When I got the Snowglobe by the end of January, I also got my dear Snufkin, the perfect travel companion. He is of course also the perfect inspiration to just get out more, to dream about wandering and fell like me with his wanderlust. He is also my reminder to be less wasteful and to be more minimalistic. While I am still on the journey, Snufkin (the moomins in general) is a huge inspiration for me in that regard. To be more attentive, to appreciate natur, to collect in memories not things.
Most certainly there is still a lot to learn, but so far I think I am on a good way. Also, the tattoo was done by Ella, as always, but I think we will have to fix his hands to match the colour of his face. Other than that I lovehis design, I think it’s adorable, even with this little backpack and the berries (as you know no tattoos on me without plants). The healing was a bit difficult, though I assume also because the skin in my loweer legs is rather dry do to the weather. For now, while I do have tattoo plans for summer/autumn I will wait as to donate blood again (four months waiting time…). Did you get any colour on your skin recently?
Every year on my birthday we travel to Seefeld in Austria, it’s less than two hours away from my home, so it’S the perfect weekend get away. While I have severe issues with my birthday, I get incredibly sulky and cranky – I know that, but I cannot do anything against it, because thoughts race in my head and I can’t control that -, I love this place with all my heart. It is of course because of all the memories tied to it. I have a couple of posts about this place, you can find them here.
I mentioned this before, but somehow I find shin tattoos rather uncomfortable to be done. The transition between bone and flesh is so weird and just in general it’s rather ticklish and my leg tends to twitch. Yet, I think it turned out so lovely with the snow and the alpine flowers (ghostweed). As always Ella worked out my idea just perfectly – the wood detailing especially is a dream. The healing on this one was quicker (I got it late January) and easier than the Big Girls one for some reason. I feel like bigger areas heal a lot better than delicate ones.
This tattoo was on my execel table and before that in my head for the longest time – and now I’ve also had it for quite a while. I got it on the 13th of December before heading to watch Star Wars with two friends. I mentioned that I have difficulties writing even the shortes texts at the moment, it is no surprise that this also took me a while. Also the photos seem very washed out for some reason.
Rating the pain this was on the higher side. Especially the parts between bone and flesh were uncomfortable and I felt somewhat ticklish as well. Let’s say, it was not my favourite thing – it also took a while to heal and I head bruises for a while – then again my legs are a bit keen to bruises (this is on my right shin). Anyway I think it turned out lovely, the design was created just before the tattooing started, but it is just perfect. It is not what I first imagined in my mind, but when the sketch was done I knew that was what I wanted. It was once more done by Ella.
Dirty Dancing has been a huge part and influence in my life, the dressing style, the songs and Baby’s growth. I think we often tend to forget how strong of a person Frances Houseman is. She does not let anyone own her, she stands up for herself and others and she is kind and helpful. This movie is not just about the love story and dancing, it is about personal developement and social issues too (apparently Patrick Swayze was very insistent on not removing the part with the abortion as that was discussed).
However it is of course also representive for the song itself which is one of my all time favourites for both the lyrics and just the general feel. I adore the music of the Four Seasons and listen to them a lot, back in New York my mum and I went to the Jersey Boys musical, so of course the tattoo reminds me of that as well. And since I cannot go without plants on my body, I asked for some of my favourites – and a cute little bumble bee.
In the beginning of July I got my third tattoo, the first one you can actually see most of the time, because it’s on my lower arm. A beautiful place for that matter, in my opinion. As with most of my ideas, I’ve planned that for months/years in a word document. Okay, I’m surprised I still don’t have an appointment for the Alice one, but then again I’m young. Anyway. This one is quite obviously for Star Wars, because I just love this franchise and especially the importance (and beauty) of this ship. I wanted TIE fighters and flowers around the ship and once again Ella did a wonderful, detailed job.
At parts this one was surprisingly hurtful about where the violets are and my arm was slightly cramped the nest two days (might have been due to my slepping position though). Well, that cramp faded and it healed quite well, some parts took longer than the rest and now it looks really cute. Especially the yellow and red really pop from the grey ship. Well, I’m just happy with it, it’s exactly the way I wanted it and also, so many people told me how much they liked it. I think it will also blend in quite well with everything that’ll come due to the flowers (I’m pretty sure there will almost always be nature involved in my pieces in one way or another).
