Tattoo Tag - Part 212:36
Personally I find tattoos very interesting to hear about, from the inspiration of the design to the experience of getting it, something about tattoos just fascinates me. I currently have 10 tattoos, and if you didn't know I've already done a post on my first 5 which you can check out by clicking here. So continuing from my previous post, here are my next 5:
As stated in my previous post, I got this done in the same session as my bear tattoo. I had been contemplating this design for some time, and when we had extra time left in my session I asked my artist to do this one too. I was worried about getting my rib done, but as my ankle was quite painful in places, this was a nice break and a quick breeze compared. Most of you probably already know, it's another Bring Me The Horizon tattoo, because one wasn't enough. I actually got this tattoo a week before That's The Spirit was even released (but it is the logo from this album if you didn't know). I wasn't having the best of times back around July, and the songs they had prereleased (Drown, Happy Song and Throne) spoke to me and helped me to feel better about things. I don't know why this little logo means so much, or makes me happier, but it does. This is probably my 'most likely to end up regretting' tattoo, but seeing the band perform brings me to life, I can't help but to dance around and belt out the lyrics, and despite negative comments, their performance has never disappointed me. Also, every time I have seen BMTH it's been raining, whether it was waiting outside for 3 hours in a down pour, or watching them on a festival stage, so I found the umbrella fitting. And after seeing them last November, nothing has changed. I still love it, but with the placement I often forget about it, so seeing it is a nice reminder of a band that brings me a lot of happiness.
Placement: Left rib
Done: 3rd September 2015
Time: 5-10 minutes
Done: 3rd September 2015
Time: 5-10 minutes
You guessed it, my next tattoo was also inspired by music. This time taken from Bury Tomorrow - Lionheart. I kept seeing heart banner tattoos online and thought that this would be perfect to commemorate my favourite song by my favourite band. I got this at a time of my life when I decided that I had to stop letting my worries and anxieties from holding me back. I was missing out on a lot of opportunities from cancelling last minute and just declining things from being scared. I began to push myself out of my comfort zone and it was definitely for the better, although I still need a reminder to do this more. I looked up the definition of Lionheart and while it basically just means to show exceptional courage and bravery, I came across a definition that spoke to me.
Constantly challenging one self. Taking every single opportunity without regrets.
Learning, developing and seeing beauty in all kinds of moments in life no matter how big/small they may be.
Knowing what you're worth, treating yourself like you deserve to be treated.
Simply, just being you and being brave. Like a lion you know, fight for what you stand for.
A Lionheart would never give up on its dreams.
Placement: Left shin
Done: 17th November 2015
Time: 40 -60 minutes
My next three tattoos to follow don't really have meanings and are just designs I came up with based on artwork and tattoo styles I became inspired by. My thigh was my 8th tattoo, and my biggest to date. It took the longest time, done over 2 sessions. I have contemplated different thigh tattoo designs since I was about 13/14, but eventually I settled on getting a mandala. I took different elements from different designs and badly composed them in Photoshop, which I sent to my artist. I decided that I wanted to add some flowers to the design and thought that these peonies work well. I booked in for 3 hours, which gave us enough time to outline everything and a little detail. I then booked in for another hour to get the detail finished off but we managed to get it done in half the time as it's all simple lines and dots. This was also my first tattoo containing dotwork. I've got some really nice comments about this tattoo and I love how it turned out. I think the different elements that I combined work well and it still makes me happy whenever I see it (I have my legs covered 90% of the time).
Placement: Left thigh
Done: Started: 5th January 2016 | Finished: 9th February 2016
Time: 3.5 hours
I follow a lot of tattoo artists/shops on Instagram and I kept seeing blackwork style hands holding different things from flowers to envelopes and the designs always caught my eye. I thought they were very pretty and decided that I wanted a piece to go on my upper, inner, left arm and that this would work well. There's not much to say apart from that I just liked the design, and it hurt quite a lot. I usually have this covered up because I get cold too easily, but whenever I see it poking out the bottom of my t-shirt I can't help but admire it for a while. I love how tattoos in this spot look, and want to get one done on my other arm, but I haven't thought of a design for it yet.
Placement: Left inner arm
Done: 5th May 2016
Time: 1 hour
Please, excuse my gross pale legs and the lack of detail in this photo, it's pretty hard to get a good photo of your own calf. This is my latest addition, which again took two sessions (2 hours and a top up). I'm not really sure what made me settle on getting Medusa. The idea came to me, and I contemplated it for a while until I decided that I definitely wanted it. Greek mythology interests me and I always saw Medusa as a powerful, female, badass. I think the lack of pupils makes her look more threatening and is something I specified in the design. Again, I used Photoshop to construct a poor rough design of how I wanted it took. I was inspired by the trend of geometric tattoos, and I thought that this would be a perfect placement for one. The snakes were harder to decide how we should do them as my reference photos varied from traditional shading to dotwork. After our first session they were left blank with a little shading, and it grew on me. However, when I went back we decided to finish shading them and my artist suggested adding their black spots. I took her advice and let her do her thing, and I love how they look. I think she nailed the design, especially when you compare it to my rough original. This is also my first tattoo that contains white highlights.
Placement: Left calf
Done: Started: 23rd August 2016 | Finished: 1st November 2016
Time: 2.5 hours
And those are all 10 of my tattoos to date. I already have my next designs booked (two in the next session), and plan to start filling in gaps to make them look less dotted around and spaced out. My current intention is to fill up my left leg, and add a few to my right so it's not so plain. I hope you enjoyed reading about my ink. Please share any of yours below or your thoughts on getting tattoos yourself as I would like to hear about it. Thanks for reading, April