Posts Tagged ‘tattoo parlors’

Fear of a Gang war.

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/fears-of-gang-war-after-tattoo-parlour-shooting/story-e6frf7l6-1226029093484

I was looking around today and found this article. I thought it was interesting so I just thought I would share it with my Tattoo Community. Let me know your thoughts?

Some good advice for people new to Tattoos.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Sort video for people new to Tattoos.

An Australian Martini

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

CherryM (22)Born in Melbourne, Australia but spending most of her child hood in Rotorua New Zealand this beautiful Comic con loving Pin up girl has accomplished and seen a lot in her 24 years.cherrym Not only does she do Pin Up modeling she also has a line of clothing and her art work is amazing. Well looking through her Facebook page you can find a lot of her art work, photos and clothing.

When interviewing Miss Martini I found several interesting facts about her life and lifestyle.  Dropping out of school she decided to adventure into the body modification field of Tattooing and Piercings. It probably helped that she has a heck of a creative side. You can tell this in her drawing and T shirts she creates. Everything she seems to do she does with extreme passion.

After living in Rotorua, New Zealand for most of her teenage years she returned home in 2005 to Australia only to find that it didn’t work out. Kicked out of her home due to conflict with her mother she vowed never to return home again. Complication with her mother was a normal thing and Cherry spent most of her teenage years in and out of foster homes, but that didn’t stop her from achieving all that she has today.

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With the help of her Old Step Dad and his new partner she got her life started again. Picking herself up Cherry enrolled herself into school graduating with a diploma in Arts and Illustration. From there Cherry became a freelance Illustrator. She has also done a bit of traveling.CherryM (11)

Steven: What was your  first Tattoo and if any what was the meaning behind it

Cherry Martini:  “My 1st Tattoo was a Tiger, Just a small one on back shoulder and i had my birth father in mind when i got it as he is Indian. I also wanted a tattoo more than anything in the world and would have gotten a pig riding a donkey if that were my only choice lol. I was 16”

Steven: It seems that you traveled a lot judging from your Facebook page, where was your favorite place/time in your travels?

Cherry Martini: “I love to Travel, I have been across from Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Ethiopia then to Uganda, north Africa where with some friends I met on the way, we built a house for Orphans, got our van chased by a Gorilla Solider with a gun, Had our vehicle Flipped on a dirt road in the Middle of the jungle where baboons stared at us from only meters away! Got bitten by a shit load of Blood sucking flies and had one of our boys catch Malaria from them. Give lollies to villagers where we were swarmed by children who had never laid eyes on a white person before, let alone one with tattoos and bright red hair lol. Got held at gun point for just wanting to post some postcards And came up to a meter away from a wild Bull elephant with out knowing it till we were right in front of him! And survived with photos to boot! One hell of a adventure, oh might i add with only a hundred dollars in my pocket!! Lol”

I’ve also traveled around New Zealand, Australia and to the Philippines where I brought a shit load of anime stuff .”

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Steven: What type of hobbies do you have?

Cherry Martini: “OMG I’m a Nerd lol My hobbies are: Tattoos, Alternative Clothing and shoes, Console Games!!!!! Final fantasy!!!!! Anime!!! Manga!! Fantasy novels. Cartoons that aint Anime lol. Pets. And well obviously, painting and photography etc”

Steven: So you like Comic Con, would you happen to have any Comic  Tattoos?

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Cherry Martini: “Yes i’m a big nerd! lol. Gamer, movies, comics, anime and manga!”

“I have J.Scott Campbell’s ‘Danger Girl’ comic, Abbey chase tattooed on my arm!! I have Jami Hewletts, Gorillaz’s Band member 2D on my forearm and am currently getting Kakashi from Naruto tattooed on my leg!”

Steven: “I noticed your butterfly tattoos on each of your wrist, do they have any meaning? If yes what, if no what CherryM (23)made you get them?”

Cherry Martini: “The Butterflies have faces of a girl in them and they are designs by Artist Martin F Emond and i got them on my wrists after he sadly took his own life. He was a inspiration to me deeply as a teenager and i got them over my wrists as i used to cut myself and with this stamp i promised never to do anything foolish again!”

Steven: Other then modeling what do you like to do for fun?

Cherry Martini: “Other than modeling and designing, I love to relax lol Hang out with my friends, go to house parties CherryM (1)or dinner. Also being a mum and taking my boy out shopping and stuff lol.”

Steven: What made you try out for the Miss Inked 2010?

