almost every year for the last 10 I have added to my tattoo on or near my birthday. Some elements were completely separated, only to be connected over time. It started at my low back, and there are hidden initials of all my boys. But, this last addition (pictured above all fresh and shiny) is sewing related.
When I was young, it was not allowed to even consider a tattoo. For starters it gave my step dad the heeby jeebies to even consider tattooing. It was outlawed with the statement: ” while I pay your health insurance you will not tattoo or pierce anything”. So what did I do as soon as I could? got a few piercings. After that fallout at 18, I kept it quiet until I was 23, then, I got my first tattoo. And I had been paying for my own health insurance for a while.
My dad never really was comfortable with it, but it was his own aversion. He did like that every piece except the fish (and now the sewing machine and scissors) has been my own work and follows who I am, a little loose and flowy. Not super structured, but there is a symmetry involved. It does wrap over my shoulder and come down about 3 ” and then around my hip a few inches too. I’ve been adding colors here and there as well, and while I keep working on it, I decided this new one needed to be black. I’m really liking having my love and need for sewing stamped right there, another component to the doodling.
Do you have any tattoos? what are they? do you want more?