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Because "I Still Love You"

My tattoos are souvenirs, some from places I've been and some from times in my life. Every single one has a meaning, some of which are easy to explain and understand, and others which are deeper, and only truly understandable by me. So when I found out I was going to be traveling to San Francisco to visit my older sister in March, I knew it was time to get tattooed. I chose an artist, Clifton Carter, who works out of Ed Hardy's Tattoo City in the North Beach area of San Francisco. I had browsed probably 20 different portfolios ... read more

Adding on - outline

I already had a tattoo on my upper back of three roses (my first tattoo), and I felt like they just sat there. So, I wanted to get plenty added on. Plus, no one in my family or out of my friend's have a back piece, and I like to be unique. Patrick was my previous artist, and I felt like he needed to be the one to add things on. I knew I wanted vine work and more rose buds. And when I got the first part done, I had wanted to add some script but didn't know what ... read more

a bad experience with an amazing result

So, rewind. Take a step back. I'm three years old hitting on pots and pans and pretending they're drums and I'm in a parade. I'm the main act, and I'm amazing. Take a step forward, and I want to be a rock star, and I go around singing everything. Now I'm seven, and I pick up my first actual musical instrument- a guitar. Not to say I was good, but I fell in love. Then I'm ten, excelling at playing the recorder. Another step, and I'm twelve, my first year of middle school, and I find the clarinet. Then the ... read more

What better place than China to get a tattoo

Well, like most people here, I had been thinking of getting a tattoo for years before I got one. I'm normally in London and there's a hell of a lot of interesting tattoos about (on people, that is) as well as a hell of a lotta nice tattoo shops (Lal Hardy comes to mind as one of the best). I decided I wanted a tattoo as well but I had no idea what I wanted. The main consideration for me was whether a tattoo should mean something or should just look pretty for its own sake. Moving on, 3 years ... read more

The apprentice and the Yellow Submarine

It all started one day at work. My good friend Tia (who I work with) had found out that I had recently started my tattoo apprenticeship under Nathan Chapman at Bzzt! Tattoos. Now Tia is a pretty big fan of The Beatles, and by pretty big I mean extremely huge fan, but I was still skeptical when she told me her idea. "Kelsey" she said "we've been friends for a long time and you are the only person I would be comfortable with doing this tattoo...I want you to tattoo the yellow submarine on my butt." Wow, now there's something ... read more

Thanks for the memories...

About a year ago, I moved halfway across the country for school. This move marked the first time I had ever been away from home (my family) for more than a month. I was excited and scared and everything in between to get on with this new adventure in my life. I knew that I would be lonely (because while a few of my friends were moving to my state...they were still 4 hours away in Houston), so I decided to get a puppy. A friend from Dallas, still 4 hours away, happened to have some miniature dachshund puppies available, ... read more

Ouroboros - My first tattoo.

So, recently I was vacationing in Portugal, it was the 4th year we had visited there, and every time I visit, I get a mod to come home with! The mods that I've got over there in the past have been piercings, but this year, I wanted something totally different. I've been thinking of getting inked for a while, but over here in Britain the legal age requirement is 18, or you can get it done in an unclean, dirty, unprofessional place where they don't give a damn. Lucky for me, the age in portugal is 16! So I decided ... read more

My Very First Tattoo!!

Wow this was a crazy experience. A while back when I turned 21 I wanted a tattoo then, chickened out though. Now I was just waiting for the right moment. I mean money was an issue, and I do have to say I was a little scared about what it would feel like. I've gotten so many different people telling me so many experiences they had, so I didn't know who if anyone of them I should listen to. In the end, I listened to myself, and just went. Yesterday I walked into the tattoo shop and was just asking ... read more

My Back-piece. A tattoo that really means something to me.

There was a time when I weighed 305 pounds. This really wasn't, when put into perspective of how many years I have lived, that long ago.... Just 2 and a half years. I now weigh 160 pounds. Anybody, looking at me now, would never suspect it unless they knew me before. I was miserable at that weight, and terribly unhealthy. I had to do something. So, after a great deal of thought, I decided to go under the knife. I had a Gastric Bypass procedure. This is really not the place to debate the Pros and Cons of this controversial ... read more

Finally

My tattoo has been a long thought out process which has probably taken about 10 years to finally come to fruition. The first dilemma was that I didn't think that I was the type of person that had have mod's done (something I got over that about 12 months ago by getting my hood pierced and followed that with my nose). The second dilemma was what to have tattooed. I have thought about this for what felt like forever and just could not come up with anything. I didn't want something that somebody else had. It had to be meaningful ... read more

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