I’m not going to be doing my usual Outfit Of The Day for Sunday instead today I’m going to be telling you all about my tattoos.
If you are offended by tattoos, skin or the human body this post isn’t for you 🙂
Since I can remember I have always wanted to have tattoos, when I was a child I would beg my mum for those transfer tattoos all the time! By the time I was sixteen I had my first tattoo chosen in my head, I carried on thinking about what I wanted until I was eighteen when I could legally get my first tattoo. I made sure I chose an artist who worked in the style that I like which is colourful new school, I found out about a shop called Holy Cow which is one of the top in the country and have won a lot of awards at conventions, also I knew a load of people who got their tattoos there and they were all done so well. I have since gotten all my tattoos done in Holy Cow as I love my artists style.( Ross Daly if you want to look him up )
My first tattoo or tattoos you could say were two blue and turquoise diamonds, one on each hip. This is a picture I took of them today, they are four years old and have also gone through me having a baby so I am extremely happy that they are still perfect! These hurt a lot to get done, trust me to pick one of the most painful places to get my first tattoo in! They took about an hour each to finish. These tattoos took about 2 weeks to heal fully.
My next tattoo I got about a year later, it is a black and grey cameo tattoo of a girl within a frame on my sternum, just underneath my boobs. At the time I was obsessed with the Victorian era and Alice In Wonderland which was the inspiration behind this tattoo. It took an hour to do and again was extremely painful as it was right on the bone and that part of the body is very sensitive! This picture is very close up and as you can see needs a bit of a touch up, as my bra rests on it it has worn quicker than my other tattoos but it is still very pretty and delicate. This tattoo was the easiest to heal, only took about a week to heal fully as it was mostly line work.
My next tattoo was about 5-6 months later and is in fact very similar to this tattoo but has colour and more detail. It is again a cameo but the girl is a skeleton this time and the frame is a little different. I saw this on Tumblr I think, it was a necklace and I just adored the design so much. This tattoo took about an hour and a half and wasn’t painful in the slightest, it is on the upper inside of my left arm. This was the largest tattoo I had gotten so far. The pink colour was supposed to be a lot lighter instead of being more red, but I got a bad allergic reaction to the red pigment in the ink almost straight away. This was the most painful part of this tattoo as the healing process was hell, the skin bubbled into blisters everywhere the pink was. TMI I know. All together took about 3 months to heal properly as the skin was so sensitive and sore (At the time I had no idea why my tattoo didn’t heal properly or why it blistered)
Next was a very small one about 2-3 months later, I got a Q and a heart like on the playing cards. Queen of Hearts, at the time I was working on my portfolio to get into art college, the theme of my portfolio was Alice In Wonderland so this tattoo is homage to that. It took about 10 minutes to do. Again I got an allergic reaction to this tattoo which was when I released I was allergic to red ink. This tattoo wasn’t as painful to heal as the last but still took a long time and scabbed over a lot. It doesn’t look the best now because it didn’t heal properly but I can’t get it touched up because of the red ink haha.
And last but definitely not least is my last, biggest and my personal favourite! This tattoo took a long time to finish! I think in total took about five sessions of three hours each session, I got this finished about a year ago now. The inspiration behind it is the girl represents me, the owl represents my son Olly and the girl is protecting him, the antlers on the girl suggest that she is independant and in charge (like a stag) The string of pearls draped around the antlers suggest my love for fashion and beauty and I had purple hair at the time the same as the girl. The heart above her head is self explanatory. I drew this myself and took the drawing to my tattoo artist , the style inspiration of this tattoo came from Rik Lee. The pain levels of this tattoo weren’t too bad, down by the owl towards my knee was the sorest part. I left about a month between each tattoo session for my skin to heal fully. Her face is a bit distorted in this picture, it’s very hard to get a good photo of it myself!
If there is anything else you would like to know leave a comment down below 🙂