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Caitlin’s Phoenix Tattoo Story

Monday, 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.


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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.

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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Jessica’s Ivy Tattoo Story

Sunday, October 12th, 2008

ivy tattoo girl

Jessica’s Ivy Tattoo

I was starting a new life. I decided to pack up and move to Korea. It was a new beginning, a time to grow. I wanted something that would remind me of my personal growth.

I researched symbolisms of strength. Found the Ivy. It’s a very strong plant that grows very quickly. It doesn’t need any sunlight, and fights it’s way through anything to get were it needs to go.

- Jessica

Tattoo Artist: Barry Buteau
Tattoo Studio: Planet Ink, Ontario, Canada

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Emily’s Banana Tattoo Story

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

andy warhol banana tattoo on hip
Banana Tattoos on Emily and Her Friend

Well, it was my friend’s 18th birthday and she decided she reaaaallly wanted a tattoo that day. Just a split decision idea that would be on her for the rest of her life.

So I decided, “hell I’ll get one too!”

So she basically looked over at the first thing she saw in her room and we went with it! (she owned an Andy Warhol banana bag!) we are also huge fans of Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground, and i can never get sick of them! so we got them within a couple hours of deciding.

- Emily B

Closeup of Freshly Inked Banana Tattoo

Closeup of Freshly Inked Banana Tattoo

Tattoo done at Lucky’s Tattoo in Northampton, MA.
Our tattoo artist was named Nate. He is an extremely talented artist, I would recommend him to anyone! especially if you want great detail.

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Tattoo Story – Elza’s Fairy Tattoo

Monday, July 23rd, 2007

Fairy Tattoo on Hip

Elza’s Fairy Tattoo

This is my fourth tattoo. It is a fairy tattoo – I got it as a birthday present for myself. The original plan was to have it on my belly but since I wanted the details as much as possible, I decided to put her on my hip.

I always wanted a fairy tattoo. All my other tattoos have been about something symbolic and simple (an infinity symbol on my lower back and my initial on my right foot), and one was to cover a scar (a flower on my left leg above the ankle).

To have this piece of art work on my body strengthens my love for tattoos. The process took about four hours and yes, it was painful. I can’t stop admiring this one and it feels good knowing that I now have my own fairy to keep me safe.


Tattoo artist: Clay McKay from Anonymous Tattoo, Savannah, GA

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Tattoo Story – Christine’s Native American Turtle

Saturday, April 14th, 2007

Turtle Tattoo
Christine’s Native American Turtle Tattoo

I lived in Florida for two years while I earned my associates degree. I am part Native American, and I have lived in five different cities. I always go to any pow wows held in the area. I loved living in Florida so much that when I saw the tattoo artist at the pow wow, I knew I wanted a tattoo to remember it by. I have only one other tattoo, and it’s from my home town.

I chose a Native turtle design because of the colors, because turtles live a long time (I would like to live over 100 years), and because turtles carry their homes with them, so they are always at home. I’ve lived all over, but I’ve always felt at home because I bring me with me.

- Christine

Tattoo Story – Becca: Bike lady

Friday, June 9th, 2006

bike tattoo

Becca’s Bike Lady Tattoo

Last year, after a lifetime of being non-athletic and just generally not taking very good care of myself, I started biking with some regularity. This May, I registered for a 2-day fundraising cycling event ( that, if I completed it, would include my first century (i.e., 100 miles in a single day; a big deal to cyclists). I told myself that if I completed the century portion of the ride, I’d get a new tattoo to commemorate the achievement. Participating in the event symbolized my commitment to care for my community; completing the event symbolized my commitment to care for myself. Both of those commitments were so important to me that they needed to be marked and celebrated. One week after biking my first century, that celebration happened.

Many people have asked about the tattoo design. It’s original. I sent links to two images ( and to a dear friend and fellow cyclist and told her I was hoping the tattoo artist could come up with something in between. She sent me back a rough drawing and said, “do you mean something like this?” In fact, I meant something exactly like that. (And no, she’s not a graphic artist. She’s an ER doctor. However, in addition to restarting hearts and soothing drunks, she also has a knack for realizing her friends’ vaguely stated tattoo concepts.)

The work was done by Bill, owner of the Baltimore Tattoo Museum ( He is also a cyclist, and he totally loved the design. In fact, he took one look at it and exclaimed, “wow, can I do this?” Bill is a great guy. He is one of those guys who you get the sense would give you his kidney if he thought you really needed it, even if he didn’t know you very well. But despite his obvious heart of gold, the thing that most endeared Bill to me was when, as he was working on the tattoo’s outline, he paused and said, “Heh, your bike lady has a boob.” He was goofy, fun, smart, and excited for me about what I had achieved athletically. Awesome.


Tattoo by: Bill at the Baltimore Tattoo Museum

Tattoo Story – V is for Vieve

Sunday, May 21st, 2006
V initial hip tattoo

The V tattoo is for my favorite nickname, Vieve. I’ve wanted to get a tattoo for a while, and I’m thinking about eventually getting a larger piece on my back of an ocean wave (my name means “white wave”), but I wanted something smaller for my first one.

A tattoo is something I never really thought I would get, I guess because it’s something I thought I shouldn’t want. Maybe I would regret it later. Maybe it would say something about me that I didn’t want other people to think. But I did want one, and so I decided, why not? If it’s something I want, I should do it. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and learning about myself lately. Instead of trying to figure out what other people want me to be or focusing on what I wish I were, I’m trying to figure out who I really am. Slowly getting there, and it turns out I like this real me a lot!

