New Ink

I took the plunge and got a rather major new tattoo this weekend. It turned out lovely and I’m quite happy with it.

Tattoo in progress

Tattoo Linework

Finished Tree of Life

The outer design is a modernized Celtic tree of life. Its symbolism is both Christian and pagan, meaning life cycle, eternity & the cosmos. The inner design is the celtic trinity knot, or triquetra, which symbolizes the Christian trinity and the pagan triple goddess: maiden, mother & crone.

The single-sitting project, about 8-9″ in diameter, took 4 1/2 hours. It hurt pretty badly – a clonazepam and all the yoga breathing I could muster didn’t really quite manage it when he was inking the long lines or the more sensitive points. He was great about giving me breaks and letting me know what kind of progress he was making, which helped manage the length of the session.

The awesome guys at Silver City Tattoo here in Poulsbo did the work. (Trent was my artist, but Joe, Bo & Brandon do excellent work as well.)

The tattoo was inspired by this fabulous piece of contemporary art by Jan Delyth.

8 Responses to “New Ink”

  1. shellie mcdannel Says:

    Wow, Jeri, that’s pretty! And, that is really big! I don’t think I could have stood 4.5 hours, and yes the outline is always the worse. Congratulations!!

  2. Jeri Says:

    Thanks Shellie! Yeah, by the time he finished some of those long lines I was just about to jump out of my skin. :)

  3. Stacey Says:

    it looks amazing!

  4. mfheadcase Says:

    Damn, and people seemed impressed by my getting the ink on the back of my melon done in one 2.5 hour session with one cigarette break.

    I may be a piker in comparison.

    Nice ink too, not a style i would get, but i mostly prefer monochrome with some spot color in my skin.

  5. shell Says:

    So, what was your motivation on this? I have 3 tats and find most of the people I know are really turned off by the idea of tattoos. Most people would never even guess I have them.

  6. Jeri Says:

    Shell-part of my reasoning is in this post from last month, The Good Girl.

    You’re right – many folks are turned off by the idea of tattoos. No one in my immediate family has one, although most of my close friends have one or more. Demographically, I’m of the age bracket (45) where it’s not the norm, but a bit of an exception for women to have tattoos. A very high percentage of 25-35 year olds, it seems, tend to have them.

    When I decided I wanted my first – a memorial for my husband at the bottom of this post – my rules were it needed to be meaningful, I needed to be able to see it, and it needed to be someplace it’d still look good at 75. :)

    And this one was for me. I still wanted meaning, and a good location, but I actually wanted it on my back. I’m a distance swimmer and a back tattoo is pretty visible in a swimsuit.

    I don’t know if I’ll ever get another one – certainly not while the pain of this one is fresh in my mind. :)

  7. Michele Says:

    It’s BEAUTIFUL!!! 4.5 hours??!!?!? You are a rock girl! I’ve wanted a tat for 40 yrs now, but still a big chicken. Good for you and getting something so meaningful, it is truly you!

  8. Jennifer Says:

    Wow Jeri, that is a fabulous tattoo!