I love tattoos and wanted to share my current tattoos. I’ll update this as I get them. In order in which they were received:
1. Fleur De Lis Tattoo
I got my first tattoo the summer after graduating high school. This one didn’t hurt too bad, except when the needle went over a couple veins on the top of my foot. It’s a pretty fluer de lis, which is a symbol my family has adopted. All four of us have a fleur de lis tattooed on us, which I think is pretty cool. My mom got a matching one of this one. Tim Beck designed this tattoo and Kyle Berg tattooed it at Freedom Ink in Peoria, Illinois.
2. Feather Tattoo
I took a bit of a break and got this in the spring of 2011. I went for the very painful placement of ribs. I got a feather simply because I liked the aesthetic and because my great grandma had just passed away and her favorite animal was a chicken. I thought it’d be a cute way to incorporate that. Tim Beck at Freedom Ink did this one and he did it fast, which was greatly appreciated.
3. Moon Tattoo
This was a spur of the moment thing in 2012. I liked it. Plain and simple. I grew up with Harry Potter and wanted a slight nod to that and my favorite cartoon when I was younger was Sailor Moon, so I guess it represents my youth. But mainly, I just really like moons.
4. Pawprint Tattoo
I got this tattoo on my left ankle in 2012, too. I actually took over a deposit my brother put down for his girlfriend at the time but then she broke up with them. I’d been saying that I wanted a paw print of my pup, Lola, for a long time and the opportunity presented itself! I love this tattoo and Tim Beck at Freedom Ink did a fantastic job.
5. Krupp Tattoo
When I took western civilization at Bradley, I noticed mention of the Krupp family in Germany from the WWII era. They did bad stuff, though… but Krupps is a quite unique name and is an Americanized version of Krupp. Well, they owned a steel company and this was their logo. I got it for the simplicity and to represent family.
6. Live Love Laugh Handwriting Tattoo
My Grandma Frenchie (my dad’s mom) passed away this past fall. She wore a necklace that said “live love laugh” on it for as long as I can remember. I decided to take her handwriting from an old card I still have from her for the “love” and have my other grandma and mom do the “live” and “laugh.” It turned out so well and I really love it. Tim Beck at Freedom Ink did this one.
7. Wild Flowers Tattoo
July 1st, I went back to Freedom Ink and had a wild flower tattoo done by Tim Beck on my hip and thigh area. I showed Tim the style I was drawn to and he drew me up this that just fit perfectly on my body. It took about an hour to do and it hurt really bad on the edges. Very much worth it though, it’s so pretty!
8. Harry Potter Half Sleeve
I started on my Harry Potter half sleeve in June 2016. It took 3 sessions to complete and was finished in March 2017. Tim Beck from Freedom Ink did all of it. I have the wolf as my patronus wearing the Ravenclaw diadem. There are some flowers from the Weasley’s garden, a flying key, a vial of liquid luck, and a few other adornments.
9. Candy Hearts Tattoo
My first non-Freedom Ink tattoo! I’ve been wanting to branch out and try some other shops and when I saw Sam Lott from Maiden Voyage post some Valentine’s Day flash, I fell in love with these candy hearts. We customized the color, added a sassy message and some sparkles.
10. Picasso’s Dachshund Line Art
I’ve wanted this for years and finally got a chance to do it! One of my brother’s best friends (Brice Welton) is actually a tattoo artist up in Chicago and specializes in small, dainty tattoos like this, so I asked if he’d be willing to do it! Picasso “borrowed” a friends Dachshund, named Lump (German for rascal), for about 6 years and absolutely fell in love with him. Lump was featured in a good handful of Picasso’s art, but most notably is this line art drawing. As a doxie lover, I’ve wanted this tattoo for a very long time and I am just in love with it!