Yes, I am an ambitious person, and I don’t do things by halves – so naturally I chose a full back tattoo as my first (and most probably only) tattoo.
By the way it hurt a lot, so much so, I cannot begin to describe it, or think of any comparisons. But I am glad I did it, it took about an hour and a half of solid drilling – and I wanted to have a little cry, but I think my tear ducts were also in shock from the pain. The tattooist did muck up the piece in a one crucial area (apparently only I notice it unless it’s pointed out). I may just have to live with them….. unless they fall out during the healing phase and itchiness – then he can fix them. Fingers crossed the latter happens, all else fails I will get it coloured in and then the little mistake wont be so noticeable.
I have had this design in my head for at least 6 months to a year now and had refined it a million times on paper. I wanted something feminine and personal to me. Designed by me – an artwork that I will carry with me everywhere, a permanent display of my creative soul.
It was very important to me that the image looked more arty and organic, than general tattoo design and to do that I based the drawing on an art nouveau stylised composition. I paid special attention to the ‘S’ shapes to create art nouveau composition and provide an organic feel to the piece. I then rechecked my analysis of the image to assess the visual balance. I also took into account the shape of my back when finalising the design – flared at the top and pinched at the base.
I am undecided if I should colour it or not. I don’t even want to think about it at the moment – I only had it done yesterday and I am still feeling the pain. Everyone that has seen in so far thinks grey wash fading into red flowers will look best. I think I will go over it again and again until I find the right mix. I kinda like it as crisp unblemished linework – and it’s not me being a sissy.
The six poppies stem from a 3 part knot, they are in various stages of life. The base knot is eternal and sustains this concept of life. The Poppies also represent remembrance, dreaming, nature, death and life.
I have some amazing 1940’s & 50’s french backless dress patterns I will soOOOooooo need to make for the upcoming summer months.