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Twinkle Twinkle

This story takes place in 2000 and is a tale of a decision I would take again every day for the rest of my life. Well, I had just turned 21, decided on the image and the placement, all I needed was the opportunity for my first tattoo – an elaborate five pointed star (who knew all those years ago just how popular they would become!). Even though at that time I lived about 5 minutes from Camden Town, the tattoo capital of the UK, I waited until I went to stay with my best mate in Bournemouth. The night ... read more

Ne m'oubliez pas...forget-me-not

So I've wanted to get a tattoo for a long time, but unlike the majority of my peers I didn't rush into a tattoo place on my eighteenth birthday. I knew that I should wait to be absolutely sure it's something I wanted and that I had the money to spare. I've tossed a bunch of ideas around, but it wasn't until a few months ago that I had narrowed it down to two designs. I wanted either a celtic heart knot or a forget-me-not. Both have a significant meaning to me, and I knew that I could confidently get ... read more

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

The next step to becoming the "Crazy cat lady"

I have written multiple experiences for BME over the years, and many of you know me from the IAM community. You probably know that I'm not actually 35, and please understand my womanly need not to tell my age to everyone I meet. I am legally an adult and feel older and more "crazy cat lady"-like every birthday that passes me by. I have proved my obsession with cats in many ways, the most obvious ones being my house-hold of 4 cats and two of my cats being tattooed on my upper left arm. This latest tattoo just pushes me ... read more

From celtic to water color - first tattoo

I recently got my first tattoo. It currently resides on the outside of my thigh and takes up that entire canvas. The image that I finally settled on with my artist was that of a Japanese cherry blossom tree - black and gray with red blossoms. But getting there was more of a journey than lying on the table and getting the ink set. I thought of the tattoo of a tree of life 4 years ago after numerous friends of mine died. The symbolism of the roots and branches connecting was comforting to me when I was sad that ... read more

Birds of A Feather

Birds of A Feather My infatuation with Body Modification began very early. Seeing as how I'm twenty-two, I would say I was about seven or eight when I first noticed that I liked how these looked on people. The idea of getting a tattoo had always intrigued me but scared my mom a little. My dad only had one tattoo and never got another one. He got his when he was a soldier in the US Army... and drunk. He got a bee with his nickname on his left shoulder. I loved it and always was curious about the process. ... read more

A Really Great Tattoo Experience

I just got my tat covered up, and had was basically amounts to my first tattoo. The original was 'In Ardua Petit,' my family motto, and was just plain text about the size of a couple of quarters. It took twenty minutes, and six months later it looked like crap. The place I got it done was in my hometown, and has since gone out of business (a good thing, I say – the guy was a bad artist and it was my own stupid fault for going there and getting such a bad tat). So now, three years later, ... read more

Ziggy stardust and my new buddha tattoo

I want to tell you a story of my latest tattoo and the peace it has bought me in my day to day life. My love for buddhist images and statues began as early as I can remember. As a child and still to this day I have found a strange peace and calm over come me at the sight of buddha statues, and I surrounded myself with these images and seek them out at every chance. Something about the calmness in their features and postures changed my mood instantly. Early in life I was also drawn to many forms ... read more

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