Inked Part II

Today on Amica we conclude our ink week with some decorated ladies…

Aimee

Inked lady Aimee with some mates.

Inked lady Aimee with some mates.

Amica: How many tattoos do you currently have?
Aimee: At the moment I have thirteen, but a few are cover-ups or add-ons. If you included every appointment I’d had, I’d actually have 19! But I am that number will change soon—I have an appointment this Friday.

Amica: Where are they on your body?
Aimee: Right arm—almost a sleeve: a locket and two roses for my Nan; the word ‘Imagine’ on my wrist in honour of the wonderful John Lennon; and a quill representing my writing and editing background. I’m about to get a beautiful gypsy lady on my shoulder to complete it!
Left arm—two traditional flowers on my wrist with my brother’s initials (he’s my rock!); and the word, ‘serendipity’ on the inside of my bicep, to celebrate surviving a painful and destructive relationship (and what felt like the end of the world), to begin a life that was full of so much more happiness and fulfilment than I had ever experienced before. Phew!
Front hip—a symbol for peace surrounded by roses.
Back of neck—the Buddhist karma prayer ‘Om mani padme hum’ which I got in Peru after a visit to India.
Back—my lucky number ‘eleven’ (which I got on 11/11/11).
Back hip—a butterfly to honour my ex boyfriend who was killed in a car accident when I was 16.
Ribs—a traditional style ‘Mum’ in a heart on the most recent Mother’s Day. She is my everything!

Amica: Are they coloured/black/combination of both?
Aimee: They were all black at first, but I have now started introducing colour. Turquoises, blues and reds.

Amica: Do all your tattoos have significant meaning to you? Do they all link to the same theme?
Aimee: Most of them are represent the things I love—family, music, writing or as a result of travelling. The things that are the most important to me I suppose!

Amica: Do you have a favourite tattoo? 
Aimee: Tough question! I do really like my quill, however I would probably have to say my ‘Imagine’ tattoo because of the story. I am a massive Beatles/Lennon fan (thanks to my Nan and Dad) and in 2009 that led me to travel across the world to America, the UK and India to experience the places they lived in, and loved. I got the tattoo after visiting a Lennon exhibition that Yoko was running at the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Soho, New York. I loved the show so much that afterwards I wanted to do something to remember it. My friend and I Googled for the nearest tattoo parlour to the show, and there was one right around the corner. It was designed based on Lennon’s handwriting, and inked within the hour. I love it to bits and I have never once reconsidered it.

Aimee's quill.

Aimee’s quill.

Amica: Did you always want lots of tattoos or did you get addicted along the way?
Aimee: I have always admired others who have a lot of tattoos; particularly women as it can be considered taboo. For a long time I had been too afraid to have a lot of visible ones done myself—probably due to the fear of others’ opinions, and of if it would ever cause issues at work. However, as I’ve grown older I have much more confidence in myself and understand that my capabilities as an employee/daughter/friend etc. have nothing to do with how much ink is on my skin! These days, I have so much more self-love for myself, and I place a lot of importance on living life true to my heart—and my heart enjoys expressing itself through art in this way.

I also have the privilege of working in a creative field, and currently with great people where things like tattoos don’t define your ability to do your job. I don’t think I would ever want to work in an environment that wasn’t like that either.

Family-wise, it’s at the point now where mum and I sat on the couch together looking on Pinterest for ideas for the Mother’s Day heart I got her. She even did her crossword book next to me while I had it done!

Some more of Aimee's ink.

Some more of Aimee’s ink.

Amica: Have you had any cover ups? Any regrets?
Aimee: A few cover ups. When I was 16 and my friend died in the car accident I was one of five others (all boys) who got an Australian flag in his honour, as he was booked in to get one himself. My parents had to sign a statutory declaration because I was so young! But they have always supported me following my heart. Five years later, it had faded a lot, and I considered recolouring it—but instead decided to cover it with something more feminine: a black butterfly. It was another special symbol of him I shared with his family, so it would still be in his honour. There is also a story behind the flowers/peace arrangement on my hip (yes, it involved someone’s name!) but after a few tweaks over several years, I am, as the symbol represents, at peace with it.