Cherry Martini: “I tried out for Miss Inked because it looked like fun, plus you never have anything to lose lol. Upon seeing i have made it into the last 8 girls, im all excited and am really hoping i win now!!! lol So yes Please vote for me.”

You can find her pages here.

CherryM (13)

Facebook:www.facebook.com/misscherrymartinifanpage

Model Mayhem: http://www.modelmayhem.com/misscherrymartini

DeviantArt: http://miss-cherry-martini.deviantart.com/

Also if you have a Facebook account please go to http://www.facebook.com/misscherrymartini?v=wall&story_fbid=111357275587726&ref=notif&notif_t=share_reply#!/album.php?aid=200568&id=360547924233&ref=mf and vote for her for Cherry Martini to become the next Miss Inked.

Want more of this Cherry Martini you can find her here. Brutalitees, Pop Rock City, Dead Beat Magazine, Attitude Chick Photography, Visual Distortions, Larry Varly, Black Sunshine Clothing, Lizard Designs, Miss Skull and Bones, Miss Siege Art sales and Promotions, Start Struck Dezines.

Zach’s First Tattoo

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

 Recently a Co Worker/Friend of mine mentioned he was getting his first Tattoo. I ask if it was Ok if I tagged along, my initial intentions was to document the tattoo on video and put it on my blog for everyone. He talked with Benjamin Eliasz the Tattoo artist and he agreed to let me come in and document it. Well I didn’t get to my camera guy in time so I just ended up getting a few photos and a write-up.

The Tattoo Artist giving Zach his 1st Tattoo is Benjamin Eliasz from Eternal Tattoos on 14 mile in Clawson Michigan. He was in a Punk Band and was listening to some of their old stuff when we arrived at the parlor. We got into the discussion of liking the feel of a tattoos and he said “It’s funny because I love tattoos but hate getting them”. So before I start with Zach I interview Ben with a few short questions.

Steven Boucher: How Long have you been doing Tattoos

Benjamin Eliasz: Since July 2006

Steven Boucher: Do you remember the first Tattoo you ever given to someone.

Benjamin Eliasz: “Yes, It was a skull and cross-bones I gave to my mentor when I was still in my apprenticeship. He ask me to start drawing a skull and cross-bones then told me to go ahead and give him the tattoo. As an apprentice I was drawing all the time, it seemed like that’s all I would do everyday”

I then ask Zach to give me a little information about what went in to deciding to get this Tattoo and what it means to him.

Zach:

“This time four years ago, I felt very trapped in my life. There were a number of situations I was in, both personal and professional that kept my life in the same rut year after year. I’d just figured it was the hand I’d been dealt and the idea that I would ever get to leave the country on my salary or in my situation was just silly.”

“Through 2007 and 2008, a number of things happened in very quick succession, some more tragic than others. A number of situations in my life that I felt trapped in ended and through these events, I learned that the only reason I couldn’t see the world (or do just about anything I wanted to) was because I was telling myself I couldn’t. The only thing trapping myself was my own mind.”

I decided soon after to take a week’s vacation in Guatemala. It was affordable, warm, and had something really interesting, ancient Mayan ruins. I went in April 2009, but decided before going that I would be on the lookout for a symbol that really spoke to me and looked interesting enough that I might be willing to have it on my body for the rest of my life to remind me of my first trip out of the country (if Canada doesn’t count). The image I rested on was Chaac, the Mayan god of rain. chaacRaingod

“Aside from the fact that I love rainstorms, I found the location of this visage very interesting. The Mayans would build pyramids over the old ones. In order to find this face, archaeologists in Tikal had to take out part of the wall of the structure built over him to reveal this face. The rest of the wall is still in place and a roof of leaves was built over this hole to protect the stone face from (ironically enough) the rain.”

“I hadn’t chosen Ben specifically, but Eternal Tattoos was recommended to me by a friend who has 5 tattoos of her own. Ben was the first person who approached me. He looked at my picture and shook his head, telling me that if he did the tattoo exactly like that picture, it could come out blurry and wouldn’t age well. I came back the next day with additional pictures and from that, he did a sketch that replaced a lot of the detail in the statue that the original had lost over time. In total, we met 3 times before the actual inking took place. He gained my confidence by his unwillingness to just take what I’d shown him and put me in the chair and his ability to describe the shading and detail he’d be adding before he actually did it. “

And there you have it, a wise and well thought out first Tattoo. Don’t get me wrong not every tattoo has to have meaning behind it. You do have to like what you get though and I think for his first bit of ink Zach did a pretty good job at picking a tattoo out.

