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.
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.
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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