I haven’t regretted a single tattoo of mine, even my cover-ups. They are all part of my story (which is a tapestry of spontaneous decisions!), I love each of them and I wear them proudly.

Amica: Are you planning on getting more tattoos?
Aimee: I am working on filling up the sleeve on my right arm, which is an interesting task as I am quite picky. I want it to represent all of the things I love the most—whilst keeping them looking feminine but in the traditional ‘flash’ style I like. Next will be something to represent travel—a smiling gypsy lady (picture below)!

Aimee's gypsy lady

Aimee’s gypsy lady

Amica: Do you use the same tattooist each time? Recommend anyone in particular?
Aimee: In the last year or so, I’ve mostly gone to Nick at Freestyle in Canberra. From the start, he was super accommodating to my personalised (and often picky!) pieces, and he always does such a good job. The pieces you get are much more special when you consider your artist a friend as well.

Jamie Kirchin at Hunter and Fox in Sydney did the amazing work on the two roses on my arm, and next I am booked in to see Andrew at Chapel Tattoo in Melbourne for the gypsy. My tip: make sure you do your research to find an artist with the right style for what you are after—you can’t just pick a reference picture and hope any random artist will be able to (or want to) replicate it exactly. Even if it means you have to travel interstate to get the right person, and relay with them about a design, you would have made the right decision. 🙂

Anita

Anita's design.

Anita’s design.

 

Amica: How many tattoos do you currently have?
Anita: Three

Amica: Where are they on your body?
Anita: Right ankle, Right palm and back of neck (the tattoo on my right palm and back of neck are the same image, though the one on the back of my neck is larger. The reason I have the same tattoo on my palm is so I remember I have it on my neck, lol)

Amica: Are they coloured/black/combination of both?
Anita: Combination of both

Amica: Do all your tattoos have significant meaning to you? Do they all link to the same theme?
Anita: The one on my leg represents my family (image of 4 flowers), and the one on my palm (A + A) represents ‘Anita loves All’.

Anita's flowers.

Anita’s flowers.

 

Amica: Do you have a favourite tattoo? 
Anita: The one on my palm, as this is my own design

Amica: Did you always want lots of tattoos or did you get addicted along the way?
Anita: No I always wanted one when I was older, though I waited until I was 25 for my first one. Before I had the second and third one, I designed it and hung it on my desk at work, it was a screen saver on my phone, hung above my bed for around 2 years, I did this so I was sure it was exactly what I wanted ie. If I didn’t like seeing it for that long, why would I get it permently?

Amica: Have you had any cover ups? Any regrets?
Anita: No, love them

Amica: Are you planning on getting more tattoos? If so, what?
Anita: Yes, I would love to have a music note tattooed on my heart, as I love music!

Amica: Do you use the same tattooist each time? Recommend anyone in particular?
Anita: I used Brono in Fyshwick ACT, but he passed away 3 years ago 🙁

 

Liv

Liv's chest piece.

Liv’s chest piece.


Amica: How many tattoos do you currently have? Where are they on your body?

Liv: I have many. First it started a silly home job with Indian ink! It was on the top of my wrist with Chinese characters that said I Love You. Second was the typical 90’s ankle tattoo that has no meaning whatsoever (a small tribal dragon tattoo but this time professionally done). Third was a little Japanese Koi that covered the home job (haha). Fourth is a small butterfly between my shoulders blades. Fifth is a large lotus on my lower back that creeps up my spine. Sixth is a tatt I got with dad’s initials and year of birth and passing on my wrist. Seventh is a big script with cherry blossoms across my chest and lucky last and my favorite tattoo is a half arm piece of Peonies that I absolutely love!

Amica: Are they coloured/black/combination of both?
Liv: A combination of the green, black and coloured.

Amica: Do all your tattoos have significant meaning to you? Do they all link to the same theme?
Liv: My first tattoo was when I was around 16. It had no meaning, not much thought went into it except all my friends did it, then so did I! I have several tattoos, the early ones had no meanings, just something I liked, a picture or script and now as I get older I tend to take my time to really think of why I want, where on my body and each one must have a meaning to me.

