Friday, July 30, 2010

text tattoos part 1

Pictures can be worth a thousand words but some people want a more straightforward approach when it comes to expressing how they feel. The simplicity of a sentence could just be perfect for someone to get tattooed.

One of the many people who had submitted me tattoos is Allison, from a literary tattoo community from This particular tattoo piece is from the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, a fantasy novel about two children who travel through different universes. The movie, The Golden Compass, was based off the trilogy.
This quote comes from the final novel, The Amber Spyglass
In her own words, Allison says:
"Tell them stories. They need the truth. You must tell them true stories, and everything will be well. Just tell them stories. ...
All that was left was the sweetness of that feeling, and the injunction to tell them stories.
The feathers represent the harpies guarding the underworld and whose task it is to guide the ghosts back out into the world. It's a reminder to myself to live life so that when I die, I have stories to tell."

Emily, a full time art student sent me her tattoo, a quote from the book, Into the Wild, a nonfiction book about a man's two year journey in Alaska, after he gave up all his possessions and donated all of his money to charities.

In her own words :"As for the tattoo on my leg, it's a quote from the book Into the Wild, taken from a letter that Chris McCandless wrote. I chose this, because I think of him as a very influential young man, who did what made him happy, without fear. He wanted to see the country, and he did so. I also chose it because I absolutely adored the book, as well as the movie, and I appreciated the fact that the quote can go for any new experience, or any new adventure, which is what was going on in my life when I got this tattoo. (I had started going to college in a new state, after never being away from home for very long.)"

Betty, from Dayton Ohio, is currently in Business school in NYC. She currently has 7 tattoos, and has no plans for more.

The Ellipisis, the three dots on her left wrist. The tattoo was done by Xing Haisong at John Long Tattoo in Shanghai. In her own words: "I got the tattoo on a whim; my friends and I were joking about our favorite punctuation marks and I said I would get an ellipsis tattoo. Being in Shanghai was my first time abroad by myself, and on an impulse, I decided to really get the tattoo as a mark of freedom. Even though it was a spur of the moment decision, I don't regret it at all. A lot of people think the dots stand for past, present, and future, and I don't bother correcting them; that's another way I see the tattoo."

On her right forearm, it says "What touches you (keep what you kill) is what you touch"
In her own words: "This tattoo and all of my following tattoos were done by Eddie Carerro at Inkstop in NYC. The lines without the parentheses is from one of my favorite poems, Margaret Atwood's "Nothing." The middle line is from The Chronicles of Riddick movie and is the last line Vin Diesel says in the movie. I mashed together the two quotes because I think they really work well together. To me, it means responsibility. "What touches you is what you touch" reminds me of all the people in my life that I've met and how important they are to me, and how they've changed my life and how I've changed theirs. "Keep what you kill" reminds me to always take responsibility for my own actions."

The third tattoo, she got was an quote from the Italian movie ,Life is Beautiful.The movie is about an Italian Jewish man who must use his imagination to keep his family together while they are in a Nazi concentration camp. La vita e bella is the Italian translation and is on her left forearm, curving down. The tattoo itself is self explanatory and is a current reminder of how lucky she is.

The quote reads: "something in me aches to be delicate, it weeps while the rest of me cackles."
This tattoo was done for a tattoo project.(
In her own words: "This quote perfectly sums up who I am as a person. I'm jaded, yet sometimes I wish I weren't. There is no judgment behind this quote, I don't wish to change, this is simply who I am. "

Words can mean the world to someone, whether it was read, heard, or our own. When you really read something, when you read between the lines, take in the context, and look at the emotions that were felt when it was created, you cannot describe how powerful a few simple words can be. So powerful that it could gives us hope, guide us through dark times, and inspire ourselves as well as others.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Karla was the first femme to agree to my project so I am happy to make my first official post about her beautiful tattoos!
Karla is 46 and from Albuquerque, NM and she works as a massage therapist. She has four tattoo so far.

The first one she sent me was one her left arm of an Angel. She got this done by Richie Castillo of Time Bomb Tattoo in San Antonio, Texas

The tattoo symbolizes protection, an Angel on her shoulder always looking after her. The Angel is surrounded by a stone window , a take on Angel in the Architecture, which is a line from a Paul Simon song. In her own words "to me it means the sacred that is in the everyday - the mystic that is in the material..."The rainbow wings represent several things, an energetic and sacred meaning as well as Gay Pride.

Angels have half always been great representations of protection and has been seen in religions other than Christianity. All together, it is a very powerful tattoo with several meanings, one that you can look at and just be in total awe because there is just so much symbolism.

This next one is on Karla's right arm. The theme is totems and magic symbols including, two different styled dragonflies, a lotus blossom, a third eye symbol, and a henna hand. This tattoo was also done by Richie Castillo and was done all freehand except for one of the tribal dragonfly.
in the process and this next one is the 6th session of the tattoo

This next one is one that she has on her left forearm. It is of the Hamsa hand, a symbol of protection against evil and the sixth senses. The hand is the hand of Fatima, daughter of the prophet Muhammad. It is mostly seen as jewelery or wall hangings at home, as defense against the evil eye.This hand is found in many cultures, in Israeli, Arabic, and in the Bible.

Spiritual tattoos are not uncommon, many people get them. I have seen people get spiritual ink to pay homage to someone they loved that had spiritual beliefs and so, one doesn't have to be spiritual themselves to appreciate such tattoos or symbolism. Whether it be a symbol of your faith, homages to loved ones, or an Angel of protection, they are all powerful and beautiful tattoos.

Tattoos have been around for centuries. As a tribal mark, a mark of fertility, and identification.
Tattoos, for a long time were seen as a sign of rebellion. It wasn't proper for a woman to get a tattoo.

But now, many women have tattoos. Whether it's to represent something dear to them, portraits of their loved ones, memorial tattoos, or simply for the sake of art. But while a lot of women have tattoos, it is still frowned upon.

This is blog about women with tattoos, a blog to show that women are still beautiful and so are their tattoos. I have talked with several women, asking for their permission to post their tattoos and stories for everyone to read.