Edited by nhklh - 11/13/13 at 7:33pm
Mine is pretty boring. I have a kitty face on my ankle. It is probably only a little bigger than a quarter.
About 15 years ago I had just broken up with my boyfriend and had moved out. My cat, who we both loved, was hit by a car and died. It was all a little overwhelming to me and too many losses close together. I had friends in Seattle and it was the only place I could think of to get away. So a couple days later I hopped on a plane to escape. While I was there I thought that getting a tattoo seemed like a good idea. So, I got a little kitty face in remembrance of my little Missy.
When DD1 was born I wanted to get a tattoo of her birth flower (water lily) somewhere on my back but never got around to it. Probably a good thing because now I would be trying to figure out how to squeeze in a fourth birth flower in somewhere.
I have 4 - a dolphin on my bikini line (dolphins have always been my totem animal). She has stretched with each baby but still looks really good :)
On my right ankle I have 3 fairies - one for each of the boys that represents their personality. They also have the boys' names under them. I have just enough room for one more ;)
I have three pretty good sized tattoos.
The first is a semi crazed looking elf on my stomach, based on a Brian Froud illustration from the book Fairies - that you can see clearly in my belly shot picture (pg 8). I got him when I was 19, on a summer long trip in Europe, in Amsterdam. I'd been dying to get a tattoo, loved Brian Froud's work, and at the time wore lots of short tops;) He's on his fifth pregnancy with me now and always stretches out quite a bit, but generally reverts to his former self quite nicely.
The second is on my left arm - I got her about five years ago maybe - its an illustration that my oldest daughter did when she was seven-yrs-old and was always a favorite of mine. So I love that one and it may be my most "meaningful" tattoo. I had it done in Portland on one of our regular visits. photo here: http://prudencepouts.typepad.com/.a/6a00e54f917b6e88340133ec555753970b-pi
The last one, on my right arm, I just had done two Valentines ago. It's a unicorn with a pink haired girl riding on it, and a little letter D in a heart branded on the unicorn's rear. This is another favorite. My boyfriend/DP and I had been together for only about 5 months at the time, but I just knew he was the right one. So he likes unicorns;) and I have pink hair and clearly his name starts with a D;) - the illustration is based on one by a favorite artist of mine - Jen Corace - we just added in the unicorn horn. And the tattoo has a lot of blue in it, which I love. And he was so excited about it - it was a surprise. So that tattoo is pretty special to me also. Oh, and I friend in Montana did that one - her name is also Kelly and we share the same birthday. I don't have a photo of that one to share off hand, but I'm sure that arm will appear in future belly photos!
I have four.
On my arm I have "I'll see you soon" which was for the baby we lost.
On my shoulder blade I have a monarch butterfly which has a complicated meaning for me, I'm Irish and it's regarded as legend that butterflies represent the souls of the dead waiting to go to heaven; shortly after someone very dear to me passed away a monarch landed on me for a second and I took it as a sign, so I have one tattooed on my shoulder blade.
On my stomach/side I have a fairy that has really elaborate wings and is naked, I drew it when I was young and it always reminded me of being carefree; miraculusly it has survived all of my pregnancies no worse for the wear :)
On my pubic bone I have "Abandon hope all ye who enter" which is what it says above the entrance to Hell in Dante's Inferno, lol. It is a private joke between DH and I and I got it *right* before we got pregnant, when I didn't think I would ever be able to have children, which was super sad at the time but now has become a point of hilarity (I mean FOUR babies later lol!) I plan on getting more and have a few things I want to get after this babe is born.
what a neat thread nhklh!!
Oh, Lord. I am getting rather covered in them. I was in the middle of completing a piece that covers most of my entire back when I got pregnant (in fact, I just canceled the two last appointments I had scheduled for August and September). I will have to finish it after the baby is born and my body resettles. Here is a photo of what it looked like after my last appointment:
In addition to that piece, I have (starting from top to bottom):
- a small bird on the back of my neck
- a kick-ass pregnant lady of my left shoulder (see user picture)
- a flame on my sternum (right between my boobs)
- a staple gun on my left forearm
- a sea star on the inside of my right forearm
- a street car from San Francisco's F-line with the words "the city is my sweetheart" underneath on my outer right forearm
- the words "the miles I'd swim..." on the inside of my left wrist (it is a song lyric)
- a moon-goddess on my lower right back
- a green tree frog on my right ankle
- a triple goddess on my left foot
- a hieroglyph on my right foot (my best friend in my early twenties was Egyptian and she and I got the same tattoo)
Phew! Of course, they all have a story, which I am happy to get into if anyone is interested. I think after I finish my back I am done for a while. An old hairstylist of mine had tattoos of drawings her kid made on her shoulder, and I always thought I would do that someday and have never gotten anything tattooed on my right shoulder with that in mind. However, getting this back piece done has been really expensive and much more painful than any of my other work (I don't know if I am just getting more sensitive in my old age or if it is just the area of my body, but, oh, wow it has been painful!) and it has kind of made me want to be done with the artwork!