The V reminds me that I am me, if that makes any sense. I love it.

The left side is straight and strong, and the right side is delicate and whimsical. This represents me pretty well, I think. I got it in dark green ink because, well, I like the color green, and also because I love green living things.

I modified the Rossetti font a bit for the design, and Markus at Kaleidoscope (Cambridge, MA) cleaned up the drawing I doodled on the back of my cable bill and did the work.

- Genevieve

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Tattoo Story – Daerice: Masculine and Feminine

Wednesday, May 17th, 2006
angel devil tattoo
Masculine and Feminine Tattoo

This tattoo is about my first heartbreak. When my first love and I permanently split I decided to get this tattoo, both the cleanse some of the pain, mark the time, and to make a promise to myself. I decided that no matter how much it hurt I wasn’t going to be bitter or give up my dream which is this tattoo. A complete circle created by two complimentary elements, that of the masculine and feminine.

I designed this one myself, but it was a combination of artists who created the final image you see here. First I described it to a friend named Bernie who drew it out. The first tatto artist to work on it was a guy named Kelly, a Mormon biker in Reno. He filled in the male side really well, but only traced out the female side minimally. I sat for him about 2 hours.

Years later in Seattle I went to see an artist named Magenta in a shop on Broadway and she put another 2.5 hours of ink into it. She basically did the female side herself – sort of freelance. I just let her go. I liked her work so well, I trusted her to do it right. She also put back in the yellow which had faded from the fiery parts. The photo I have here is years after Magenta’s work, so a lot of the yellow has faded again.

I really enjoy this tattoo and I have absolutely no regrets about it.


Tattoo Story – Daerice: Star of Babalon

Tuesday, May 16th, 2006
Thelemic magick tattoo

Star of Babylon Tattoo

I first took an interest in Thelemic magick some time around 1995. I started to read Crowley and become interested in ceremonial modern magick. After reading “The Book of the Law,” I was struck, like many impressionable young people, by the possibilities of Gematria.

“Thou shall obtain the order and value of the English alphabet. Thou shall find new symbols to attribute them unto” II 55 Liber Al

*An aside for those unfamiliar with these terms: Gematria is an attempt to connect language with mathematics and find therein correlations. What makes this endeavor truly interesting philosophically is that from a rational, mundane perspective, there really shouldn’t be any correlation between mathematics and language. Why not? Well, mathematics is based on scientific laws, and language is an arbitrary human construct. If some connection were found it would seem to indicate that there are broader patterns at work in the world around us. It would, in effect reveal something planned in our reality, by showing correlations in the real world, where none, logically ought to exist.

The first people to try and do this were the ancient Hebrews. Their work with Kabbalah was not only a system for religious understanding and illumination but also a complex attempt at creating a workable Gematria.

Okay, now fast forward to the beginning of the 20th century. Aleister Crowley writes a short text called “The Book of the Law.” It is both a riddle, a dare, and an attempt at prophecy. Only 25 pages long it has enormous ramifications for the next 100 years of interest in and the study of esoteric forms of knowledge. It challenges the reader to create a “new gematria” not using Hebrew, but English.

At the same time I was becoming interested in Thelema I met some other like minded individuals, one of whom was The Archetypal Theriomorph, and my late partner C. He and two other mages had recently developed a novel Gematria as a solution to the challenge posed by “The Book of the Law.” (BoL) I was so impressed with the power of their Gematria to behave as predicted by Thelemic prophesy, that I began to study it in earnest. It is, I think, to this day, unmatched in its power to link language and mathematics.

Perhaps the greatest attribute of the system is that the phrase “Six hundred and Sixty six” equals 0 (zero). And this is the most important omen of all. (We use “six hundred AND sixty six” because this is how Crowley wrote it.)

This is a prized correspondence, sought after for more than 100 years, and can only bring immense satisfaction and outright glee to those who care about the ramifications of a Gematria. Needless to say I was very taken by his success, When he passed away I was forever changed and decided to get a tattoo to honor his memory. The GON came to mind immediately, as it is one of his greatest achievement, in my mind.

For my tattoo I chose the seven pointed star of Babalon, because he made me feel and understand my own inner Babalon. In the center I placed his primordial equation, 666=0, beast=god, man=divinity or however you may choose to see it based on your particular lens for understanding. This correlation was one of his masterpieces. It collapses everything.

As it says in the BoL, “nothing is the secret key of this law” also. . .
“my number is 11 as all their numbers who are of us” . . .
Also “unite by thine art so that all disappear” . . .
In the GON:
Nothing = 11
Zero = 8
One = -8
Cosmos= 0
Will = 0

My tribute to it is a rather large tattoo covering most of my left hip.


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Tattoo Story – Robin: Hebrew Name

Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
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Robin’s Hebrew Name Tattoo

This is my 3rd and most recent tattoo. Even though I don’t practice Judaism anymore I do still feel it is a part of me. I was raised Jewish and went to a Jewish private school for a long time. I had the whole Bat Mitzvah and everything. My parents gave me the name Chayah (as it is in Hebrew in my tattoo), which means life or living thing. I will always feel Chayah is part of me and I wanted to get a tattoo for that.

Ironically I didn’t realize that the place I had design and do my Hebrew tattoo had a business card with Hitler on it. Go figure.


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