Thursday, January 19, 2012

I Is For Ink

I currently have 10 tattoos. The first tattoo I got when I was about 22. I had just separated from Matt (my first hubby) and my tattoo represented that. It is a heart with a dagger through it and a banner that reads "Love Hurts". I was a big Nazareth fan at the time. My friend Keith went with me to get it done.


My second tattoo I got in 2004. At the time I was a big Family Guy fan and Brian was my favorite. I got my initial and my children's initials in paw prints around him.


My third tattoo is my favorite. My hubby emailed me this picture and I thought it was so beautiful. It can be either a butterfly or two fish kissing.


I am a huge Calvin and Hobbes fan and wanted them dancing on my hip. So they were my fourth tattoo. (They are not really on my hip. They are sort of in front.)


I am a Christian so I have a cross on my back. The colors are the same as my butterfly. This picture was taken before I cleaned it so you will see the rub off ink around it.


I thought my butterfly sat a little too high on my back so I got another tattoo underneath it. I do not like this tattoo. It is nicely drawn but it was a stupid idea and I wish I had chosen something else. The word means "always".

When I got my 7th tattoo the Movie Saw IV was out.  Jigsaw's wife, Jill, ran a recovery clinic for drug users, to which Jigsaw gave his belief, "Cherish Your Life" I thought that was a good reminder. Apparently my sister did too as she also got the same tattoo but in a different font. I got it on both wrists.


Have you ever heard of the graffiti artist Banksy? He is in England. His work has been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world. Balloon Girl is on my left side.


Next came a locket on my wrist. I love the shading. I have always felt I wear my heart on my sleeve.


My favorite flower is a cherry blossom. In Japanese culture the cherry blossom symbolizes the brevity of life. You see, this flower only blooms for a short period of time. It encourages everyone to appreciate what little time they have on this Earth and it promotes gratitude for what they are given. I have those on my neck.


The last tattoo I got for Breast Cancer Awareness month. One of the parents at the daycare I worked at passed away from breast cancer. I did not get this from my usual artist and I wish I had stuck with the original placement. I was going to get it above the words but the artist said he though it would look good over the words on my wrist.

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Short and Sweet said...

My goodness your tattoos are a real work or art. I'm a sissy and needles aren't my favorite thing in the world so I'm tattoo-less. Thanks for stopping by for Jenny's "I".

jeannette said...

I like your flowers and Tigger ones the most!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You have some great tats! I don't have any myself but I appreciate the art on others. My SIL has a couple and they have great meaning to him! I thank you for sharing your 'ink' with us. Hugs, Linda

Judie said...

My DIL got a tattoo of two geckos chasing around her navel when she was in her early 20s. Then she had twins. Now that tat looks like two big old 'gators.

Birgit said...

So many tattoos -- wow! You are certainly not afraid of needles... Great "I" word -- ink!

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

I'm wondering how long it took. Is each one done in one sitting? I like the butterfly/fish one the best although I like the thought behind "There's always hope." I'd never get a tattoo because I'm a big coward.

anitamombanita said...

You are a veritable canvas. Check out my post...same topic, totally different perspective. That's one thing that's so great about the Alphabe-Thursday thing...I love seeing the variety of viewpoints we all have.

NanE said...

Tats are not for me but I do think they are an expressive art form. I like the one with the silhouette and the balloon! Have a wonderful weekend, Nan

Lavender Cottage said...

I have a pretty butterfly on my ankle and admire your bravery to have so many done.

Jo said...

wow, that is a lot of ink ... i am just way too afraid of needles to get any tattoos

Steph said...

Wow Becky, you are brave. I think the cherry blossoms or the beautiful butterfly-fish are my favorites. This symbol of the brevity of life is quite meaningful, and goes well with the constant reminder to cherish it.

Steph said...

Forgot to mention... At my house, we luv "Calvin and Hobbes."

Splendid Little Stars said...

It seems everyone agrees that you are very brave! I think the tat with your kids' initials is cute!

KDL said...

I love Calvin & Hobbes. Such a variety of tattoos and different meanings. Interesting post!

upinthecosmos said...

Great work, love the butterfly... I have something similar & am a tat fan. I've got about 24 or so:-)

Jenny said...

You is skinny! Go you!

I'm not a big fan of needles, but some of these are really pretty. I think I like the kissing fish the best...but I saw two ladies with exotic hats!


Thanks for sharing all your interesting ink with us!


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