Yesterday, was bitter sweet. I got to finally pick up the book I was in over two years ago. I had totally forgotten the image until I flipped open the book and my eyes drew upon this image. Here I am, modeling a portrait of my grandmother. At that age, I thought it was okay that your family could tell you what to be and who to be. They told me who I could be friends with, not to express myself with makeup, piercings or tattoos. My biggest bully of my whole life was tied between my father and my grandmother. I look down at the image now, the artist in me was suppressed, you can see it in my eyes. An artist who wanted to stand up and be different. And, I did. I always felt like the ugly duckling… different, but call it the artist’s curse. It is a curse that changed that young girl into the artist I am today. (Tattoos by Joshua Carlton.)
Yesterday, was bitter sweet. I got to finally pick up the book I was in over two years ago. I had totally forgotten the image until I flipped open the book and my eyes drew upon this image. Here I am, modeling a portrait of my grandmother. At that age, I thought it was okay that your family could tell you what to be and who to be. They told me who I could be friends with, not to express myself with makeup, piercings or tattoos. My biggest bully of my whole life was tied between my father and my grandmother. I look down at the image now, the artist in me was suppressed, you can see it in my eyes. An artist who wanted to stand up and be different. And, I did. I always felt like the ugly duckling… different, but call it the artist’s curse. It is a curse that changed that young girl into the artist I am today. 

(Tattoos by Joshua Carlton.)
Octopus done by Juan at Big buddha Tattoo, Fullerton Ca

Octopus done by Juan at Big buddha Tattoo, Fullerton Ca

Sea Nettle jelly done by Alison Woodward at The Fall Tattooing, Vancouver, BC. The hidden numbers are a lyric from RENT. 

Sea Nettle jelly done by Alison Woodward at The Fall Tattooing, Vancouver, BC. The hidden numbers are a lyric from RENT. 

By James Craddock (jamescraddock1)at The Victorian Rose UK

By James Craddock (jamescraddock1)

at The Victorian Rose UK

Done on 5/3/14 by Dan Smith at Captured Tattoo in Old Town Tustin, CA.
It’s the Hawaiian Islands incorporated into a tree. Got it done to honor my Hawaiian culture & family.

Done on 5/3/14 by Dan Smith at Captured Tattoo in Old Town Tustin, CA.

It’s the Hawaiian Islands incorporated into a tree. Got it done to honor my Hawaiian culture & family.

Two Owl’s (representing my husband and I) on my left  forearm done by Bryanna Marie at Good Neighbor Tattoo (935 W. Mission Ave. Escondido CA 92025) bryannamarieart@gmail.com
Shop #760-739-8281
619-630-4808#

Two Owl’s (representing my husband and I) on my left  forearm done by Bryanna Marie at Good Neighbor Tattoo (935 W. Mission Ave. Escondido CA 92025) bryannamarieart@gmail.com

Shop #760-739-8281

619-630-4808#

Tattoo done by Mina Aoki in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Tattoo done by Mina Aoki in Salt Lake City, Utah.

"I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly, I perceived this too as a vexation of the spirit. Death head moth from being a huge Silence of the lambs and Hannibal fan. done by chris cautillo ( @chriscautillo ) of the torch bearer tattoo in Pawtucket RI. 

"I gave my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly, I perceived this too as a vexation of the spirit. Death head moth from being a huge Silence of the lambs and Hannibal fan. done by chris cautillo ( @chriscautillo ) of the torch bearer tattoo in Pawtucket RI. 

"Since [writing] is your religion, do you know what you’ll be asked when you die? … I’m so sure you’ll get asked only two questions. ‘Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out?’ If only you knew how easy it would be for you to say yes to both questions." - J.D. Salinger, Seymour: An Introduction.
Done by Ray at Revolver Tattoo in New Brunswick, NJ. 

"Since [writing] is your religion, do you know what you’ll be asked when you die? … I’m so sure you’ll get asked only two questions. ‘Were most of your stars out? Were you busy writing your heart out?’ If only you knew how easy it would be for you to say yes to both questions." - J.D. Salinger, Seymour: An Introduction.

Done by Ray at Revolver Tattoo in New Brunswick, NJ. 

Sugar skulls . Not the best pictures, sorry for thatRaul Ramos, Tenerife/Spainwww.facebook.com/raulramostattoo

Sugar skulls . Not the best pictures, sorry for that

Raul Ramos, Tenerife/Spain

www.facebook.com/raulramostattoo