Seahorse

In June of 2014, I made another trip to see the very talented Monte Livingston. I needed balance on my chest; no more lopsided ink for me. So, Monte drew up and put a beautiful seahorse opposite my starfish. Not directly opposite, as that wouldn’t seem natural. But, she turned out beautifully, and brought the…

Homicidal Mickey

This Mickey Mouse tattoo is actually a big joke in my house. It was, until recently, my one piece of flash and it is also a matching set with my husband. Our tattoo lounge had announced a Friday the 13th special, $13 and $31 tattoos, from a set of tattoos. I had, jokingly, told my husband…

Starfish Tattoo

In May of 2014, not long after getting my fantastic turtle done by Monte , it was time for something new. So, it was decided that my turtle needed a friend. I have always been fascinated by starfish. They are so colorful and beautiful. They can survive almost anything. Plush, they are squishy and my…

Turtle Tattoo

My turtle tattoo is actually a funny story. Back in early 2013, I was sitting in my new apartment, in San Juan Capistrano, bored out of my mind. And, just for the fun of it, my boyfriend (now husband) and I decided to look up tattoo parlors in the area. More out of a sense…

Cherry Blossoms and Paper Cranes Tattoo

This was my last piece that I had done before leaving Japan. It took about 3.5 hours and hurt something fierce. I actually cried through most of it. My artist, while talented, was very heavy handed and very slow. This piece was something that was a dream of mine for a long time. When I…

Teddy Bear Tattoo – As You Wish

This tattoo has very, very special meaning to me…for two reasons. I made the appointment weeks in advance…the artist had drawn it up…we had discussed colors…everything was set. The basis behind the tattoo was to start my memory sleeve…something to represent the people who had impacted my life the most. This piece was for my…

Stars and Butterflies Tattoos

In May(ish) of 2012, I continued my obsession and got a tattoo right my deployment started. Now, it was small, line work, all black, nothing elaborate or too painful. Actually, the tattoo didn’t hurt at all; but, it certainly made life on the ship more interesting. It is hard to take care of a tattoo while underway, especially…

Flower Tattoo

Tattoos are sort of like drugs. Seriously, you get addicted. Very, very shortly (and I mean, just a few days) after getting my cherry blossoms dolphin done, I was checking out a studio that everyone on the ship was always talking about. Technically, we weren’t allowed to get tattoos in Japan…command policy. But we all…

Cherry Blossom Dolphins

The second tattoo that I got was years and years after my first one…It was done in February of 2012, at Propaganda Tattoo in San Diego. It was a spur of the moment decision, but I really, really love him! Dolphins have been my favorite animal since I could breath. They are adorable, sweet, smart,…

The Times

The first tattoo that I got was in November of 2008, over Thanksgiving weekend. I got it at a place in Savannah, GA because tattoo parlors had only recently gotten legalized in Charleston, SC…and I wasn’t keen on testing the waters of brand new shops just yet. I went with my boyfriend at the time, picked a design…