My Tattoo Story – Part 2

Hello everyone. In Part One of this series we successfully covered the stories behind my 1st 3rd and 12th tattoos.
If we move along, the next tattoo I had is again now part of a bigger tattoo done over a long period of time. The tattoo is made up of my 2nd 4th and 13th tattoos and today it look like this

Tattoo number 2

Tattoos number 2 and 4 before the cover-up

This is actually no longer visible on my current tattoo. I got this tattoo about 6 months after my first one, and was done again by Mike Price. At that point in my life I was unknowingly suffering from depression, and this has a bearing on the circumstances in which I got my second tattoo and my subsequent feelings about it.

I wanted at the time to get a Celtic band design ( a girl I worked with at the time asked me if a Celtic band was a style of music….. err…..nope!!). However when I looked at what Mike had available in my price range on the day, I simply could not afford anything I liked. Today my sensible adult self would say, OK,  I could start on a design I like and have it finished at a later date, but that day I was badly hung over and  in a very ‘I don’t give a toss’ frame of mind, so I randomly picked a design and said “I’ll have that”. The design I chose was a Phoenix.

Some might say the subject choice was quite me, and I can’t disagree, however it was a very brightly coloured tattoo, rather ‘old school’ and from day one I hated it.   The picture above is the only one I have of it (  along with tattoo number 4 ) and was taken just before the cover up, just so I would have a reminder of what  I was covering.

Tattoo number 4

This was done a year after my dream catcher tattoo. Again we were on holiday in Looe, Cornwall, so I took a visit back to East Looe Tattoo’s. This design is one I had pictured in my head for several years, although I had always wanted it as a much larger design on my upper leg. I believed at the time that I was far too fat to have a leg tattoo, and so I settled for another arm one.

My Ex husband did not complain too much about this one, although he wasnt completely happy with me gettimg it.
What he complained very vocally about was the other tiny tattoo I had done at the same time (number 5, to be covered in part 3 of this series). I have always loved both these tattoos as they were a small symbol of my growing defiance against my bully husband, so when I decided to get a cover up I wanted to save this one.

Tattoo number 13

My 13th tattoo was started in  November 2010 and is to date my biggest and most expensive completed tattoo (I am currently working on a mich bigger piece on my back, but it is a long way from completion).

It was done over 8 sittings of between 1 and 1.5 hours each and in total cost me in excess of £450. It was worth it though. Lillys are my favourite flowers, and my brief to Phil at Hannya Tattoo when I went for the cover up was simple. I wanted a lily to cover up the Phoenix as they have always been one of my favourite flowers. I had an image in my head of a small cover up, but Phil explained that the Phoenix would not be easy to cover, so a larger piece would be required. I trust Phil’s expertise and so let him go ahead with what he had in mind. This tattoo is different to all my others as it is a newer style of tattoo. It does not have outlines drawn in black, but is more similar to a painting with layers of colour put down from palest pink to dark red and so is far more lifelike. In each initial sitting I had a single lily added to my arm.


As you can see I did not have my beloved Indian band covered up, but instead let it lie above the bunch of lillys. Once the four main lillys were complete it took another 4 sittings to put in the dark foliage which covered up the Phoenix and then the finer details such as the half opened lillys. it is a work of art. My favourite tattoo and one that gets compliments where ever I go.
So that’s another three tattoo’s covered. I realised while writing part 2, that although I currently have 11 tattoo’s, my tattoo history actually covers 15 tattoo’s if I include cover ups and joined tattoo’s. I also realise the only two tattoo’s I’ve had done that I did not like, or that went wrong, were done  without much thought during bad periods in my life.
But like my tattoo’s my life is repaired and beautiful now. I hope you are enjoying this ‘mini series’ of posts, and I look forward to telling you about more of them in part 3.

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  1. mumisthewordblog

    December 17, 2015 at 11:01 am

    I believe that tattoos are definitely art and those lilies are lovely. I love the colour, I only have black tattoos #ABitOfEverything

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      December 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm

      For many years I only did black and white, but coloured tattoos have progressed so much in the last 10 years, and I love colour now xx

  2. Sara Handy Herbs

    December 16, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Wow! The lillies are lovely – so beautifully done. I only have 2 small ones as I am a bit of a wimp! #abitofeverything

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      December 17, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Im the same, thats why each one takes so long to finish xx

  3. wendy

    December 15, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    I love the lillies. I have 3 tattoos each taking no more than 2 hours to do. There is no way I could go for anything big or I would probably pass out haha. I have one my wrist that needs covering up, it’s only small but I have been told I would have to cover it with something big and I am not sure I am ready for that, or if I want a big tattoo. I can’t believe how many you have, you must have spent a fortune. The cover up looks great though 🙂 xx #abitofeverything

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      December 15, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      Yeah, im probably wearing about £1,500 of tattoos. But I dont drink, so I save up my ‘beer money’ for tatts instead xx

  4. Kyles

    December 15, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    These are such works of art. I’m always so impressed by tattoo artists. It takes such fine skill and concentration – beautiful. #abitofeverything

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      December 15, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      Yes, they are little pieces of artwork. You have to have artistic talent to be a great tattooist, those tattooists who just trace and colour in pictures should be avoided.

