This is my Princess Leia tattoo done on my shin by David Tevenal at Memento Tattoo in Columbus, Ohio. Dave is one of the best artists I’ve ever seen and he definitely deserves some more recognition.
The purple Arallute flowers are native to Leia’s home planet of Alderaan (the planet shown in the background) and are only mentioned briefly in The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton.
To my knowledge there has been no artist representation of these flowers besides this tattoo. The description is as follows: “A pungent weed found on the planet Alderaan which blooms with a purple, trumpet-shaped flower. Legend had was that, if a new bride finds one in her yard, she will soon have a child. When the petals were dried, they curled around their seeds, creating a hard ball that could be used as a baby rattle.” Notice the big lime-green seeds in the middle of the purple petals. So awesome!
I came to Dave with the idea of doing a gypsy woman style tattoo but making it Princess Leia instead of a traditional gypsy and adding Alderaan and the Arallute flowers. This tattoo is the result!
In my opinion this not not only one of the best Star Wars tattoos I’ve ever seen, but one of my favorite tattoos I’ve seen in general. Super stoked on how it came out.