From Pencil to Ink

Anyone who knows me, knows that I have a love for tattoos. Not just any tattoo, they must have meaning. I love hearing the stories behind each tattoo as I meet people with them. I’ve lately talked to J that I would love to do a little artistic study. I would love to go out, talk to people on the street and chart their stories behind the art they carry with them every day. To break the stereotype of “those with tattoos”. Make a little coffee table book, and just go out and learn.

Each of my tattoos has a story, a very significant meaning to each of them. It took me 8 years to get my first tattoo, and it is still one of my most special yet.  It is one that will be added to as the years go on, unfortunately.  It is a stylized set of angel wings, halo, and stars for my family that have passed away.  I designed it with the intent of adding stars and making a galaxy of my loved ones always watching over me.  The openings in heaven where I can see and visit those I have loved and lost.

After that, I wasn’t sure if or when I would get another.  But as they say about tattoos, once you get one – you can’t just stop there.  The first tattoo was 5 years, and four tattoos ago.  In fact, I just recently added my fourth!  Again, one that I have been wanting and working on for a little while.  One I designed the basic idea of, and a very fitting quote that goes along with it.  My tattoo artist did an amazing job with finalizing the design, and is a true artist.  It is an arrow with beautiful feathers, and a ribbon entwined around the arrow.  This tattoo represents my journey in my career, and as a woman in a male-dominate field, the quote fit perfectly.  The quote added is a favorite from Miss Marilyn Monroe:

I don’t mind living in a man’s world as long as I can be a woman in it.

I can tell you this is not my last tattoo.  I already have another designed, it is just a matter of the right time for it.

And now I want to hear the story of your tattoos!  Ready….go!

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