MY TATTOOS


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
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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?”.



  1. 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.
  2. Desert rat forever. Also a $13 tattoo, so you can’t beat it.
  3. There was this fad… of Kewpie tattoos. I joined in, and chose Cook for my time in kitchens.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

  1. 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.
  2. My boyfriend now worked in plumbing for a decade. Its tongue in cheek and it makes me smile.
  3. A tattoo from the 50’s, colored in all its faded glory.
  4. This is an homage to my mental illness. Some people tattoo stars on their feet… I tattoo Lamictal and Prozac. Kiiiiiiiiiiiind of awesome.
  5. First tattoo for the car-less bicyclist that I was for years. This is what started it all.
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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!
 

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  1. The kitchenaid is amazing! You have started me wondering whether I need another in my collection now! Hmmmmm......

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    1. the answer is always yes, and you have to do it impulsively:) Liiiiiike NOW. If you think about it, you'll always find another way to spend the money... er, thats what happens for me anyways:)

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  2. Your tattoos are so gorgeous, and I love how they all have a story behind them. Shel Silverstein is one of my favorite authors. His poems were so amazing, deep, but somehow really simple.

    The words from the poem are great too! Love it and I'm reading the whole thing now.

    You inspire me, lady!
    Much love.

    Jess
    jessbuckley.com

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    1. His poems were so amazing, deep, but somehow really simple.

      yes. exactly!

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  3. I love staring at heavily tattooed people. Yup, I'm a creeper all right! But I love just hearing the stories about them, it's so fascinating!! So, before I tell you about my one and only tattoo, I have to say that yours are so beautiful. I have to say that my favorite one out of the bunch are the flowers behind your ear. Cool story and beautifully done. =D I can't wait to get more, but I don't think I'm brave enough to be heavily tattooed.

    Mine is a yin yang on the outside of my left ankle. However, the yin yang is TWO CATS. Yup, bringing that crazy cat lady out ;D I told you how I'm two different people and my tattoo represents those two sides, the balancing act of it all and how I can't be one without the other. If I wasn't one side, I wouldn't be me and that's not cool at all!


    Also, a $13 tattoo?! That's friggin' awesome. Moolah is the main reason I haven't gotten a second tattoo yet. But soon! Very soon, muahha.

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    1. every friday the 13th, my shop offers a page of small tattoos for $13. SO brilliant. And you can always hide the tattoos you get;)

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  4. I love that every single one of your tattoos tells a story...and they are amazing.

    I always said that when I get a tattoo it's like that time of my life - good, bad or in between - is now permanently there and there's no shying away from it. Even when I've something covered up I know it's still there under layers of fresh ink. Is it odd that I think of tattoo as kind of a living thing? Hmmm...

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  5. Your tattoos are so lovely! Especially love the Kitchenaid and the Mucha :D

    I'm addicted to tattoos, though mine only currently number 4, my favorite being the three bucks (deer, not dollars, haha) on my side. It my biggest and the only one so far that's in color, but it's the most beautiful, watercolor-esque style and reminds me of my grandfather who passed away 6 years ago. Must get more!

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    1. that sounds absolutely beautiful. what a great choice.

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  6. I love your tattoos :) Mine are also random... No real theme.
    I had stars on my ankle with colored dots that went onto my foot (kind of looked like shooting stars) but I had it covered up with a chinese dragon because I wanted something to cover the whole top of my foot and the old tattoo reminded me of an ex and ex best friend so I'm happy with the cover up, even though it still needs another session. I kind of like the half-doneness. I have my mom's name and a pink rose on my left shoulder blade and on the back of my neck is my pet name (Bella). My fiance started calling me that when we were dating :) and on my lower back are flowers/tribal/my last name. And the final tattoo is an orchid and the words 'lil mama' on my hip from when I was skinner (pre baby) and thought I was hot stuff and would be showing it off bathing suit season. I want more! But alas, I need $ for more hah My him is Samoan and I'd like to get a 1/4 sleeve of Samoan tribal arm band and also get my dad's name on my right shoulder blade with possibly a lion's head. And when I'm finished having kids, also would like something that includes their names :)
    (Sorry for the novel heh)

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  7. I love the stories behind each piece. I have three small ones of my own but I just dont know if I possess the commitment for bigger art -- Im commitment phobic that way ha

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    1. be weary... once you get a big one... they all start getting bigger!

