TATTOOS

 [right hip]
This was my first tattoo- I found a similar design on Tattoo Finder  seen here: the design I liked but I wanted to make it a little more original so I made the outside wings into a ribbon effect instead.
It for me, means I will never need a man to count on, depend on or rely on- you will get your heart broken and you will still fly on into your life being stronger than ever. I will always remain a strong, independent woman whether I am married or not.
I went to Dark Star Tattoo in Camas, Wa in June of 2007 after a nasty breakup I never thought would end.

 [my neck, after it was done and a year or so after]
My second tattoo I got a Gemini sign and liked the way it was wavy and angled I chose the blue for a calming effect.
 I was still finding myself and I felt that my star sign/horoscope was what almost best represented who I was/am and where I'm going as well as my personality. Go look up your horoscope and it bests describes me.
I got this tattoo at Imperial Tattoo on a suggestion from a friend in 2008.
I chose my neck region because I heard it didn't hurt so bad, which it didn't. Surprise!

 [left hip, a year after marriage-2010]
 My third tattoo. It was a wall design but I liked it so I didn't change it. It is supposed to be a turtle with a rose inside. Do you see it? Good.
It just means we're here forever, dedicated and loving each other. To represent my husband and I in our marriage through our up's and down's.
I got this one at Living Art Tattoo which is now Jaded Soul Tattoo. It was done in 2010 I chose my other hip but this one was more bold and was much more painful.
 6/4/12
My first lettering/script piece and I'm in love with it! I wanted something with the wedding date and this is my favorite quote from a book called "The perks of being a wallflower" [linked to amazon if you'd like to read excepts or buy it- great book] anyhow, I got it done at Skeleton Key tattoo on SE Hawthorne street in Portland, Or.

12/22/12
My husband, a friend of ours Katie and I just got tattoos done on a whim. 
But I was happy because I knew exactly what I wanted.
I got an infinity for my mother and I put family on the side of it in cursive for the rest of my family.
I got "This too shall pass" across my shoulder- as a reminder of things past, present and future. Things will be okay, even when they seem not to be. I love this phrase and it seems to deem true in my life so I resonate with it. I wanted a fancier script look- some people I have seen this tattoo on have it in handwritten fonts so I was putting my own twist on it.
By AJ Tattooist


June 2013
A friend of our and my husband and I went to Jaded Soul Tattoo.  This time I was struggling to decide what I wanted and looked looked, I wanted a fun piece. I thought leopard print would be cool. So he printed it off and I liked it. Although the colors may look weird being filled in, I wanted it to look real and not cartoon y. It is a splotch or gathering of leopard print along my hip and inner side area. It hurt like the dickens! Breathing through the pain above- it was a gnarly kind of pain. I like it and might need to get pieces touched up, where it stretched and lightened.

October 2013/Touchup May 2014
I just recently got this baby! WOO I love it with everything I am, like it was supposed to be there and will be the start of my sleeve. By AJ Tattooist.
Well her work is phenom for only doing this awhile...She is gentle and amazing. Again I had no idea what I wanted to do so I looked at her flash work and she assured me this was a older original she had not tattooed it before and will "tweak it for others". I'm amazed at how much I love this and I wish it wasn't winter so I can show it off. I love it!
I got this done at the Portland Tattoo Expo.
April 2015
I saw this scoping out Pinterest- I love this font and she definetly did me right. It reminds me about self love and confidence which is something I need in my life. By AJ Tattooist. 
April 2015
I also saw this on Pinterest and fell in love with it to remind me on my faith journey with Jesus. I am not fully religious but I'm all about learning more and walking by faith (believing in a higher power) and knowing that everything will work out.
I love having a small cross on me reminding me that he's always watching over me in my life.
By AJ Tattooist


I just recently (February 2016) got this sleeve done. It's not finished or colored in yet but the outline of what it is looks phenomenal. I wanted something to commemorate a lot of my other lost loved ones. My grandma, grammy/gramps, little auntie, second cousins, great aunt and uncle, grandpa, as well as a couple lost friends of mine.. Flowers seemed very appropriate and I can't wait until they are filled in. It's in the same style as the lotus (pictured above/black outline) It flows together really well. Eventually I do want a full all out sleeve, but I'm willing to wait on that. Time and money baby! 
By: AJ Tattooist

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2 comments

  1. I seriously am infatuated with tattoos I may just create a post on my website and possibly a YouTube video showing my tattoos and the story behind them, thank you for the inspo. <3

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    1. You definitely should! I'm so glad you liked it and found it inspiring! :) <3 Thanks for stopping by!

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