The Tattoo Artist giving Zach his 1st Tattoo is Benjamin Eliasz from Eternal Tattoos on 14 mile in Clawson Michigan. He was in a Punk Band and was listening to some of their old stuff when we arrived at the parlor. We got into the discussion of liking the feel of a tattoos and he said “Its funny because I love tattoos but hate getting them”. So before I start with Zach I interview Ben with a few short questions.

Steven Boucher: How Long have you been doing Tattoos

Benjamin Eliasz: Since July 2006

Steven Boucher: Do you remember the first Tattoo you ever given to someone.

Benjamin Eliasz: “Yes, It was a scull and cross bones I gave to my mentor when I was still in my apprenticeship. He ask me to start drawing a skull and cross bones then told me to go ahead and give him the tattoo. As an apprentice I was drawing all the time, it seemed like that’s all I would do everyday”

I then ask Zach to give me a little information about what went in to deciding to get this Tattoo and what it means to him.

Zach:

“This time four years ago, I felt very trapped in my life. There were a number of situations I was in, both personal and professional that kept my life in the same rut year after year. I’d just figured it was the hand I’d been dealt and the idea that I would ever get to leave the country on my salary or in my situation was just silly.”

“Through 2007 and 2008, a number of things happened in very quick succession, some more tragic than others. A number of situations in my life that I felt trapped in ended and through these events, I learned that the only reason I couldn’t see the world (or do just about anything I wanted to) was because I was telling myself I couldn’t. The only thing trapping myself was my own mind.”

I decided soon after to take a week’s vacation in Guatemala. It was affordable, warm, and had something really interesting, ancient Mayan ruins. I went in April 2009, but decided before going that I would be on the lookout for a symbol that really spoke to me and looked interesting enough that I might be willing to have it on my body for the rest of my life to remind me of my first trip out of the country (if Canada doesn’t count). The image I rested on was Chaac, the Mayan god of rain.[SinglePic not found]

“Aside from the fact that I love rainstorms, I found the location of this visage very interesting. The Mayans would build pyramids over the old ones. In order to find this face, archaeologists in Tikal had to take out part of the wall of the structure built over him to reveal this face. The rest of the wall is still in place and a roof of leaves was built over this hole to protect the stone face from (ironically enough) the rain.”

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“I hadn’t chosen Ben specifically, but Eternal Tattoos was recommended to me by a friend who has 5 tattoos of her own. Ben was the first person who approached me. He looked at my picture and shook his head, telling me that if he did the tattoo exactly like that picture, it could come out blurry and wouldn’t age well. I came back the next day with additional pictures and from that, he did a sketch that replaced a lot of the detail in the statue that the original had lost over time. In total, we met 3 times before the actual inking took place. He gained my confidence by his unwillingness to just take what I’d shown him and put me in the chair and his ability to describe the shading and detail he’d be adding before he actually did it. “

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And there you have it, a wise and well thought out first Tattoo. Don’t get me wrong not every tattoo has to have meaning behind it. You do have to like what you get though and I think for his first bit of ink Zach did a pretty good job at picking a tattoo out.

Brian Grover’s Creative vision

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

Here is a nice quick write up about Brian Grover. He creates a pretty unique and different environment for his Tattoo Parlor. Click her to check it out! Also check out their web site. Autonomy Tattoo $ Body Piercing

The 15th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

Title: The 15th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo
Location: Detroit Marriott/ Renassance Center Detroit Michigan

Description: Eternal Tattoos Inc. “est. 1980″ & Route 66 Tattoos welcomes you to the 15th Annual Motor City Tattoo Expo. Once again we have the biggest and best named tattoo artists attending and working the convention. You can see and view most of the attending artists work from our link of guest artist. If you would like to be tattooed at the convention by any of the attending artists please contact them from our guest artist list. Also know that all the artists are not booked for the weekend and most will be tattooing on a first come first served so please keep that in mind. If your new to the tattoo scene take your time and walk around and check out all the great work being done and note that all the artists have portfolios for you to view there work.

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Start Date: 2010-02-26
End Date: 2010-02-28

Eve Batelle of SoCalsAngels Bonding Ink with her sister.

