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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

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

Just a Signature

I'll get this out now: my father is dead. He passed away in March of this year due to liver failure complications. I heard a saying once that, "parents will always mess up their children," and I unfortunately have to agree. Growing up with an abusive alcoholic father for twenty years isn't easy, and I'm sure it wasn't my mother's first choice in terms of father figures. However, we managed; I managed. And no one discussed the matter until it was too late for him. As a teenager I became interested in piercings, stretched piercings, and tattoos. When sixteen hit ... read more

First Tattoo

So I had been toying with the idea of getting a tattoo for a while. I had religiously began watching shows such as Miami Ink, and while I admit they played a big part in inspiring me/egging me on, I definitely was definitely set on getting a tattoo even before that. For my first tattoo, i wanted to keep it simple. I wanted to get something that was meaningful to me, but at the same time, something small and uncomplicated to keep my first tat simple. I have been deeply involved with music all my life, and it is definitely ... read more

Egyptian sleeve progress

So I decided to continue on my black and gray Egyptian themed sleeve. My new addition would be an outline type portrait of King Tut. I was really excited to get this tattoo as I already had two nice sized pieces on my arm. This would just add to the overall coverage on my arm and I was pumped as you might be able to imagine. Alright, let's start this story. It was the morning of my appointment and I was as excited as I could be. Having many a tattoo, I have grown accustomed to the process and flow ... read more

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