For the past month, I have been getting tattooed weekly, about 3 hours per session. We are working on my second sleeve, and I say we, because this is a husband and wife collaboration. I have been married to one of the country's top tattoo artists for the past five years, and we have been working together for the past three. I am what is known as a tattooist's assistant, meaning I set up the stations, take down the stations, get the machines ready, and do all the sterilizing. It's a neat job in the sense you get to meet a lot of interesting people and get to see a lot of different art projects.
I thought in this post I would take a second to show all of the lovely tattoos I have been collecting. It is super nice that they are free, but trust me, I have to do a lot of work to get them going, because being the wife of a tattoo artist is not an easy job- we are always the last to get work done!
My most recent work is my second sleeve- my right arm all the way from the back of my shoulder blade down to the top of my hand. We have fully outlined and shaded it, and just last week started the colouring process. It's full of giant peony flowers and song birds. Here is the first splash of colour.
Tiger with a dunce cap- over the front of my knee, shin, and the front of my thigh. I actually got this done by the talented Dave Cummings of PSC in Montreal. This is the only word I have tattooed on my body, and the only word I will ever get. It is a special tribute tattoo to our silly pet cat.
My right leg is covered in various pieces, both large and small. You can see the full tiger over my knee cap. I also have a rocket ship, the jantzen diving girl, a heart with an empty banner, and some more on the back of my leg.
Yeah, I think the secret is out. I really love tigers a lot. There is a white tiger at the SF zoo named Oden. He swims, and I think that is just rad. Trevor and I go down to Sf a few times a year, and so the last visit we did in March I got this tiger head done by Scott Sylvia of Black Heart Tattoos.
And then there is the snake and roses. This tattooo was a pain, FOR REAL. The back of the calf and the pit behind the knee are no fun. I tried getting drunk and being tattooed for the outline of this piece and it didn't work for pain at all. Please don't try it- it'll only make the pain worse, ha! Anyways, Trevor managed to zap this guy in in 4 sessions.
venomous snake head close up, upon finishing.
My next pieces include a full back piece of a tiger, a large lotus on my throat chakra, and more peony flowers over my bum.
This is our pet parrot, Eadel. He is actually a small guy, known as a parrotlet. For his size, he really keeps us on our toes, flying all over the house and up to the high ledges. He can actually speak, and say words like "scritchy" for a scratch, "kisses" for a kiss, and his own name, plus our cat's name, Buster. A pretty special guy, and an awesome family buddy.