly line work. Danise has an awesome 'bedside' manner, she goes out her way to make sure you're comfortable, so the hours of getting inked would fly by and I'd actually find myself drifting off to sleep sometimes. Yes, sleep. Some may think this odd, but I find the sensation of getting tattooed quite relaxing.

Many people have asked me about the pain involved. Well, I'd be lying if I said that my elbow or the ditch were a piece of cake, but honestly, pain is relative and easily forgetful. I often wonder if my tattoos would be as meaningful to me if they weren't painful in some aspect.

The piece is now complete and it continues to amuse and enthrall me everyday. It truly is a dream come true for me. Sometimes I still can't believe this is my arm, my tattoo.. I've gotten nothing but amazing reactions so far from people; complete strangers have approached me, their eyes boggling, just to take a closer peek. I feel honored and humbled to represent the art of tattooing.

Next month I hope to enter my Miro in contest at the Inkin on Lincoln tattoo convention in Chicago. This will be my first tattoo convention I've ever attended. Even if I don't place, I think it should be very cool to meet other like minds and be lots of fun. I can't wait!


submitted by: Anonymous
on: 15 Aug. 2005
in Tattoos

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Artist: Danise+Wolfe
Studio: Lucky+7
Location: Libertyville%2C+IL

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