GOAL: I would like to bring together/ elegantly connect some of my existing tattoos and all their elements, sun/moon/star/birds in a kind of celestial sky.
– I already have two bird tattoos - one under each clavicle bone
– I quite like the idea of something on both arms just below the elbows, one side reflecting the night and one the day. I would like waves, mountains and clouds to feature in both.
– linear with dot work
– neat but elegant
BACKGROUND FOR THIS TATTOO'S CONCEPT:
This tattoo I want designed is more or less representative of my family.
– My mum as a single, working mum, often appeared in my mind as a lioness, thus living up to her star sign, leo.
– My sister and I are both Gemini
– My brothers are Sagittarius and Pisces
When I was growing up, my mum and I indulged ourselves with talk of star signs, charts and tarot card readings. Equally, my siblings mean the world to me and I wanted to include them somehow in this representation of the journey we have all been on, at this moment and throughout our lives.
This got me thinking about star chart constellations, some of which are really quite beautiful, and the conversations my mum and I used to have...
TATTOO THOUGHTS & IDEAS:
– I wanted a piece that would reflect the 'togetherness' of this time we have all had, my mum, my siblings and I.
– Something that has arisen at various times in my life, is the importance of searching for silver linings (yet another sky reference!) and I suppose this is an underlying theme of the project...
– I like the idea of including some natural elements, clouds, waves, night/day. (See Attachments: 1.0; 1.1: 1.3; 1.4, 11.0 and 12.0)
TATTOOS I ALREADY HAVE:
– a large crescent moon on my side which is a cover up tattoo. It leads on to a sun and a star on my back....
– The birds under my clavicles are skylarks.
The reason I chose these particular birds is because my mum has always loved the sound they make come spring time.
BACKGROUND TO MY CURRENT TATTOOS:
The winter before last my mum was diagnosed with advanced cancer. Whether or not she would hear the skylarks sing again became a source of some fixation. Fortunately, things went considerably better than expected and she responded well to the treatment. In a rather unfortunate twist of fate, however, the chemotherapy affected her hearing and (temporarily!) stole her precious sound of spring.
However, having not only survived the gruelling aspects of the treatment - chemo and radiotherapy - and doing so with a level of fierce resilience that we, as a family, are immensely proud of, she succeeded in recovering her hearing with the benefit of modern technology. The new hearing aids blessed her, once again, with the ability to hear the spring song birds she loves so much and which she did, thankfully, come to hear again this year... hence the skylark tattoos.
ADDITONAL NOTES RELATING TO CURRENT TATTOOS:
I have included the sun and star on my back in the photos. To be honest, I feel they are a little clunky and if there was a way of 'finessing' them somehow and incorporating them into a better overall design then I am definitely open to suggestions.
I like the idea of the sun being transformed into something like Att 10.0.
I wondered about including the pisces constellation (Att.4.1) somehow with the star. I also thought about the star being filled with a kind of 'star-scape' (i.e. something like Att.12).
I really like the idea of fitting something like the Sagittarius tattoo in Att.3.0 into the crescent moon on my side.
I thought that the gemini image in Att.6.0 could be combined with the image in Att.12.0 with the leo constellation appearing in the night sky.
THINGS I DO NOT WANT: