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Skull and Flowers Tattoo

You know I love tattoos, and you know I keep adding to my collection, so it won’t be a surprise that I have a new one.

skull and flowers tattoo

Suzy Todd, at Two Birds Tattoo in Seattle, designed and inked this for me. The outline, leaves, and skull background were done in July. In August, I went back for the paisley and daffodils. The skull is on the side of my left thigh.

I wanted this design because I like the idea of Mexican sugar skulls and the Day of the Dead/All Saints’ Day celebrations. This is a bit like that, but different. I wanted pink and purple paisley to commemorate my Oma (her favorite colors and shapes) and daffodils to commemorate my grandma (her favorite flowers). I’m not sure my grandmothers were fans of tattoos, but surely they wouldn’t complain about the sentiment behind this one.

Speaking of tattoos, I recently went to the Seattle Tattoo Expo with my friend Amy. She’s shopping for an artist who can design a Japanese Maple and sleeping Buddha piece. We saw dozens and dozens of booths with artist from all around the world. A few stood out from the crowd:

The best portraits I’ve ever seen were by Ganso Galvão, an artist from Brazil. If you ever want a photorealistic grayscale or color portrait, it’s seriously worth the trip to South America for his stuff.

Rich White at Action Tattoo in Auburn, Washington, is an amazing portrait artist as well. I’ve never been interested in realistic pieces, but Ganso and Rich and making me change my mind.

Tribal Rites Tattoo in Fort Collins, Colorado had such creative designs and wonderful color. I loved the birds, moths, and other creatures they created.

Of course Suzy was there too–in fact, I saw her getting a tattoo. The tables were turned and she was a client. Two Birds had a booth too though.

All the artists were talented and creative, but Amy didn’t make a decision that day. She was there solely for research. She gathered business cards and looked through portfolios. Talking to the artists is important too; you have to like the style of the work and the person who will be using your body as a canvas.

A week after the expo, Amy booked an appointment with Eddie at Super Genius Tattoo. I’ll be sure to share the end result with you.

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Bumble Bee Tattoo

When I was about five years old, my mom and I went to the park one beautiful summer day. We played on the swings and jungle gym and then sat in the grass to relax before going home. While we sat there in shorts and t-shirts, legs extended, a giant bumble bee landed on my mom’s thigh.

She didn’t panic, but rather explained that bees are good. They pollinate flowers and make honey. This guy was just resting and wouldn’t sting her unless she angered him. Made sense. And growing up, I remembered that lesson and ignored bees when they came around. I didn’t hit them and they didn’t sting me. It was a perfect arrangement. After what seemed like forever, the bee did fly off, and we went about our day.

As an adult, I reminded my mom of that event and to my surprise she told me she was scared out of her mind that the bee had landed on her. She didn’t want to make a negative impression and give me a lifelong fear of bees so she remained calm. Funny, I’d been thinking of getting a bee tattooed on my thigh to remind me about my mom’s common sense that day and how I should also not be afraid of things. Now, the bee symbolizes a whole lot more. It’s also about keeping calm when things get scary. “Calmon sense” if you will.

beeThis past March, a bumble bee flew into my home. What she was doing outside on such a cold day is beyond me. I caught her in a glass, photographed her, and let her go. This, I felt, was a sign. Time to get the tattoo.

It took me another month or so to find an artist. I chose Suzy Todd from Two Birds Tattoo. I booked an appointment for early June. Suzy was fantastic. She drew a bee based on my bee photo and tattooed it on my thigh, exactly where the bee landed on my mom so many years ago. I’ve been waiting to show you. It’s ready now.

It’s a life-size bee tattoo, so it’s not very big. tattooPerhaps the size of a quarter. It’s a great reminder of what my mom taught me about nature (that it’s important), and what she kept to herself (that she was scared). Now, when I’m worried about something, or scared, I think of remaining calm in spite of my fears. I am reminded to live beyond my fear.

You’ll see the bee (in relation to the rest of my leg) in future outfit posts when I wear shorts or minis. The only problem now is that the bee is all alone. I think I might need to give her some tattoo flowers soon.

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Tattoo shopping: Black and Purple

Most of the year my tattoos are hidden by my clothing. Every now and then you might see part of one peeking out from my collar or sleeve. Summer is the best time to catch a glimpse of the work I’ve had done. I don’t “show off” my work, but it’s hard not to notice it in the summer. I got tattoos for me, not to get attention. I didn’t anticipate the attention and comments I’d receive. It’s all been positive, but I have to admit, it weirds me out.

I got a lot of my work done at Slave to the Needle in Seattle. All the artists there are really talented. The artist who did my work, Darcy Nutt, no longer lives in the area. She works at Chalice Tattoo in Boise, Idaho. If you want a tattoo and you live near Boise, go see her!

It’s time for another tattoo. I went to scout artists and locations with my friend, Amy. I have the design in my head but it’s not drawn yet, so no sneak peek. I have my appointment booked at Two Birds Tattoo. All I’ll show you today is what I wore to shop for a tattoo.

black pants

purple cardigan

zebra bag

Cowl-neck top: Ross Dress for Less
Cardigan: Nordstrom
Pants: Gap
Belt: Target
Purse: Walmart
Shoes: Dansko via Goodwill

By the way, if you’re looking for a tattoo, here are a couple of tips:

  • Find an artist to draw something for you. Picking flash off the wall is quick, but it’s not going to be unique.
  • Make sure you’re comfortable with the artist and the shop. Cleanliness and artistic talent are both top priority.
  • Choose a design that is timeless and meaningful to you. This will be with you for a lifetime.

Update: I got the tattoo. You can read the full post here.

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