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!