  5. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    December 8, 2015 at 3:33 pm

    Those lilies are so beautiful! The delicate bandwork really compliments them too x

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      December 8, 2015 at 4:00 pm

      Thank you. When it was started I did worry how the band would look, but it sort of works x

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  7. martynkitney

    September 4, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    Love this!! I’m really wanting my 3rd tattoo so am saving my pennies. But seeing this has made me feel so impatient!! They’re beautiful! Thanks for linking up with us on the #bigfatlinky hope to see you there this week

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 4, 2015 at 9:58 pm

      I will be, with part 3 😀

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    September 4, 2015 at 8:08 am

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  9. DomesticatedMomster

    September 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    I love tattoos and I can honestly say that there is only one that I would ever consider doing a cover up on. I am currently doing a sleeve of Tim Burton characters that is almost complete and I absolutely LOVE IT! Thanks for sharing with #momsterslink.

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm

      Ohh, I would love to see a picture of that, I bet its awesome

      1. DomesticatedMomster

        September 2, 2015 at 8:10 pm

        I have a blog about it when I first started the sleeve…I will blog about it again when it is finished. ;o)

        1. The Anxious Dragon

          September 2, 2015 at 8:11 pm

          Ohh, could you send me the link x

          1. The Anxious Dragon

            September 2, 2015 at 8:41 pm

            That is amazing, ive posted a comment on it x

  10. Sarah Howe

    September 2, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    It’s really interesting to hear the stories behind tattoos and I love the way you have carefully planned the later ones. They are looking like a masterpiece now. I’ve not got any myself as could never choose! Thanks so much for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon xx

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm

      Thank you, the lilly one is definately a work of art 😀

  11. Random Musings

    September 1, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Love the lillies. I like how they look like a real picture rather than a tattoo 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 1, 2015 at 1:28 pm

      Its a great style. I love how much tattoo style has progressed in the last few years

  12. The Blog Centre

    September 1, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    looking forward to the rest of your mini series.
    Thank you for linking up with #ShowcaseTuesday

  13. kimlac

    August 31, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    Love the lilies…I too had a tattoo covered up because it was my first and I just chose any old thing. I LOVE tattoo stories and I love your coverup

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 1, 2015 at 12:52 am

      Im glad you liked tattoo stories. There are still two more parts to this mini series of posts (I have a lot of tatts lol) so I hope you come back to read them too x

  14. tface155

    August 31, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    I’m tattoo broody at the moment. I had one done at 18 (a long time ago!) And REALLY want another. #AnythingGoes

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 31, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      I waited a long time between my first two and the rest. They are soooo addictive though

  15. Rob Carew (@rob_carew)

    August 31, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Really great tattoos and it’s even better that you have good stories for each of them. I have several and am less enamored with mine. (The result of drunken university evenings out more than 20 years ago but at least I was smart enough to put them in inconspicuous locations…) #AnythingGoes

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 31, 2015 at 2:37 pm

      We wont be seeing you on an episode of tattoo fixers then 😉

  16. Nige higgins

    August 30, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Absolutely love your tattoos brilliant post thanks for linking to the binkylinky

  17. Twinmumanddad (@Twinmumanddad)

    August 29, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    I love that you remember the order of your tattoos. I lost count a while back! I have 20+ although only one – my 1st one- has colour in. The rest are all black. Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 29, 2015 at 8:10 pm

      I have gone the oposite way, starting off black and white, and moving on to more colourful ones.

  18. nightwisprav3n

    August 29, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Love the armband! The lilies are pretty too!

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 29, 2015 at 3:14 pm

      Thanks, they are by far the most girly tattoo I have

      1. nightwisprav3n

        August 29, 2015 at 3:22 pm

        I’ve been wanting to get some type of arm band but I haven’t decided on what type yet. I like the Celtic but I also like Native American stuff so I’m not sure yet. My next tattoo is going to be an Anch.

        1. The Anxious Dragon

          August 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm

          I have a couple of small celtic knots on my wrists which I love. An anch is egyptian name tag isnt it?

          1. nightwisprav3n

            August 29, 2015 at 3:35 pm

            Yes! The vampire lore uses it because it means eternal life, though there is some disagreement on what it really means in the Egyptian culture. Historians have found it on several mummy cases.

          2. The Anxious Dragon

            August 29, 2015 at 3:41 pm

            You will have to share pics once its done

          3. nightwisprav3n

            August 29, 2015 at 4:10 pm

            I will. I don’t know when that will be but I will definitely share it.

  19. Sophie @ Mum, M & More

    August 29, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Wow..your tattoos are great. I would love one but an absolute wuss with needles. You’re so brave! #bigfatlinky

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      August 29, 2015 at 2:09 pm

      Thank you, im not sure it so much brave, more like a bit mad 😀

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