The art of tattooing has been around almost forever. The earliest evidence of body art was found on a mummy from around 3300 B.C. The pigment used was determined to be from soot or fireplace ash and he had 61 tattoos!
Here’s a fun little TedEd video about the history of Tattoos.
I waited until my late 30’s to get my first tattoo. I wasn’t sure what I wanted until then. My first was a letter Z for my first born, Zander. It took about 5 minutes and was relatively painless. My husband designed my second one which is the Korean symbol for Omma (mother) since my daughter Mira is from Korea. That symbol is surrounded by violets for my other daughter who’s name is, you guessed it…Violet. That one was bigger and more involved. It took about an hour. The third tattoo is a thread spool and a needle which is stitching the letter B for my 4th child, Beckett. Here’s a pic of that one right after it was done while still at Tattoo Lounge.
Last year, I went with my son Zander for his first tattoo in Nashville.
I’m very happy with all of my tattoos and have no regrets. I’ve been on a waiting/email list for artist Amanda Wachob for a couple of years now. I don’t need another tattoo but Amanda’s work is so stunning it would bring me joy every day to look at it. Amanda has helped pioneer the watercolor (or line-less) tattoo look and her use of color is exquisite. Her tattoos range from botanical renderings to abstract swirls of paint to faint “bloodlines.” She also does work on canvas and on fruit. I think the epitome of tattoos for me is the work Amanda did for Keiko Lynn. Isn’t this stunning?
Here is another beautiful example of watercolor work by G.NO in Toronto.
These delicate beauties by Sol Tattoo gives me one more reason to want to visit South Korea.
Or maybe a trip to Turkey for these cross stitched tattoos?!
I love seeing what people choose to tattoo on their bodies. Some tattoos have great meaning assigned to them and some are more about the beauty of the object or the artwork itself. My friend Liz has a bunch of tattoos, everything from a vintage sewing machine for her vocation, to a grim reaper on a motorcycle that was a Halloween special! It is sooo Liz to get a tattoo for that reason, and therefore is just perfect!
Do you have any tattoos? Thinking about getting one? What did you, or would you, get? Feel free to share photos in your comments, I’d love to see!