My Tattoo Story – part 3

Hello readers and welcome to the third part of my tattoo story. In Part one and Part two I covered the two large tattoos that sit on my upper arms.
The third part of this series could be called ‘All the small ones’ as many of my tattoos are much smaller than my upper arm tattoos, and its these ones I am going to tell you about today.

Tattoo 5


My fifth tattoo is the smallest of my tattoo’s, just the size of a 20p piece. Its not typical of the ones I was getting done around that time as its quite bright, but I was attracted to it as it was so dainty. It is a little blurry now as it is over 10 years old. As mentioned in part two it was done in the same sitting as my fourth tattoo and again I love it because it is a little reminder of my growing confidence and rebelliousness against my bully husband.

It is dispite its small size one of the most painful tattoos I have ever had done, sitting right above my right outer ankle, where there is very little flesh. I am glad it wasn’t my first tattoo as it would have probably ended up being my last as well.

Tattoo 6

My Tattoo Story, Part 3

My sixth tattoo is another small tattoo this time on my left outer leg, a little above my ankle this time (I learnt my lesson well). It is another Indian themed one, a single feather this time. It was done again at East Looe a year after I got my fifth one done. Not much else to say about it apart from the fact that I realised that I do not tolerate red ink very well. My skin reacted badly to it and it took ages for the little red bead to heal up (this is something I have had to consider when planning subsequent tattoos, although it hasn’t put me off red ink altogether as both my lilies and my new angel tattoo have red ink in them)

Numbers 7 and 8

These make up a matching pair of tattoos (hence only one picture) and were done in the same sitting. I have always had a love of all things Celtic. I think it goes along with my love of all things historical, and I had always wanted a Celtic symbol of some sort. These were a new experience for me because they were the first tatts I had done that were in a visible area of the body. Until then all my tatts could easily be covered up with clothing, so on meeting me, you would be unaware that I was a tattooed lady.

I thought long and hard about having visible tatts. It was at a time when tattoo’s were only just becoming popular with female celebrities, and obviously still very much frowned upon by much of the general public. This was only some 6 years ago, it is surprising how much attitudes have changed in the last few years. I was at the time ( and still am) working as a support worker for adults with learning dissabilities, and obviously I was a little concerned about how people would feel about having a tattooed lady looking after their loved ones. However I had built up a good relationship with all the families of those I looked after and trusted that they would not judge me by my outward appearance (they didnt, infact I had some lovely compliments about them over the years).

I love my little celtic knots. they are a perfect mirror image of each other, quite dainty even. I was expecting them to be very painful as they are on my inner wrists, but surprisingly not so. 

Tattoo 9 and 10
My ninth and tenth tattoos were done in two separate sittings a week apart in my last visit to East Looe Tattoo’s. after getting the knots on my wrist the year before I felt brave enough  to go for slightly bigger visible tattoos.


There is no particular reason why I chose the design for 9, I just liked it, a modern twist on a celtic design. I asked for the centre ring to have a little bit of purple shading just to make it a little different.


10 was initially done at East Looe, but it didn’t look like it does now. I do not have a pic of the original tattoo, but if you look closely at it you will be able to identify the black double heart pattern within the centre of the tattoo. I liked this design, but once home I realised that there needed to be a common theme linking the two outer wrist tattoo’s. it was at this time that I first met my current tattooist Phil at Hannya Tattoo. He had just opened up in town. I went to him with a query about what could be done to make the double heart design more similar in size and style to the modern celtic design on my other wrist. Phil doodled a design that matched the celtic star shaped and shading elements of the other tattoo, and a week later I had it done (it is a testament to his skill as a tattoo artist that you will have to wait 6-8 weeks to get a booking with Phil now. He is worth waiting for). 

That is part three finished. None of the tattoos I have covered today are particularly spectacular, or have really amazing back stories, but I am still very fond of each of them.

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  1. Meagan - The Mum Project

    January 8, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    I love the smaller tattoos, especially the celtic ones as I was thinking of getting something similar! Good to know that the ankle one hurt the most haha, it’s funny you’d think the big ones would hurt more!


