A Little Background
I began tattooing in 1997. Professionally my tattoo career began 10 years later in 2007, when I landed a job at Diablo Tattoo in Glendale AZ. A few years later in 2010 while still in Glendale, I opened up Viking Spirit Tattoo with my former husband and biz partner. Viking was very successful. At one point, we were so busy and cram packed that literally no one else could fit inside the building. Only 4 years later we expanded and renamed to Freedom Tattoo Company. It was a short lived studio due to divorce, opening Jan 2014 and closing April 2015.
I became really good at color tattoos during that time. Cover ups are especially rewarding. I enjoy helping a person relieve the anxiety one feels when having to look at the same Ex’s name from 5 years ago…usually these are in a highly visible spot, like on the wrist or forearm. So it can be seen EVERYDAY, reminding the person of the time they decided to show their loving devotion and commitment with a ‘name’ tattoo.
And then breaking up with, ‘Scott’ 2 months later. (for example…)
Now, this person subconsciously seem have an issue with everyone named Scott. Even finding themselves in an awkward dilemma when faced with the possible purchase of Scott brand toilet paper?…Hmmm….toilet paper.
That seems feels justly satisfying…..and… ironic…..and a smidge uneasy… all wrapped in one.
In our example scenerio this is when the ‘almost client’ begins to real eyes the game of connecting the ‘Scott dots’ must end. Thats where I come in! I love my clients. I tend to develop more of a genuine friendship with the majority. You know who you are.
I’ve had many people start crying tears of joy after we cover these types of ‘name’ tattoos. It’s truly healing and liberating. In the industry it is said that a curse is placed on the relationship at the time of inking your lovers name. I have seen break ups occur anywhere from the next day to 3 months down the road. Who’s to say it wasn’t going to happen anyway. I’m also aware of couples who are still together, years after getting each others name inked. That being said I DO have a some advice if your thinking of getting your lovers name. Simple critical thinking tells you that if your going into the tattoo wanting it ‘small’ so it will be easier to cover up….well….then maybe you should have a displaced emotional relationship with a certain brand of TP.
Its not called critical thinking for nothing.
I’ll share a glimpse of my innerstanding on this. Humans are not suppose to be together forever. So if your coming from the standard fairy tale programmed mind, and most are, the whole thing is messed up from the get go anyways. Time to break out of the Matrix. Best to go in honest. Heart open. It is what it is and will be what it was and thats what’s up. I have tattooed a few names on peoples faces though… gangster style. Straight Yo.
I also find it satisfying to fix old or poorly done tattoos. Ones outer world is a direct reflection of ones inner world. Similar to the old Hermetic Axiom…
As above , so below.
l have done a little photography over the years. Love it! And a few oil paintings! I’m extremely affordable these days as far as hourly rate, BTW. So if you’re interested in a tattoo please contact me for a consult using the form below. Thanks!
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