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  8. Your tattoos are so nice! I'm also a patchwork kinda girl, with no real signs of stopping.

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  9. Oh so pretty!
    I have 4, 1 has no meaning what so ever and is just cherries, except they're not, they're 2 red skulls on cherry stems that I got when I was 18. The other 3 all are very meaningful to me, one was for our engagement, one for our wedding (yup right after the courthouse we went to the shop) and one for my boys. They're all rather small but I love them. currently I'm planning a large piece for my outer thigh to cover up some nasty spider veins, but I haven't decided what I want yet, the one piece that I know I'd want is already on the hubby :/ (the lucky bastard also got hooked up with another piece after work yesterday)

    If you want to take a look, the 3 important ones are posted here: http://louise-amabilis.blogspot.com/2012/07/my-tattoos.html

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    1. I foresee matching tattoos with your hubby in your future!

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    2. haha that would be matching number three :)

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  10. Oh tattoos. I have so much love for tattoos.

    My first was a fox (my guide), second was a dragonfly (another step in my totem) and the third and final (so far) was "to thine own self be true," because I have mad love for The Bard and I need the constant reminder. I want more. So many more. (I see writing tools, crows, a spider and Scotch thistle in my future.) I was actually just lectured for considering a half-to-full sleeve, because it's not feminine. Heh. That lecture may be the final straw weighing in on my decision. Fuck 'em - I'll show 'em feminine.

    Love the post, adore the ink. You have an awesome story, lady. :) Stay under the needle and don't forget to show us what you've got.

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    1. How funny you mention that... my right arm is on its way to becoming a 3/4 sleeve... and I think its feminine as hell. YOU TELL EM!

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  11. What a beautiful post. I love tattoos to the point of obsession but I don't have any (yet) - my friend has recently got tattooed and as she described the path to the decision it became pretty clear that I'm not there yet. I see myself getting tattoos in my thirties or late twenties (I'm 21 now) and they will definitely be words, either single words (I'd love to have the word "now" somewhere just to remind myself not to drift too far away from the present moment) or bits from literature (because I love books).

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  12. Beautiful!! I have two tattoos. One is my husband pocket watch with the words, "This too shall pass" I wanted something that was him but I refused the idea of his name or nickname. I wanted something that made me think of him and his pocket watch was it. The words are my personal mantra. My other one is the word "Suddenly" I have this habit of feeling lost and unsure and then "suddenly" realizing "wait a minute this is exactly where I'm suppose to be." It has a tiny kitty paw next to it because the day I had it touched up my parents were having to put my childhood cat to sleep so I asked the artist if she could add it.

    My next one will be "Hey Boo" from To Kill a Mockingbird on my forearm.

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  13. I love that you got pills tattooed on your feet (mine would be Pristiq and Valium- hooray for anti-anxiety medication!). I have 2 large swallows on my chest. My dad is a bird-watcher, so I kind of got them as a reminder that my parents are always with me (for good and bad). I'd like to get a Camilla flower tattooed on my side, since it's the state flower of Alabama and I've been here all my life.

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  14. I has no idea that you had so many tattoos! I love the mixer one- Such a cute homage to your career! The pills are amazing too. Such a creative idea!

    Becky
    xx

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  15. Also, I just read that poem and it's amazing!

    "I am the woman of myth and bullshit
    (True, I authored some of it)"

    I love that! I am hugely disliked and have heard so many rumours about myself. I love it though! I find the attention hugely flattering and, I have to admit, I once asked my best friend to spread a rumour about me just to see how far it travelled!!

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  16. Oh, you had me at Mucha! I am in the midst of decorating my house in Mucha (and Mucha-inspired geek-flavored) prints. And although I detested House on Mango Street, I agree that Cisneros' poetry is accessible and powerful. Yay! I love your tatts!

