There is always a big decision to make when people choose to become heavily tattooed. You are confronted with a choice: you can choose one decorative theme and repeat this all over or you can choose unique images that are all different, a little patchwork-y that tell stories. I decided to choose the latter. I have been regret free for years, knowing that each piece represents a piece of my life... all together creating who I am. And I plan on being regret free for the rest of my life seeing as who I am will always be created by the pieces of my life. That simple. People always stop, touch , ooooh, aaah, and ask questions about each piece so I have created a comprehensive catalog of each one. Voila!
1. Oh, Alphonse Mucha I love you so. Your art nouveau paintings are timeless and fantastical. The art history major in me loves you too much to not get a huge shoulder tattoo of your zodiac woman. Thanks for existing
2. I have been a baker for years. I saw a lot of whisk and spatula tattoos in the alt baking scene but I just wasn’t feelin’ it. I was trying to focus in on what tools my generation uses… and the kitchenaid was a perfect fit. I LOVE this one.
3. Frieda Kahlo was a bad ass artist. Mexican culture is a part of Tucson. End of story.
4. This was my final commitment to becoming a heavily tattooed lady. It is the sexiest tattoo I have ever seen, and no one can keep from staring. It’s awkward for them, and awesome for me! Best pick up line from a drunk college boy at the bar: “Can I smell your roses?”.
- Shel Silverstein wrote a book called “The Missing Piece Meets the Big O”. It is the most powerful relationship book ever written. I would recommend reading it immediately. Its profound. Did you also know that he was the one who wrote Johnny Cash’s “Boy Named Sue”? Fact for the day.
- Desert rat forever. Also a $13 tattoo, so you can’t beat it.
- There was this fad… of Kewpie tattoos. I joined in, and chose Cook for my time in kitchens.
- Lenny is the original punk rocker here in Tucson. He’s 50+ tattooed all over, including his face and is just… fucking rad. I don’t know how many infamous bands he opened for, but it’s a shit ton. Black Flag included. He did these flowers behind my ears that were pulled from 50’s wall paper. His glasses were broken and his hand was shaky, but they turned out great…somehow. Good story, and it felt like a massage.
- Favorite author: Sandra Cisneros. I wanted something to commemorate my feminist side and I decided on a few lines from her poem “Loose Women”. The paragraph reads “Diamonds and pearls tumble from my tongue/ or toads and serpents depending on the mood I’m in/ beware honey” Read the whole thing here. You’ll be glad you did. Promise.
- I got this as tattoo therapy when things ended with a long time boyfriend. I needed the soothing pain, and I needed a reminder that at the end of the day we are all we have. One is all we have and one must be enough. It was beautiful and empowering.
- My boyfriend now worked in plumbing for a decade. Its tongue in cheek and it makes me smile.
- A tattoo from the 50’s, colored in all its faded glory.
- This is an homage to my mental illness. Some people tattoo stars on their feet… I tattoo Lamictal and Prozac. Kiiiiiiiiiiiind of awesome.
- First tattoo for the car-less bicyclist that I was for years. This is what started it all.
While my Him was taking pictures of my tattoos I forgot that I had two. This is a testament to how much a part of me these are… I don’t even see them anymore. One is the letters “CTR”. This is a double meaning seeing as it means “Choose The Right” from my childhood religion. I firmly believe in doing that, but the ironic part is that this religion firmly preached against any type of tattoos...ever. Bazinga! The other is a Sailor Jerry type heart with the words “Mother Dear”. My mom is my closest and best friend. It will always be that way.
Do you have any tattoos? If so, which is your favorite and what does it mean? If you don’t, do you want any? If so, what would you get? I’m honestly interested!