Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes!

Jeg innrømmer gjerne at jeg er ganske hemmelighetsfull rundt tatoveringene mine, men det er kanskje litt drøyt å la være å nevne dem overhodet når de faktisk er en ganske stor del av meg? Det har jo etterhvert blitt åtte-ni stykker. Det er en god stund siden min siste tatovering nå. Det var chest piece jeg fikk til bursdagen min, utført av Tom Erik ved Tom's Tattoo her i Trondheim. Før det hadde jeg min siste tatoveringstime i 2011, kanskje 2012. Jeg husker ærlig talt ikke helt, men da ble jeg tatovert av Elton ved Flaming Heart Tattoo i Trondheim - en coverup av denne (høyre).

En gang tatovert, alltid tatovert. Alle som har en tatovering eller to vet at suget kommer umiddelbart etter at man er nytatovert, og det er ikke annerledes hos meg. For noen måneder siden fikk jeg for meg at jeg ville starte på et større prosjekt, og Fugl Føniks ville passe meg rimelig bra. Ikke bare er jeg et ganske typisk ildtegn, men Fugl Føniks symboliserer også gjenfødsel, som for meg er en påminnelse om å aldri gi opp - men å reise meg igjen og kjempe videre. Idéen vokste seg større og større, og i takt med den også tatoveringen, og til slutt bestemte jeg meg for at den skulle starte sånn omtrent ved brystet, gå nedover venstre side, over hoften og nedover låret. En ting er at jeg elsker tatoveringer, men en trist realitet er jo at også jeg har kroppskomplekser, og for meg vil Føniks være et ledd i å bli mer komfortabel med å være lettkledd eller uten klær overhodet.

Hva skjedde så? Jo, jeg gjorde en avtale med Tom Erik ved Tom's Tattoo, og 16. mai fikk jeg den første delen av Føniksen min på kroppen. It hurt like a motherfucker!.. la det ikke være noen tvil om det liksom. Tidvis kjentes det ut som om at han skar i meg med en brennheit skalpell, og tidvis var jeg ikke sikker på om jeg skulle grine eller spy, men jeg overlevde med skryt fra tatovereren selv og fem dager senere begynte den å flasse. Etter vel 2,5 time prydet Føniks hode og hals omsider øvre del av min venstre side, og dens høyre vinge ligger over brystkassen min - den er fantastisk, og bedre blir det!

«As the legend goes, when the Phoenix resurrects from the flames, she's even more beautiful than before»
- Danielle LaPorte


Meet Shamini the Toon

I've had an exhausting, but awesome day! Therèse from Pink Ink Tattoo Studio came to do my tattoo, or should I say tattoos. The whole session took about five hours, and it hurt like a motherf*cker when she tattooed my wrist, across the tendon. I don't think I'll do the other arm anytime soon, that's for sure!

My first and foremost tattoo was one I've been thinking about and planning for several years, I kid you not. It's something as unusual as a toon version of myself. She's depicted standing up (as opposed to sitting in a wheelchair), she's got my hair and my brown eyes, she's wearing one of the outfits I've been obsessing the most about (ask anyone who knows me, I've got 18 skirts like that in my closet) with matching boots. She's also wearing a halo around her ankle to underline the fact that she's not quite as innocent as she appears to be. Looks can be deceiving. And I love it! Therèse did a fabulous job, and I can't stop admiring her. She's covering most of my underarm, reaching from my wrist to my elbow, and she's done mainly in black and white. I'll be posting some more pictures as she heals, she looks a lot better in real life than she does in the picture. What can I say? The shading is nothing less than awesome!

I clearly proved myself to me a real dare devil, because I actually had another tattoo done during the same session. My second tattoo is a paw print. A Chihuahua's paw. Theo's paw! I decided to place it directly above the wrist on my left hand, left since it's the side of the heart, and pointing inwards towards my index finger. Now I will carry him with me forever.

Before she finished up she did some work on my finger tattoos, the ones I got at Trondheim Tattoo Convention in 2008. Unfortunately she couldn't do much, but she managed to redo what was supposed to be a shamrock, or clover, so now it actually looks like a shamrock! She was able to change the lettering on my left hand a little, but the right hands is doomed. Sure, it looks a lot better now than it did before, but because the space on a finger is so limited there was little to be done with the actual script. I'll be posting some pictures of the rest of the work as soon as they heal a little.

Thank you so, so much Therèse. You have no idea what you actually did for me today, I'm forever grateful, and I absolutely love my new jewels! It was really nice meeting you, and I'm pretty sure we'll meet again in the near future.

Please respect that this is a personal tattoo, do not steal my picture!
Photo © Shamini Thevarajah 2010


Inked in May

I've been talking about getting another tattoo for a long time now, but I haven't gotten around to it after I had to cancel the appointment I had with Elton at Flaming Heart here in Trondheim. I'm still a little sad about that. Well, Monica tipped me about Pink Ink Tattoo Studio in Oslo, and when I saw from her website that she was coming to Trondheim in May I decided to ask her whether or not she might have time to squeeze me in for a tattoo. I had already seen her sketches, and I began thinking that she might be the one to draw one of the ideas I've been brewing on for several years now. She accepted the challenge, and yesterday I received the first draft of my soon-to-be tattoo. I'm in love! She had captured my idea perfectly, even Øyvind said that it looked exactly as he had pictured it from hearing me describing it. She did magic with her pencil and conjured up the perfect tattoo for me, a tattoo I can't wait to show off with pride.

It's happening on May 7th, pictures will come as soon as it's done.
Thank you a million times, Therèse!


Planning ink!

Last August I made an appointment to get my fifth tattoo done at Flaming Heart Tattoo. Apparently this is a very popular studio, and having seen Elton's work I certainly understand why. Unfortunately it turned out that there was a wait of about six months for the next free spot, and when the time arrived in the beginning of December I had to cancel my appointment due to the fact that I had just recovered from being sick for more than eight weeks. It was very disappointing, because I'd been looking forward to having ink done by Elton after the horrific disaster the last one turned out to be, but I just didn't dare taking the chance on getting sick all over again. Now, I'm planning on going back there to see if we can give it another try, but I'm a little put off by the fact that there's a small step to get into the studio, and no ramp. I prefer to take my electric wheelchair, but there's no way in hell I'm getting in without a ramp. 150 kilos it a wee bit too much to lift.

Lately I've been thinking about something, a motif, I initially wanted to get as my very first tattoo, but since I can't draw anything but stick figures and couldn't find anyone wanting to draw something as permanent as a tattoo, I put my idea on hold. Now I've found a very nice tattooist, and I've been e-mailing back and forth with her about this idea. It seems very promising, and I'm kinda excited to see what she comes up with. And if everything goes according to my plan I'll have ink done in the beginning of May - how cool is that? I'm not telling you anything else yet. You'll see who, what and where whenever it's finished.