    I only have one (which I got in secret, and debuted to my folks when walking the isle at my best friend's wedding, so they couldn't yell at me....my mom is my best friend, too, but they both HIGHLY disapprove of getting inked). It's a Tlingit orca whale in a totemic pose (curled and snarling), on my upper spine. It's for my lifelong passion for studying killer whales (which has always been a hobby and never a career...sadly), plus my love of contrast/bold colors, plus it's pulled from a carving that I bought when in Alaska on my last big family vacation when I was 12. It reminds me of some fantastic times and an almost divine call to buy the carving. Plus, being on my back, I tend to forget it's there until people mention it.

    Sadly, it desperately needs to be re-inked. :(

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  17. Thanks for sharing this great post. I love when people tell the personal stories behind their tattoos. I just happen to finish a post on being a tattooed teacher, please stop by.

    http://theedumacationofmsmac.blogspot.com/b/post-preview?token=edE2qDkBAAA.y6yjzT8tB-ssHkFXtoU0Wg.3S4oPMA08VTsIsFQn9FkyQ&postId=2211097837262293634&type=POST

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  18. I like everyone tatoo you had.
    They all tell such a beautiful story : life

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  19. I love all the tattoos and stories too. The pills are unique and empowering. I want to get a tattoo with a brain included to symbolize my ties to mental illness.

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  20. Lovely tattoos & stories. I had seen your feet tattoos from earlier posts & thought they were gems... they are very interesting (in a good way). I have 4 tattoos: a stencil style cassette on my leg/ankle area, a grenade in the middle of my back, 5 tiny birds flying away on my neck, & "image" in my wrist. Oh, & I also grew up in that religion.

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  21. I had never read the Shel Silverstein book. Amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

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  22. I love the bicycle one! I also love the pills, the Shel Silverstein one and the kitchen-aid one. They are all pretty great.

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  23. i love your tattoos! frida is my favorite i think. i was obsessed with here when i was about 17. and i still love.
    i have quite a few tattoos. my first was two skull and crossbones and a strawberry and crossbones. it was from a jason sho green poster that said "deep down inside we all just want to be indie as fuck." then i got bunicula the vampire rabbit on my leg, a huge traditional heart with weezer flying w and a banner that says "say it ain't so" on my back. I've got an octopus on my left arm, and a pagasus fighting a sand worm on my right, and a sugar skull pug coming out of a traditional rose on my foot. i love being tattooed and even though i have about 20 hours of work on my, i still don't feel like i can call myself heavily tatooed. next i either want to get a kitsune (a nine tailed japanese style fox) as a half sleeve on my left arm, or a bearded lady on my leg. i haven't decided yet. i think tattoos are so sexy. i love your chest piece. i'm afraid of that area since i'm big chested and really sensitive there.

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    1. oh! and i think i said it when you posted about it before, but that poem on your side! gives me chills. and i LOVE how you got it tattooed. amazing.

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  24. I love how all your tattoos have a story and are so personal to your life. that's how tattoos should be! I have been thinking about getting one forever (since I was maybe, 15?), but I could not figure out what I wanted. Now I know I want the name of Pearl Jam's song 'Just Breathe' in a script, because it has a number of different meanings to me, but I am still figuring out where I want it placed and who should do it.

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  25. Oh lordy, your Frida Kahlo tattoo is amazing! I have several pictures of her on my wall and she's a real inspiration to me. Have you read "Frida Kahlo - Song of Herself"? It's such a phenomenal book, I always tell people, if you only ever read one book on Kahlo, make it that one!

    Morgue xxx
    (previously Allie of Notesofadeadprofessor)

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  26. the kitchenaid is so fucking rad.

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  27. Hey! Love your tattoos :) I'm a baker too and I want to get a tattoo on my forearm, but my arms always get covered in flour and flung off bits of cake batter, so I wanted to ask you if you found this to be a problem for the healing process/risk of infection? Did you wait until you were on holiday to get it done, or did you just go ahead with it? Thanks for your help :)

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  28. Love all your tattoos.I'm also pretty patchwork. I love books, words quotes. So most of my tattoos are quotes from books that changed me or latin phrases that I fell in love with. I also have a large lily and a small hot air balloon.

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