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My inspiration and experience with a foot tattoo

So I have been working with Jeana at Anchor Ink to create a memorial piece for my cousin Michelle, whom we lost in may, Let me share how the idea for the piece came about, then I'll share the experience of getting tattooed. So Michelle was learning how to tattoo from her husband David, and she was awesome in everything but had a particular niche for floral work, I had decided that a bouquet of rose's would look nice on my foot, I asked her about them and decided that it would be better done in the summer after my ... read more

My first time.

I remember about three years ago, I was sitting right where I am now, looking at tattoo designs. I had waited a year after becoming 18 before I started to think about my first tattoo, mostly because I decided to save getting a tattoo until I became more focused, and there's a lot of steam to blow off when you graduate. So, about a year passed, and I was thinking more seriously about getting a tattoo, and I started to really take it seriously. This was the first time that I really had put much thought into anything that I ... read more

Fly wristy, fly!

I'm going to admit it, it was spur of the moment. Well it would've been on the Saturday previous when the idea to get a swallow on my wrist popped into my head. But the tattooist I went to was busy so I couldn't get it done. Don't get me wrong, the idea of a swallow somewhere upon my person wasn't a new one, so it's not like I hadn't thought of the design before. But I'd been so preoccupied with another tattoo design that I'd never given it much thought. I wanted an old school swallow design so on ... read more

Rib Tattoo - an awesome experience, an awesome result.

A couple of days ago, I took the plunge to get my second tattoo. I had been umm-ing and ahh-ing about getting another tatt done for an entire year after getting my first, so when I walked past Wildside Tattoo Studio on Adelaide St, Brisbane I decided that that was the moment to get it done. My first tattoo was a black outline of a fish hook in probably the most cliched spot ever for a girl - the hip. Gotta start somewhere, right? This time, I wanted to get something with a little more detail and definitely some colour. ... read more

My First Tattoo

I have spent the last year or so trying to plan out, and find pictures for my first tattoo. I had a number of different idea's in mind, and after sitting with a few friends whilst they got their tattoo's done at The Tatt Shop in Perth, I decided that was where I would get mine done. The Tatt Shop in Perth has walls absolutely covered with amazing imagery, and one big shelf packed with awards encompassing the reception area. It was an impressive sight. At first I decided on a design to go from hip to hip across my ... read more

My 1st (wrist) tattoo experience

I can honestly say I thought long & hard for about 2 months solid before I got my first tattoo. One of the things that made this so interesting & exciting for me is the fact that getting one was rather out of character to me! That does not mean to say I had a preconception that only a certain 'type' of person would get a tattoo, it's just with my being so 'goody goody' most of the time, this feels like it adds a little bit of an edge to me. Up until not very long ago I could ... read more

Liza Corbett's Girl and Mirrors

When I first saw one of Liza Corbett's pieces, I was smitten. Almost instantaneously, I decided that I wanted her print of "Girl and Mirrors" to be a part of my body permanently. The illustration is so poignant and moving; to me, it is a visual representation of my struggle with body image and self acceptance. I love how the girl is being reflected in the hanging mirrors, but she gets to make the final decision of her own appearance by holding a small mirror behind her back. It was very important to me that I did not plagiarize another ... read more

Let Your Darker Side Give In...

I've waited the two years since getting my first tattoo to finally submit the experience. I've held off on writing it for many reasons and do so now with great hesitation. One should realize that while I don't come from an extremely uptight or religious family I happen to be rather concerned at the impression that I give those who are part of it. At the time that I had gotten the tattoo done I was struggling to become the person I had always been inside without taking other's judgment to heart. As I'm sure you're suspecting already, with only ... read more

In Nomini Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti

"In Nomini Patri, Et Fili, Spiritus Sancti"... to every religious person or vigilante out there, these words are instantly recognizable. I'll never forget the first time I saw the Boondock Saints. At the end of the movie, I turned to my friend and said, "DUDE. Can we do this?!" He's been calling me VJ (Vigilante Justice) since then. I'm not (noticeably) Irish or religious, but that phrase, to me, means what all of my tattoos have meant: I DO WHAT I DO. Or specifically, in this case, I am my own father, son and Holy Ghost, and no law is ... read more

Hip/Side/Back feathers

This is the story of my third tattoo, and so far, my biggest. I started off with a pretty big one on my spine,an Arabic design that says "Life is to live & struggle for your beliefs", and my second is an exclamation mark on my hip bones. After each of my previous tattoos I couldn't wait for another and I knew I wanted something big. I had decided on the placement before I decided on the design. It would start on my left hip and go up my stomach and around my back. I can't remember why I chose ... read more

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