Another thing that was a bit weird was my arm hair growing back. I’m mean, it’s obivous that when you shave your hair (well, Ella did at the studio) that it’ll grow back, but I haven’t done that in years and having itchy stubble on a tattoo was not the most comfortable feeling. That of course is a petty problem, but I had to mention it. It took somewhere between two and three hours with some short pauses to move my hand.
With this I also got a tragus piercing, something I wanted for a rather long time as well and it’s healing well. Also, how beautiful is that stone? I was a bit afraid of being pierced with a needle since it has been a few years since my helix and that was done with a gun (I know how bad that is, but back in the day I did not and luckily I never had any issue at all). However it barely hurt and so far everything is well.
I showed you what I bought in Amsterdam and Scandinavia already, however, I got a souvenir that is a little more durable, I’d say. Some colour on my skin. I knew I wanted/considered a tattoo from my journey, but I wasn’t sure about it. even though I had found a great shop in Amsterdam. Eventually, however, I wrote the artists and we agreed on a loose date. The shop is Queen of Arts Tattooing in Amsterdam (a fantastic, clean shop) and the Artist Sera.
The design was somewhat spontaneous. Sera posts flash designs on her Instagram and I liked quite a few of them. But, when I was there one the very day, she told me she could also design something there and then. So I told her I’d like a cat and a tulip (for the Netherlands, because I’m creative like that). The cat was inspired by my cat, but reminds me a lot of one of the Aristocats and Dinah (Alice’s cat) which is just perfect. I think it’s so adorable and will always remind me of the lovely time I had.
The pain was okay, certain parts were a bit uncomfortable and some times I felt as if I had got pins and needles in my hand (which is not unusal, but probably even more intense due to my low blood pressure). It healed very well, considering I was travelling during the process and I think it’s adorable how the cat peaks out of my shirts.
Personally I always liked tattoos – on other people and I wanted some since I was about 13, I guess. However, I’m happy I wasn’t able to get the ones I wanted back then – would have been very unoriginal tumblr things. Which is fine, of course, but I want things that are truly mine, unique in a way, and have some sort of meaning to them. Not necessarily anything deep, maybe just the fact that I like a certain thing, but you know, not a dandelion with seeds turning into birds – there is nothing at all wrong with that and I still find them pretty, but just not for me. If you follow me on Instagram (or read the title), you already know what I got – a moth and a bumblebee. I have a list of things I really want and add to that every now and then, the list/ideas are maily about a year or two old and for no particular reason I decided to go for this one first. I wasn’t sure whether or not it could be finished in one sitting, but it was – on Groundhog Day, 2nd of February.
Tattooing took about three hours with about 15-25 minutes of pause – to have a glass of water/going to the bathroom etc. For me the pain was really bareable, I expected it to be a lot worse, the only parts that actually were painful were about 2 cms underneath the collarbone and the tip of the moths wing which is really close to my sternal. However, my rubcage is a bit asymmetric and weird, so that might be part of the reason. Then again, I had an oral operation (well, I had tooth implants) and for a part of the operation the anaesthesia did not work – so that hurt a whole lot more. Healing was fast and easy as well, i just did as I was told and everything turned out fine. Gladly I did neither bleed a lot nor had circulation issues which is something I suffer from since a few years. But tattooing did not have a big influence on my circulation, even though it is rather big for a first tattoo (that’s what Ella said).
I had been looking for an artist in Munich for a long time, but I didn’t really find anyone to my personal liking, until I found Ella (on the website & instagram). She is really talented and we talked about cats and tv shows so that was very nice.
The idea was mine, the deigns entirely hers, I just asked for a coloured neotradional version of the insects and that’s what I got. For me the moth is based on a caterpillar my best friend and grandpa found years ago and grandpa looked it up. He found out it was a spurge hawkmoth – since I wanted a moth anyway and really like the look of this particular one, I just went for one that has a bit of a connection to my childhood (very cheesy, I know). And the bumble bee is mainly because I love bumble bees, actually I was thinking about getting a bee for Pushing Daisies, but I really love bumble bees, so I went for that. Also I’m pretty sure I will get a few things to represent Pushing Daisies. With this one (or two) I am really happy and I love how my two little insects turned out.