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Mike’s Memorial Tattoo

August 14th, 2013

Memorial Tattoo

Mike’s Memorial Tattoo

My first tattoo. In memory of my mother and sister who both lost their battles with cancer last year..only 2 months apart.

54 yrs old and never thought I would get a tattoo… but I had some inspiration from above!

Tattoo Studio: Broad Street Tattoo, Bridgewater, MA

Artist: Larry DiGiusto

Laurel’s Ankh Blue-Rose Ankle Tattoo

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

- Laurel

Tattoo Studio: The Blue Tiger – Durango, CO

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Carissas Hebrew Sister Tattoo Story

July 6th, 2011

Carissa Hebrew Wrist Tattoo
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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Allison’s Taurus Symbol Tattoo Story

May 31st, 2011

Allison's Taurus Symbol Neck Tattoo
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.

- Allison

Tattoo Artist: Carl
Tattoo Studio: Wildcard Tattoo in Newark, D

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The Story Behind Kelsey’s Coldplay Tattoo

May 28th, 2011

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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

-Kelsey

Tattoo Artist: Julie
Tattoo Studio: Sacred Fortune, Allerton Road, Liverpool

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The Story Behind Ivy’s Chest Tattoo

March 4th, 2011

Picture of girl with a chest tattoo
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.

-Ivy

Inked by Perry Stratton - Splash of Color, Lansing, MI


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Kara’s Yellow Bird and Bluebird Tattoo Story

January 24th, 2011

Bluebird Tattoo Girl
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.

- Kara

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Liesl’s Tattoo Stories

August 23rd, 2010

Japanese Kanji Tattoo Girl
Liesl’s Japanese Kanji Tattoo on her Back

Foot Tattoo of Wolf Print
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.

-Liesl

Tattoo artist: Jumbo
Tattoo Studio: Jumbos Tattoos

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Caitlin’s Phoenix Tattoo Story

July 19th, 2010

Nude Girl with Phoenix Tattoo
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.

-Caitlin

Scroll Down to see Caitlin’s finished Phoenix Tattoo

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.

Color progress of Caitlin's Phoenix Tattoo

Update October 2, 2011:

Here’s Caitlin’s finished phoenix tattoo…

Caitlin's Finished Phoenix Tattoo

 

Tattoo artist: Wayne Lessard
Tattoo Studio: Bodytech in Gainesville, Florida

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Sarahs Arabic Tattoo Story

November 20th, 2009

picture of a girl with arabic tattoo on her ribs
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.

-Sarah

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