This is my first and only tattoo! It’s a vintage dress form mannequin with “love who you are” in Edgar Allen Poe’s handwriting alongside it, designed and tattooed by the wonderful Amber Vail of Studio 66 at the San Francisco Body Art Expo. I am a student entering into the fashion industry, a field that seems to be all about changing people. I wanted a reminder to stay true to myself and love who I am, not what anybody wants to turn me into. Poe is one of my favorite authors, and the look of vintage mannequins has always appealed to me.
I could not be happier with how it turned out! My experience was awesome, and despite what I have been told about the pain of rib/shoulder tattoos, I was shocked at how easy and relatively painless it all was. I’d recommend Amber to anyone (she totally rocks!) and hope to have more of her art on my body in the future.