August 31st, 2012
Laurel’s Ankh & Blue Rose Tattoo
I absolutely adore my grandmother and decided my tattoo would consist of her tattoo as well as my own unique addition. The Ankh is in the same place as my grandmother’s (on the inside left ankle). The blue rose symbolizes me as I see myself as a rose – nonthreatening at first glance, but under my exterior I have thorns to protect myself.
I choose the blue color as my eyes are blue and are the first thing people notice about me. On the rose there are three thorns symbolizing my parents and my brother. I love them dearly and are always protecting my fragile life. I thought of this design for two years before finally getting up the courage to get it this year and I LOVE it <3
Tattoo Studio: The Blue Tiger – Durango, CO
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July 6th, 2011
Carissa’s Hebrew Wrist Tattoo “Sister”
I just got my very first tattoo a month ago. I had been wanting to get one for a while and had a few in mind when my younger brother who is 20 called and was telling me about how him & my other brother (18 yrs) was going to get matching tattoos that mean brother in Hebrew and asked if I wanted to go with them to get sister and that he would pay for all of ours.
Right way, I knew I wanted to do it. Being a sister in one of the most things to me. My brothers & I have been through so much together. Not only was this my first tattoo but it was my youngest brother’s first one too. So we all went together & got it done. Also my husband went and got something totally diff but it was his first tattoo too. Now I have sister in Hebrew & they have brother.. I love it! It was a very meaningful tattoo & memory
Tattoo artist: Benjamin
Tattoo Studio: Artistry Ink
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May 31st, 2011
Allison’s Taurus Symbol Tattoo Story
A few years ago my dad was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. Just before he started his chemo, he came home with a brand new tattoo. It was a bull that had my name across it in a scroll. Naturally it was because I was a Taurus and quite bull headed but down to earth.
Fast forward a couple months and he has since passed on. I have always wanted a tattoo, and was thinking of something I could get in the memory of my father, since he had gotten himself tattooed for me. Since he was a Taurus and just as bull headed as I, I decided on the basic Taurus symbol for my tattoo. In essence, the tattoo is both a symbol of myself and my father as one.
Not only that, but through previous research I had learned that the Taurus astrological symbol is said to rule over the neck and throat (seeing as Taurus’s can often be lazy or gluttonous). So, the placement of the neck was my first choice for this one. As an added bonus, it’s easy to cover up if needed for work or other situations where tattoos aren’t readily accepted.
Tattoo Artist: Carl
Tattoo Studio: Wildcard Tattoo in Newark, D
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May 28th, 2011
Kelsey’s Coldplay Tattoo
Me and my best friend decided to get the same tattoo a few years back, so we got a few stars on our wrist. I’d also gotten a butterfly on my arm after snapping up a cancellation while my friend was getting one done.
I decided I was going to get something in between both and was just going to get stars. I looked around a few places but hadn’t chosen a design or an artist yet. My dad used to sing Coldplay – Yellow to me when it first came out and I’ve always being a huge Coldplay fan. My dad passed away but instead of just getting ‘Dad’ I decided to get something that means something to me.
So here is my tattoo! I’m constantly getting compliments about it which are forwarded to my amazing artist. After a month or so I still can’t stop staring at it, its magical and I love it. To everyone else its just lyrics but to me it matters the most ;D
Tattoo Artist: Julie
Tattoo Studio: Sacred Fortune, Allerton Road, Liverpool
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March 4th, 2011
Ivy’s Memorial Chest Tattoo
My mother passed away when I was a freshman in High School, and she was the only parent I ever knew. So in memory of her, I got her name tattooed over my heart so she’d always be with me.
Inked by Perry Stratton - Splash of Color, Lansing, MI
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January 24th, 2011
Kara’s Yellow and Bluebird Tattoo
I got this tattoo in two parts. The first part was the quote, which reads “wine, poetry, or virtue, as you wish, but be drunk”, which is a quote from the French poet Charles Baudelaire. It was all about self-indulgence to the point of happiness because my grandfather had just passed away, and it made me realize the value of our time.
The next summer I got the birds. The bluebird is from Charles Bukowski’s “Bluebird”, and is a symbol of finding a vulnerability and true goodness within the self. The yellow bird is a concept from the Bright Eyes album, I’m Wide Awake and It’s Morning, and serves as a symbol for a hopefulness in another person. The blue bird is slightly lower on my body to show that you have to love yourself first, and the flowers in the yellow birds mouth are three zinnias, which show constancy and remembrance and are dedicated to the three closest people in my life.
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August 23rd, 2010
Liesl’s Japanese Kanji Tattoo on her Back
Wolf Print Tattoo on Her Ankle
I got my first tattoo of 3 Japanese kanji’s. They say Spirit, Wolf, and Eagle. They are on my back so I can draw great strength from knowing that the 3 of them are always behind me.
My next tattoo is of a wolfs paw on my right ankle. This symbolizes the wolf always walking with me.
All my tattoos have a deep spiritual meaning to me.
Tattoo artist: Jumbo
Tattoo Studio: Jumbos Tattoos
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July 19th, 2010
Caitlin’s Phoenix Tattoo Story
This phoenix tattoo is very personal to me. The phoenix describes the struggles I have gone through in my life and trying to rise above them. It took 2 years for me to compile everything that I wanted in the tattoo. This is just the outline and I am currently getting color done. It will take quite a few months to finish since it is so large.
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Update May 30, 2011:
Caitlin has one more session of color to go on her incredible phoenix tattoo. She’ll send photos of the finished tattoo soon but here’s a progress shot to give you an idea of how beautifully the color work is coming along.
Update October 2, 2011:
Here’s Caitlin’s finished phoenix tattoo…
Tattoo artist: Wayne Lessard
Tattoo Studio: Bodytech in Gainesville, Florida
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November 20th, 2009
Sarah’s Arabic Name Tattoo Story
I am half middle eastern. I lived in Saudi Arabia for two years, and as I’ve become older I have really learned to love and embrace my culture. This tattoo, which is my name in Arabic, is simply for me to remember my heritage.
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November 14th, 2009
I got my tattoo on my 18th birthday from my father. It was a big deal to get this tattoo because I had picked it out so many years ago. I was severely depressed and suicidal. I was kicked out of school and there was nothing out there in the world for me and it really got to me. My life then revolved around reading my vampire novels, writing, drugs and music. Especially music. It was what helped me out the most.
I didn’t go on the internet very much and one day I was just aimlessly looking around and found this picture. It had a wonderful quote with it but that’s not what caught my eye. I immediately saved the picture. I kept a print out of the picture in one of my many notebooks and finally got it tattooed last year. I felt that soon after was the turning point in my life. I stopped being so depressed and realized life isn’t all that bad and not everything is out to get me.
Thank you daddy you have no clue how much this means to me.
Tattoo artist: Eric Johnson
Tattoo Studio: Firehouse Tattoo, Quesnel, BC Canada
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