Thursday, August 30, 2012

a tattoo journey



So it all started last spring actually when I was ready to have some covers of really old, very meaningless, ink from my 18 year old days covered up!  My hubs was eager to have me go to his friend and after some fear, I did and he started the work that started my whole piece.  However, I soon began to see that I needed to find an experienced artist to do what I wanted.  I didn't know where to start, and so I took a little break.  One day though, through knowing a fabulous person, I found my artist and my journey continued.


As many of you know, I started with many little birds, a great quote, and a simple hand drawn, by me, birdcage.  The work didn't look so great.  I knew there was so much more I wanted from this, but didn't know where to go next.  I did know though, that along with my little birdies, I needed three bigger birdies, to represent my girls.  Of course, I am the cage...and two of these three and starting to fly further away.  So my fab artist started out with a simple floral design and my Paige bird.


and we are starting to fix the cage and color...


my doggie loves me and my new, unfinished ink...


and color...  and design complete and brought through the cage.  I am so happy!



I love this last shot so much, although you can't see the bottom left flowers which are gorgeous.

Now, you may notice, two more birdies are to come.  We haven't really decided where to put them, but the two will be close by, as my two oldest are very close in age, and close.  I think one will have spread wings.  My next session, a whole month away...boo! we are actually re coloring all the springtime work.  It honestly didn't heal well, and looks not so great next to this masterpiece.  I am hoping Mr. Artist Awesome Sauce can fix that, although the style is very different.

So birdies to come, and I have so many more important symbols in this head, that I am eager to one day add to this canvas.


21 comments:

  1. Your new ink is gorgeous. And while I liked the birdcage design before I agree that is is better now tim the addition of pops of color and depth-adding shade. And birds and flowers are a great combination for tats IMHO.

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  2. i love brightly colored tattoos. they can be so feminine and artistic when done well, which yours are. pretty!
    how's your pink hair? still on fire?

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  3. I have loved seeing this progress and have to say that the new work totally rocks! I LOVE all the color and beauty and the meaningful theme of your babies leaving the nest. Can't wait to see the entire picture come together!!! xoxo

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  4. I love seeing this progress and I love that it is all so symbolic to what is important in yoir life. I have 3 small tattoos on my back, 2 of which I designed myself representing me and myhusband and art and my dogs (1 left shoulder, 2 on my lower back) and I'd love to get them adapted into one large tatt covering my whole back. I have the idea of them being patterns on a butterflies wing and keep meaning to sketch it out andthishas just inspired me to do that!

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  5. Wow beautiful work...in love with that pink flower!! Much like some of the art I do!! Good job planning this out!

    Hugs Giggles

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  6. It is a wonderful integration of the two, very impressive and pretty too.

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  7. Wow, your tattoo artist incorporated the old and new tattoos beautifully. Looks amazing!

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  8. This is the first time I've followed a tattoo progress on a blog. I love tattoo art on TV and never thought to follow it online, great idea to share.

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  9. What a beautiful back! Oh and your tattoo's are nice too. HAHA THE WHOLE THING ROCKS! Just amazing what artists can do and when it's done on skin it can be magical. Thanks for sharing and commenting on my broccoli painting!! :)

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  10. Beautiful work! I've never seen a prettier tattoo.

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  11. Gorgeous and magical....shine on..looks fabulous!
    Victoria

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  12. The flowers are so beautiful, you really did find a talented artist! You make it look so easy, too, you're so relaxed in that first photo.

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  13. Votre tatouage est vraiment FABULEUX! je ne me lasse pas de le regarder!!!

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  15. Wow....this is sooo beautiful and representative of the beauty that is you. I love it very much and I'm soooo stinkin excited to see you soon! Yay!!

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  16. wow did this turn out beautiful!!!! what a vision!

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