Friday, February 5th, 2010

A good friend of mine, Eve Batelle of SoCalsAngels, wrote me a couple days ago. After getting a new tattoo she brought up a great point. If it is your first Tattoo, an artist tells you the care that your Tattoo should be getting. Remember, this is, to some extent, an open sore until it heals. So I figured I would cover her questions because I feel this is something you should ask your Artist every time you get a Tattoo. This was covered in Part one of the story.  Why you ask? Well things change. Not only do we find new advances in the Tattoo world but almost too often we forget the basics. Another reason is if you’re not going to the same artist you might get different ways to protect your tattoo. Always remember to ask the following basic questions if your Tattoo artist fails to inform you of the care for your new investment. So with that I promised the rest of her story and here it is.

First the Meaning behind the Tattoo

“So, my sister, Ace, and I, have been talking about getting matching tattoos forever. I’ve always said that the only time it is acceptable to get someone’s name or matching tattoos is when it’s a family member or someone who has passed away as they will never leave you. Blood is blood and those who have passed away need remembering. Husbands, boyfriends, music artists, they all come and go, so why put yourself through the pain of having to remember that break up every single time you look at it?”

Then there is the Time it takes to make sure your getting what you want and getting that perfect tattoo created.

“So, back to us, we’ve been talking about it for years. We know we’re not getting rid of each other in this life time or any other so we wanted something to connect us even more so than us just sharing a brain. While we have talked about it for years, we never had any idea what on earth we wanted or even where it would go.”

“Sitting down at a diner at home she started doodling on her paper placemat. No real intent of anything, just drawing while we were talking. When I looked down, I noticed that she was drawing our initials together in some very interesting ways. We have nicknames for each other that we use in public to avoid the crazies who want to pretend they know us or, if they do know us, we don’t want them recognizing us lol. I told her to keep going with the initials as I was liking where it was going. We had two months until her birthday and I wanted to make sure we had something good so that I could give her that gift of eternal bonding.”
“Slowly it morphed into an interesting design. While they are our nicknames’ initials, they didn’t look like letters, they didn’t look like simple initials, it was our talisman, our connection. When she raised her place mat for me to look at it, I said THAT’S IT, took a picture and that was that.”
And then for the Artist and Tattoo Parlor. Notice she went back to a trusted source.

“We walked into the tattoo shop that I get absolutely everything done at, 1st Amendment in Temecula, CA, and put down our drawing and, as we are craptastic artists, asked him what he could do to make that something that we would be proud to have on our bodies for the rest of our lives. Bert (whom I highly recommend!) went to work and came out with the talisman that was our initials. When he asked where we thought we wanted it we both immediately touched the inside of our left wrists. Laughing we said let’s do it and here they are!”

And then the Finished Product!

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A Journey to a Traditional Tattoo (Sak Yant Part 2)

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

So I promised the follow-up to the Sak Yant, and here it is. This journey is pretty interesting to me and is what I am looking for when I say meaning behind a Tattoo. The difference is that this not only has meaning and a well thought out reason it also has a journey that goes along with it. The following is the story of Marianne told in her own words.

“I began getting tattoos when I was about 21 years old but had always been interested in traditional methods, such as Tebori (Japanese) and other tap methods such as used in Thailand for the Sak Yant.  Although there are artists in The States who offer clients tap method (without ceremony), I wanted to travel overseas for my own and truly experience traditional tattooing.”

“In early 2007 I finally was able to do just that. I was traveling to Asia for a charity education project and was going to be in Bangkok, Thailand as a central point while traveling in-between Myanmar and Cambodia.  I was staying at a popular hotel and had asked the front desk where the best traditional tattoo parlor was and if they felt I would be accepted for a tattoo. The hotel manager contacted Ajarn Noo Kanpai’s Samnak to see if they had any room for me and if Arjan (sometimes called Ajarn) Noo Kanpai himself would be able to tattoo me. Since he is no longer a monk, he is allowed to touch/tattoo women so this was very fortunate for me. I was accepted and told to come to the Samnak the very next morning with my translator.”

“Upon arrival at the Samnak (Samnak Ajarn Noo: 95/5 MOO.1 Tumbol Bangkayang Ampur Muang Patumtani Thailand 12000 Tel.0-2975-2799 Mobile.0-1363-1252 , 0-9144-9456 Website: www.arjannoo.com) it was very quiet. The Samnak looked like a large house with a slightly winding outer staircase up to the tattooing area. I removed my shoes at the bottom of the stairs and began to climb to enter the Samnak. There were about 30 Thais all waiting to get tattooed by the various artists. I was the only Farang (Westerner or Foreigner of European descent) in the Samnak. I took this time to pay homage to Buddha with a flower lei I had bought just for the occasion and some Thai Baht ($). I was told that Arjan Noo was in meditation and that he would see me when I was finished I was going to be first!  I was relieved because of two reasons, I felt it was special to be the first after meditation and also for some reason, although their practices are very safe and hygienic and I was not accustomed to their method, I still had some safety concerns.”

