Because I am cool* and a secret hipster** I wanted to keep you all on your toes and introduce you all to my second tattoo first. In March 2014 I went to my local tattoo parlour with a design I saw online and asked them to ink it on my skin.
Miso (real name Stanislava Pinchuk) creates beautiful homemade tattoos in exchange for items or services (such as books or tailoring) rather than money. When I saw her minimalist work, I fell in love. What she creates are my perfect designs and what I would like to adorn my skin with.
However she only designs tattoos for her friends sadly we aren’t BFFs! So instead I decided to find something which appealed to me aesthetically, something I found beautiful. What I find meaningful changes so I was hoping that something I find beautiful would still be beautiful in thirty years’ time. And I fell in love with these Australian wildflowers. Miso designed this exchange for a house plant and a necklace. Well, actually I fell in love with a lot of her designs and if I ever get another tattoo I would love to have something else designed by Miso.
This tattoo hurt more than I remember my first one hurting. I remember going home that evening with my arm in cling film and my Dad asking why I’d gotten twigs tattooed. That still makes me laugh! They are the prettiest twigs I could have gotten permanently inked on my arm.
Three years later I can confirm that I still love this tattoo. I love the end result, its delicacy and its beauty and other people’s reaction to it. Initially I regretted where I’d chosen to have it, but now love it. I smile when I see it and absently trace the pattern with my other hand.
Do you have a story behind your tattoos? Share them with me!