      January 8, 2016 at 9:12 pm

      Yes, it is definetely a case of location over size when it comes to pain Xx

  2. Who Let the Mum Out?

    January 6, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Cool tattoos. Love hearing your stories about getting them. I have one big heart tattoo which was me getting over the fear of getting a tattoo. I would love to get another one, but I have no idea what to get.

  3. This Mum's Life

    January 6, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    So interesting Tracey! I’m loving hearing these stories, and feeling like I’m finding out more and more about you! I was particularly interested to hear that you had some done to rebel against a bullying husband… Good for you for doing something for yourself during this time!! xx


      January 6, 2016 at 8:05 pm

      Im looking forward to finding out more about you too next week ;-D

  4. Rachel Hawkins

    January 5, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Wow, really interesting. I have 2 tattoos but desperately regret one of them. Debating on whether to get it removed! #abitofeverything


      January 5, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Is it small enough to consider a cover up?

  5. Charlene

    January 5, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I love the feather, ooh major tatt envy. I have a tattoo and would like another but it healed badly and I was told I have keloid scarring which is fairly common with black skin. Still when my boy can write I might get him to do me his initial to sneak it on me somewhere #abitofeverything


      January 5, 2016 at 11:39 am

      Ive been very lucky with my tattoos, for someone with very sensitive skin, I have only really had trouble with the red ink Xx

  6. Mackenzie Glanville

    January 5, 2016 at 5:33 am

    It is really interesting hearing why you got them, I love the defiance against your bully ex! That is a great reminder of your strength and courage.


      January 5, 2016 at 6:18 am

      Thank you. they are that Xx

  7. Beth

    September 11, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    I have 5 tattoos at the moment but want another 2 or 3!! so expensive though aren’t they.

    Thanks so much for linking up with #justanotherlinky

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm

      Oh, what have you got so far?

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  9. helen gandy

    September 9, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    You have lots of tattoos, I think it’s great that they are so personal to everyone 🙂 Thanks for sharing with the #bestandworst 🙂 hope to see you again! X

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 9, 2015 at 9:01 pm

      11 of them in total now. Xx

  10. Mama

    September 9, 2015 at 9:50 am

    I have one tramp-stamp-esque tattoo on my lower back and one on the back of my neck. Ten years between them as that’s how long it took me to get my courage back. Ouch.


    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 9, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Not the easiest of places to get one done, I dont blame you for taking so long X

  11. Moipone Tsoka Islam

    September 8, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I want a tattoo with my daughter’s name but hubby being a Muslim he won’t hear it love them all

  12. The Blog Centre

    September 8, 2015 at 10:28 am

    You are brave – the artwork is amazing
    Thanks for linking up with #ShowcaseTuesday also commenting from #AnythingGoes #linky

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 8, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Brave or possibly just a bit silly 😀 Xx

  13. sizzlesue15

    September 8, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I don’t have tattoes but have come to appreciate the art and also the sentiments behind people’s tattoes. Thanks for sharing the third instalment in a great series with us at #AnythingGoes link up

  14. nightwisprav3n

    September 8, 2015 at 1:56 am

    I love your Celtic knots! I want to get something along those lines on my wrists or ankles, not sure where yet. Great tats! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Something Crunchy Mummy

    September 7, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Great tattoos. I want to be brave enough to get one. Thanks for linking up to #justanotherlinky xx

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Youve had kids, honestly tattoos are a tickle compared to that 😀

  16. Beau is Blue (@beauisblue)

    September 7, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    Wow, what a fantastic read! I am lovign the series! Suz x

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 7, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Thank you, im glad your enjoying it. Two more parts to go Xx

  17. Random Musings

    September 7, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    I’m really enjoying this series, I love finding out the stories behind people’s tattoos. I love the Celtic knots 🙂
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes

  18. Sarah Howe

    September 7, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I still love how how you have stories for each one! It’s interesting to know which are more painful too! Xx #anythinggoes

    1. The Anxious Dragon

      September 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

      There is a chart ive seen on FB tattoo page that shows the most painful parts of the body to have tattood. I plan using it on my last post for this series (part 5) to show how it matches up to my current tattoo

  19. Nige

    September 6, 2015 at 10:49 am

    Amazing tattoos thanks for linking to the binkylinky

  20. Twinmumanddad (@Twinmumanddad)

    September 4, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Lovely tattoos. I want more, but can’t decide on what I want! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

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