Since it’s barely been 24 hours since the work was done, I was hesitant to post any pictures of my new tattoos. They’re scabby and the eyes of the ravens are not yet popping out (because they’re scabby) and did I mention that they’re, well, scabby?
But I can’t resist. The bandages came off and I admired them a whole lot and Coffee took pictures for me this evening. So now I’m shaaaaaring. :)
Ramona has long been my (literary) hero. She’s quirky and opinionated and funny and, as a kid, I wanted to be like her. I even swore that if I had a daughter I’d name her Ramona. To have her tattooed on my arm makes me crazy-happy.
Every time I look at her yelling face I smile.
I chose ravens to represent the boys because of their intelligence and mischievous nature (both the boys AND ravens). Each boy picked out an eye colour and I let Borden, the tattoo artist, determine which bird was given which eye colour (so no one could claim I was favouring one kid by putting his eye colour on top!). They chose red, purple and blue for the eyes.
It will take some time before the eye colours are really vivid – the tattoos are (did I already mention this?) scabby and so it’s hard to get a good non-shiny-scabby picture.
For some reason, I’m really compelled to get black ink tattoos with very little (or no) colour. I may change that in the future and decide to colour in Ramona’s sweater or shoes or something. For now, though, I like the simplicity of the black lines.
I am insanely pleased with how both of these tattoos turned out and I’m grateful to Borden at Stigmata for doing the work. I can’t wait to get in there for the next one in July!
I’ll post more photos when I’m fully healed and you can see the end result, of course.