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The Story Behind Ivy’s Chest Tattoo

Friday, 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.


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

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Agamid’s Tolkien Tattoo Story

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

girl with tolkein tattoo in her cleavage

Agamid’s Tolkien Cleavage Tattoo

My third tat (the symbol between my breasts) is the Tolkien symbol – if you don’t know what that is, please go to your local library, pick up a copy of one of his books and look for it. It’s his signature. I’ve always loved Tolkien’s books. I grew up hearing them as bedtime stories. To me, he was the best writer ever born and the father of the fantasy genre as we know it. He’s my hero.

This tat is the first of what are going to be several Tolkien themed tats. I want a couple of original Tolkien illustrated dragons to flank the symbol and the tree of Gondor on my back. Lucky for me my tattoo artist is a massive Tolkien fan too.

- agamid

Tattoo Artist: Loz
Tattoo Studio: Westside Tattoo, Westend, Brisbane, Australia

Agamid’s Other Tattoos: Lizard Arm Tattoo Story, Lizard Leg Tattoo Story

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Michael’s Sandman Tattoo

Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

Neil gaiman Sandman Tattoo
Michael’s Sandman Tattoo

My Sandman tattoo – this piece of art from Neil Gaiman – as I’ve read it the first time about 10 years ago I absorbed it completely. Wikipedia says about it:

The Sandman‘s main character is Dream, who is essentially the god of dreams, but is displayed as being the personification of all sentient beings’ collective ability to dream and tell stories”

The wish to get a tattoo of Dream or Sandman as I like to call him grew over time but I was feeling unsure where to go and I wanted a particular picture of him as a tattoo. The breakthrough came in May 2006 as i met with some of my schoolfellows and one of them had a nice Tribal one his arm. I asked him where he’d got it from and some time later I sent an e-mail to and asked them if they could complete my picture of Sandman so I would get a full picture of Sandman to put on my chest.

We arranged a date and a few days later I went to Gecko Tattoo. It took 2.5 hours for Salva (specialised in Freehand) to complete it and everytime I look at I smile. Everytime I hear “Tear In Your Hand” by Tori Amos that got a reference to Neil Gaiman:

“..if you need me, me and neil’ll be hangin’ out with the DREAM KING.

Neil says hi by the way”

I feel good to have Sandman on my body and in a way in my soul.



Tattoo Story – Katie and Courtney: Friendship Ivy

Thursday, September 7th, 2006

Katies Ivy tattoo
Katie’s Ivy Tattoo

Courtney Ivy tattoo
Courtney’s Ivy Tattoo

Courtney, my best friend of 20 years and I recently got matching tattoos. Our friendship is definitely significant enough for and worth of a couple of tattoos. Our parents went to college together and we’ve lived 2 houses away from each other our whole lives so there’s no stopping us now.

There are various meanings for ivy leaves but a few significant ones we found that made us choose it were “long and lasting friendship” and “reliable friend.” We each have the other’s first initial incorporated into the design.

Courtney came up with the original design and the final design was put together by the tattoo artist.

- Katie

Tattoos by “Johnny Truant” AKA Kenny of 4 in the Morning Studios – East Northport, NY

Tattoo Story – Gaetan: Phoenix

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

Gaetan's phoenix tattoo photo
Gaetan’s Phoenix Tattoo

Here is my take on this mythical bird linked with fire, the sun and rebirth. I found this paragraph quite inspirational: “A mythical bird that never dies, the phoenix flies far ahead to the front, always scanning the landscape and distant space. It represents our capacity for vision, for collecting sensory information about our environment and the events unfolding within it. The phoenix, with its great beauty, creates intense excitement and deathless inspiration.” – (The Feng Shui Handbook, feng shui Master Lam Kam Chuen)

After a couple of designs, Gaitan from “Paul and Friendz Tattoo” shop in Belgium crafted this drawing which encompasses nicely the strength, lightness and beauty of the Phoenix. It is my second tattoo. The first one being a snake in the shape of an Ouroboros around my left wrist. After a “snake that bites his own tale”, I chose a bird on fire that flies away without being blinded by the sun…

- Gaetan

Inked by Gaitan – Paul and Friendz Tattoo Shop – Belgium

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Tattoo Story – Boris: Sibling Stars

Friday, June 23rd, 2006

Well….about my stars tattoo….hmm….I always wanted something with relation to my family, actually only my younger brother and my older sister.

I talked to them and asked them what symbol they most identify themselves with and both, independent from each other, said that they would say it’s a star!

I choose my left chest because I wanted something close to my heart – cuz my brother and my sister are, and always will be, my brother and my sister. And to not forget me I added a star for me! So the 3 big ones are for the 3 of us! The small ones are to make a full picture out of it!


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Tattoo Story – Jaclyn: Aztec Symbol Ollin

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
aztec tattoo

Ollin Aztec Tattoo – Aztec symbol for the Day of Movement

I was born on the day of Ollin*, according to the Aztec calendar. The protector of this day is the god Xolotl (the Double, the Shapeshifter, the Evening Star, the Lord of the West).

I feel that it is a perfect symbol for me to have close to my heart, pretty much centered on my body. I have realised that 26 years have shaped me into the person I am today, and I am still evolving and growing and changing and I like who I am becoming. Adam, at Adrenaline in Vancouver, did a GREAT job, and even though it hurt like hell at times, he was really great about giving me breathing time.

-Jaclyn (Jaclyn’s Daddy Tattoo)
Tattoo by Adam at Adrenaline in Vancouver

Ollin is a day of the purified heart, signifying those moments where human beings may perceive what they are becoming. A good day for transmutation, which arrives like an earthquake that leaves in its wake the ruins of rationality, order and the preconceived.

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Tattoo Story – Alberto: Phoenix

Saturday, May 6th, 2006

phoenix tattoo

Alberto’s Phoenix Tattoo Story

The story goes that when a phoenix dies, it falls into ashes, and from the ashes it is reborn. The reason why i got my phoenix tattoo was because i always was someone else, and not being my true self. Well my previous life has died, that chapter of me no longer exists, and the new me (the pheonix) is the new chapter of my life.


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Tattoo Story – Celuloid Heart

Friday, April 28th, 2006

film heart tattoo

Filmstrip Heart Tattoo

This tattoo had been in the works for years. My idea for it came after years of wanting a graduation gift for myself. I was a film major at UC San Diego. The idea of having a film heart came from feeling an intrinsic connection and need to make films.

Originally the idea was to have a film reel instead of the heart and have a piece of film come off the reel and lead down my arm into a sleeve. I asked my artist to come up with a design for it. She then sent me this heart design and I was in love with it. We decided to add the Chaplin minutes before we started the tattoo.


Artist – Susan Kidder
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Tattoo Story – The Librarian: Pt 2

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

panther tattoo
Black Panther Tattoo

i wanted a tattoo between my breasts that was feminine yet fierce. i was thinking cats, but i think panthers are better. i got two panthers to balance the tat out. i even made the cut in my artist’s portfolio.


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