“When Arjan Noo was finished, I spoke to my translator about the correct way to approach him.  It wasn’t so much the respect for Arjan Noo I had to worry about, but the Budhas all behind and around him.   So I approached Arjan Noo as I would approach any temple by kneeling as soon as I was on the rug in front of altar. I was sure to keep my head always lower than Buddha’s, and never pointing my feet at Buddha, always facing the temple until I was well off the rug and still kept my head down.”

“I was asked what I did for a living, what I did for leisure and where I felt I was lacking. My translator and Arjan Noo as well as Arjan Noo’s accountant negotiated a price for a tattoo what he felt I would benefit from. He decided on a Sak Yant on the left shoulder (the left because the left arm is the receiving arm) and it would be a yantra for protection from death and injury as well as for prosperity and inner peace. This was exactly what I needed. However I was apprehensive because I knew that Angelina Jolie had gotten a Sak Yant by Arjan Noo (I do not know what hers is for, as I am sure it was very personal). He had suggested a tiger at first and I was very reluctant to get something so large; I also didn’t want a tiger tattoo. That was when he asked me about my life and chose the Sak Yant.”

“After the exchange of the appropriate funds, about 2-3 times the amount for a tattoo in the US this size and time, we began. Arjan Noo began cleaning my back and then drew on the design, and then the tattoo began…”

“I must say I was surprised at the sensation. It didn’t feel anything like a Western tattoo machine. There was no stinging, burning or that vibration that feels like electricity going through you. It felt like being punched and it bled more than the usual tattoos I had gotten. Although it didn’t really hurt incredibly much, it was not comfortable. I began meditating to soak up the experience and get everything out what I had traveled so far to do. Meditation made it much better.  When I had finished, I opened my eyes and many of the other customers had been staring at me. I almost think they were wondering if I was going to pass out. They had not seen that I already had tattoos so I am not sure what they thought.  There were two other girls waiting to get a Sak Yant when I was there, the rest were young men. The other art around the room was truly amazing, some men must have taken years to accumulate the amount of ink that they had. All in the traditional method as well.

“About 25 minutes later he had finished,  After cleaning with alcohol and then oils I was then bandaged and waited my turn to be blessed. Then the ceremony began. This was the best part. I wasn’t aware this would happen and I felt privileged. Arjan Noo blesses you and this is integral for the “magic” to work. He began by placing a piece of paper above my head as I drew my hands together at the heart. He then began splashing water from a split bamboo wand and then he placed the paper between his closed hands and prayed. He then blew on it and then he gave me the paper. During the ceremony I had lost track of time. I honestly do not even know how long it took to this day. I just know I felt honored to have gone through it. If you would like to see a video of Arjan Noo performing a tattoo and blessing ritual: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGWI_6meq1I (this is not me obviously).”

 

“I was told that in order for the magic of the Sak Yant to work I must abstain from Drinking, Smoking, Drugs and Sex. Although I could abstain from two of them, I couldn’t find myself not having the occasional glass of wine. However, part of me really feels as though it does work because I engage in many dangerous sports and have never been really hurt. Who knows, maybe it is simply luck or coincidence but whatever the case, I wouldn’t change a thing. Anyway, he gave me one of his books and told me to come back and help the Thai people (referring to the charity project I was there for to begin with.) I said I would send a photo and return and thanked him and bid him Sawadika and left.”

“Healing was not the usual experience I was accustomed to. My shoulder blade had bruised in a few areas. The strangest? There was no scabbing or lifting of the ink.  It had healed in about 3 days and I think that was what surprised me the most, Even the bruises were gone in about 4 days! “

“I do plan on going back to Arjan Noo’s and getting another tattoo again. But am also looking into the Tebori method very soon. I was unable to get my tattoo done while I was in Japan, but will return.”

Now that is getting a tattoo with some meaning behind it. If you find this interesting let me know I can write up more about the Sak Yant and other traditional tattoos. Or if you would like to have your tattoo story featured on my blog contact me.

