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
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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