Amica: Do you have a favourite tattoo?
Liv: Yes my last arm piece. It’s so feminine and beautiful!

Liv's favourite tattoo.

Liv’s favourite tattoo.

Amica: Did you always want lots of tattoos or did you get addicted along the way?

Liv: I never really thought about it. I love tattoos that are tastefully done. You can really appreciate the art in a good tattoo. I don’t mind getting more, I’ve already got a few so maybe I could be addicted!

Amica: Have you had any cover ups? Any regrets?
Liv: No regrets. Just lessons learnt and memories made. Yes I’ve covered up my first tattoo. The home job 🙂

Amica: Are you planning on getting more tattoos? If so, what?Liv: Yes. I am going to fix the tattoo I got in NZ with dad’s initials next. The lines don’t meet up. I was on holidays and just wanted a tattoo.

Amica: Do you use the same tattooist each time? Recommend anyone in particular?
Liv: My last few tattoos were done by Ross from Freestyle Tattoo. I love his work and the time he takes to get the job done to his high expectations. I highly recommend him.

 

Lisa

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Lisa’s favourite piece – butterfly on her ribs.

 

Amica: How many tattoos do you currently have and where are they on your body?
Lisa: Five, one on each of the outter side of my ribs, inside of my left ankle, left wrist and right hip bone.

Amica: Are they coloured/black/combination of both?
Lisa: Both

Amica: Do all your tattoos have significant meaning to you?
Lisa: All of my tattoos are about a signifigant time/stage in my life, my first tattoo was a few days before I turned 18, it is the sacred heart. My second tattoo was done when when I was 20, seemed like a great idea at the time, it is a Chinese symbol on my wrist. My third tattoo was done with a group of really close friends, we all got the same symbols on our inner ankle, the word friendship in Mandarin. My fourth tattoo is on my left rib, it is the Chinese symbol for promise with my wedding date under it. My husband and I got the same tattoo in the same spot using the same stencil, it was to acknowledge our first year of marriage, as I was heading away for six months with work, so we didn’t get to spend our actual anniversary together. My fifth tattoo is on the right side of my ribs it is the biggest tattoo that I have, about the size of deck of cards. It is a butterfly coming into land from a side angle in a mix of pastel colours.

Amica: Do you have a favourite tattoo? If so, which one and why?
Lisa: I love my butterfly tattoo, it is amazingly beautiful, with lots of colour, and the position of it is under my bra strap so it like a little secret that only gets seen by the outside world when I wear my swimmers. I got this tattoo when my husband and I were in LA from High Voltage (aka LA ink). My husband was on a mid deployment two week break, and we were at the end of the 14th month of a total of 17.5 months apart from each other due to work requirements. So the landing position of the butterfly was all about his home coming (even though it was a few months off) and the butterfly was all about new beginnings.

Amica: Did you always want lots of tattoos or did you get addicted along the way?
Lisa: I was never a fan of tattoos on girls, but they are a very personal and individual choice. My tattoos are all in a place that can be easily covered up when required, eg at work or making impressions.

Amica: Have you had any cover ups? Any regrets?
Lisa: No cover ups, I think that only one that I regret is the one on my left wrist, it was done when I was at a bad stage in my life, it has been done in black ink, I considered a cover up but then decided against it because it would make the tattoo larger. I think in time I will look at having it removed, but for now I will leave it as is, because it is a reminder that there are bad points in life and whilst it is great to focus on the happy times it is also the harder/bad times that shape who we are.

Amica: Are you planning on getting more tattoos? If so, what?
Lisa: Other than my first tattoo I have never really planned any, it is more of a spare of the moment type thing (when I say spare of the moment, I mean I will have an idea of a pic I want but have to wait until the right time and mood strikes.

Amica: Do you use the same tattooist each time? Recommend anyone in particular?
Lisa: I have always used different tattoo artists, because of work I move around a lot and I have always found that each tattoo artist has different views, so their views are I guess reflected in the tattoo. However having said that I always do my research on the artist, eg google the tattoo artist and shop, and look at their previous work to make sure that it is along the lines of what I want done.

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