The Sak Yant Traditional Tattoo

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

The Sak Yan is a traditional tattoo that is done in Southeast Asian Countries, such as Thailand and Cambodia. Also known as “Magic Tattoos”, there are usually given with meaning behind it. Sak meaning “to tap” and Yant derived from Yantra meaning “sacred Geometric design”.  You might recognize it from the one on Angelina Jolie’s tattoos. Remember, just because a star gets a tattoo does not mean someone else gets one. Usually a star does not influence a person to get a tattoo design. The Sak Yant is a tattoo that one gets that has a prayer or a blessing over the person it is on. Remember try not to insult a person when looking at their tattoo by saying “Oh, you got that because (insert celebrities name) got it?” This can be an insult to the person who wears it.

For centuries the Buddhist monks would give this tattoo and today can only give it to men. Some tattoo artist in will place the tattoo on a female but a true Buddhist Monk is forbidden from giving the ink to a female. Later I will be doing a story of a female who received a Sak Yant from a tattoo artist who used to study the Buddhist Religion. The artist himself has an amazing story. He used to be a gangster over in Thailand and when he ran into trouble he was given the opportunity to become a Monk. With the plea bargain his mother was able to get for him. During his journey of becoming a Monk he found an interest in tattooing that he decided to become a tattoo artist instead. I have included photos of the tools used to.

I am trying to start a page with different types of tattoos which will include the meaning and origin.  If you have ideas or a type of tattoo you would like featured, please contact me with the information using my “Contact Me” page on the right.

Also if you would like to be featured on my page use the “Contact Me” page as well. I would like to do a write up for you.

The Tattoo kit is from Myanmar and the tattoo from Thailand, but the writing is Khmer (ancient Cambodian)

A Guardian Angel (Maria’s Behind the Ink Story)

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

Last week I was pretty excited to get a message from Maria telling me she wanted to tell her story on my page. Not only is this my first “Behind the Ink” tale, but she’s also a friend of mine on Twitter. http://twitter.com/PartyGurle

 Maria’s inspiration for her tattoo has not only meaning behind it but a story that she enjoys telling. Although the Inspiration to her tattoo has many points that could be made, I want to focus mainly on the tattoo. Since Maria is such a great writer, I’ll be using her write-up for this part of the blog.

 “I was working at JC Penney’s at the time of Princess Diana’s death. I remember a coworker of mine buying up a bunch of the little Guardian Angel birthstone pins from the jewelry department and going around giving them to us. She gave me an Emerald one for May. Ever since that day, I’ve had that guardian hanging from my rear view mirror.”

Angel

“But even then, it wasn’t until 2000, when I lost my 3rd friend in 2 years, that I seriously made a point of religiously wearing my seatbelt.”

“In June 2007, I was involved in a fatal car accident. Of the three involved, I was the luckiest with the least physical injuries coming away with only a right broken foot and a severely sprained left ankle leaving both legs splinted for at least 6-8 weeks among several cuts and bruises and severe whiplash that lasted two days. When my mother collected whatever of my belongings were still salvageable from my car a few days later, there was the necklace my sister had given me for Christmas one year, with my Guardian Angel still pinned to it. When I got a new car, the first thing I put in it was that Guardian Angel pin.”

“Having recently returned to my faith, I strongly believe in Guardian Angels and firmly believe that mine never left me, no matter how far or how long I strayed.”

“It was in October 2007, four months after the accident, that I came to the firm decision on a new tattoo – a Guardian Angel, to signify my ordeal from that fatal accident, which was a life-changing event for me.”

“So I got a recommendation on a parlor here in town. I thought long and hard about it being that the state (SC) just recently started allowing tattooing. Used to be we had to drive across the border to get a tattoo and I had gotten my first two in Charlotte, NC. Too bad the shop that my original artist worked at was no longer open because I would have gone back to him. However, this artist here came highly recommended, having a tattoo shop in Japan also. She came to SC specifically to open a shop. She even had a hand in helping pass the laws for tattooing here in SC.”

Tattoo Angel

 “So I went in to see her and told her what I wanted. I explained to her what happened and what I wanted my guardian angel to look like. I wanted her to be kneeling in a way as if she was above looking over the edge of a cloud down at me, watching over me, and I wanted her wings to have a lot of definition with the feathers. ”

Maria had several differences with the original artist and since then has decided to complete the tattoo with a different artist. I will post more on this later but for now Maria has plans to complete the Angel detail with brown hair and clouds surrounding her.

If you would like to tell your story Contact me by using the Contac me Link located on the right side of my blog. Maria’s Blog can be found at http://partygurle.blogspot.com/