Throwback Thursday: New Ink

Throwback Thursday

New Ink


I've been wanting to do a Throwback Thursday post about my tattoos for a while. I needed to update.

See, I got a new one, my biggest one, right before my old blog domain was stolen by warlords from me in the middle of the night. I kind of hinted at it in this post here.

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I really love tattoos. And I probably wouldn't have as many as I do if I didn't have a ridiculously talented tattoo artist. I mean, it's really her fault since she does such amazing work. Let's all blame her and while we're doing that, you can check out her gorgeous work on Instagram and Facebook under Lindsay Dorman

I had six tattoos prior to December. All are small and all are meaningful. But it was time to get something a little bigger. I had wanted a sugar skull for a while, of course, eyeing smaller ones at first, no bigger than a few inches. But then I decided I was going bigger. I have plenty of smaller tattoos. This one would be larger and more visible.

Why did I choose a sugar skull? Just because I like them. I don't have any specific memory tied to the sugar skull, other than that they're popular symbols of the Day of the Dead, which is kind of popular in Southern Arizona. It's symbolic of where I grew up. And rather than getting a saguaro cactus tattooed on my arm, I chose a sugar skull. There are some other meanings in the history of the sugar skull and Day of the Dead that I am absolutely claiming as my meanings for choosing this tattoo. But the number one reason was just because I wanted it. The end.

So I sent Lindsay about seventy-five pictures of elements I wanted - always super girly with pinks and blues. She, of course, delivered with something greater than I would have ever imagined.

It took a little while and barely stung. When it was all said and done I was in awe. I'd be lying if I didn't tell you that I COULD NOT BELIEVE I just got a big tattoo on my shoulder and arm for all the world to see. But now that I'm used to her, I absolutely love her. She's one of my favorites.


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You would not believe how hard it is to take a good picture of your own tattoo. I don't know how these selfie addicts do it. Well, they take a million selfies a day so they've got practice. Maybe I should invite one of these selfie addicts over to take a picture of my tattoo so it does the tattoo some justice. But then it wouldn't be as great because it wouldn't be a selfie. I digress.

Oh, yeah, and then I got another one a month later.

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This tattoo is for and about my family and my son. The wheelchair heart is from a company called 3E LOVE and the first time I ever saw it was on a physical therapy trip to Michigan for my son. All of the therapists were wearing shirts with LOVE and wheelchair heart on them and I had to have one. I also thought it would be a good tattoo for the back of my neck. But since then I got something else right below my neck so I decided the day after Valentines Day to get it on my forearm for all to see. Embrace. Empower. Educate. (I love you, Christian!)




21 comments:

  1. I like the skull. I don't have any ink, although I thought about it many times. I'm 50 now, and I can't help think that the ink I thought about getting wouldn't really look right, at my age. Not to sound critical at all, because I think you are beautiful - but can you imagine yourself at age 70 with that skull on your shoulder and arm? It might still look good, but I just don't know. I guess I waited too late and became all cynical.

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    1. Yeah, I imagine if I waited longer I would not have wanted any tattoos at all. But I waited until I was thirty for my first one so it wasn't a stupid 18 year old decision. The sugar skull is representative of where I grew up to me. And some other things. So at seventy? I don't know. I'm not sure I'll care much about a lot of things at seventy, other than my grandchildren and my husband.

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  2. I love both of your tattoos...the meaning behind each one is amazing and I think there should always be a reason you get a tattoo. I have 4 and my 5th one in mind already. My Hubby says I'm gonna be that old woman who is all tatted up...LOL Oh Well, at least I'll be the happy tatted up old woman :D

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    1. Exactly! I think the way times are going, the weird people will be the ones WITHOUT tattoos.

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  3. Yea! Skulls rock - I have four tattoos - one huge one on my back, a smaller one on my shoulder (which some have politely referred to as a "prison tatt"), a little one on my hip, and another little on on the side of my chest. I want to extend the arm down, make it as big as yours, maybe even a quarter sleeve. Ink is incredible, as are the people who do it. Congrats on your beautiful tatt! Enjoy it! :)

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    1. Thank you! I love my tattoos and I can't wait to get more! You should go for yours!

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  4. I love your sugar skull so much! I really want a tattoo, but can't decide on what I want to get. I don't really think every tattoo has to have some super deep meaning ... Whenever I tell someone my ideas they're all BUT WHAT DOES IT MEAAAAN TO YOU and I'm like IT MEANS THAT I LIKE IT.

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    1. Ha ha ha ha! I know! It's just because I like it. It was also kind of a balls to the wall moment. Time to get a grown up tattoo.

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  5. Great tattoos. The wheelchair 1 is really different. I have 6 tattoos so far. Visiting from SITS.
    http://therantingsofadramaqueensmum.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! And I get a lot of questions about the wheelchair one. But I'm proud of it so I don't mind!

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  6. Love! I got my first tattoo back in October - on my inner right wrist, symbol for a cable stitch in knitting. I already know what my second will be and can't wait to get it!

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    1. Also, coming from SITS, thanks for sharing!

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    2. Awesome! Sounds really unique!

      Thanks for visiting!

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  7. Love it! I've never seen a skull look so feminine before--all the thin curvy lines and soft colors. She did an amazing job. I have one teeny-tiny tattoo but just can't seem to decide on another one. It's awesome that you have such a great artist nearby.

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    1. I know! And I send all my friends to her, too. She is fabulous. I just give her an idea and she picks the coloring. I trust her with all of it.

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  8. The tattoo is Beautiful , I have a few myself and would like a few more but I am still debating :). Stopping by from Sits

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  9. That looks sick! I don't have any tattoos, but I like them on others!

    ~Zhenya
    http://beingzhenya.com
    Stopping by from SITS Share Fest :)

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  10. It's beautiful! I have one tiny tattoo by my hip bone. I got it over 12 years ago the day I told the ex he was moving out. It represents freedom to me!

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