i have 7 *so far*. i have a full color half sleeve on my left arm of a william blake painting. he's one of my favorite artists, and it's from his illustrated poem version of the biblical book of job. his work, and that book, have had a lot of significance for me over the years.
i have a flower on my right back shoulder that i drew and then got on a whim at the beach.
i have a henna style cross on my right forearm that i drew beneath the phrase "after darkness, light" in latin, so "post tenebras lux". i got them a few years apart but they work together and look like one tattoo. together they sortof symbolize my journey from a very dark adolescence into a pretty well adjusted, happy adulthood.
i have an anotomical heart with wires up to a lightbulb (as if the heart is powering the light) on my inner left wrist. it's about compassion and love being the fuel for creativity and inspiration.
i have a fleur de lis on my left outer wrist, and a compass star on my right outer wrist, both done in shades of tan and brown so they look like they are on old parchment. the fleur traditionlly symbolizes royalty, so for me it's sortof about having confidence and self worth and knowing who i am. the compass star is about purpose and knowing where i want to go.
as soon as i am not pregnant, i am getting a half sleeve on my right arm which will be a frida kahlo self portrait, surrounded by dia de los muertos style sculls and paisleys. she is my very favorite artist, and was a kickass, amazing person, and i'm really excited about it. hubby is working on the design for me. i was supposed to get it this fall, but then got pregnant.
i'm sortof a tattoo junkie, and it isn't helped by the fact that hubby's best friend is a tattoo artist and does all our ink for extremely cheap or as christmas gifts.
This is very real. I am heavily tattooed and have been for over a decade. Have many friends who are also, and men and women alike, we all have noticed a big decrease in pain tolerance as we age and particularly once we get into the 30's. Sitting for work has become much more strenuous for me. I went from being able to sit for 6+ hours to having aa 3-4 hour threshold after my DD was born and I entered my 30s. It doesn't seem to matter where on the body the work is done, it all hurts more than it used to. And it DEFINITELY hurts worse on your menses than when not--even as a youngster.
I heard one time, you can have one tattoo, two tattoos, or LOTS of tats. When I got my second (DS1's fairy) I thought that would be it - but two more later, I have plans for 3 others, and who knows what else... Of course this baby will get a fairy, I will be getting a Tibetan "Ah" - symbol for great mother - I want to link all the kids stuff together with some flowery vines, and I am planning this for my back - it's from the Osho Zen Tarot deck, the card is "beyond illusion"
Oh and while I was looking for that, I found pics of Athan's fairy right as we were finishing it (there was a little more coloring, and his name done after this):
OH, and DP has one I wanted to share - it's his only (and he thought he would never get one!). It's a purple butterfly on his chest. It represents me (purple as my favorite color, butterflies as a sacred animal to me). I have a butterfly necklace that he gave me for Christmas a coupole years ago - it's like my wedding ring, and since he doesn't wear jewelry (construction), he decided to have his 'ring' permanently adhered ;)
I LOVE all these stories!
I'm in the same boat as tropicana--but I do have one small tattoo. It's of a ladybug and on my right rear hip area...and has some stretch marks through a couple of the legs. I think I may have actually had a sensitization reaction to it, as it ached for a bit, off and on, for a few years after getting it. I've also read that red ink is more likely to cause a reaction. :/
I've considered getting something to commemorate my kids...but want to wait until I know I'm finished (after having seen friends scramble to find a way to incorporate more kids than they thought they'd have when they got a sleeve or other elaborate design). The ideas I've considered were a paisley-styled ivy to incorporate my ladybug, and then something for each of my kids...or some sort of tree of life that speaks to me, again with some sort of paisley-style leafwork and IDK what to symbolize kiddos. But I also want a sea turtle at some point if I think I can handle some green ink. I guess the green thing applies to the ivy, as well, though...the tree of life would probably be a dark brown, rather than black if I got that. And IDK where for sure it would be, but I have nice legs, so maybe my calf, though two friends already have calf tats, and that seems kind of lame of me to do the same. :P