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 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 seems 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. (I wrote this in 2018 btw)
That seems feels justly satisfying….
and a smidge uneasy… all wrapped in one. In our example scenario this is when the ‘almost client’ begins to real eyes the game of connecting the ‘Scott dots’ must end.
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That’s 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 have had many people start crying tears of joy after we cover these types of ‘name’ tattoos. It is 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 is to say it was not going to happen anyway? I am also aware of couples who are still together, years after getting each other’s name inked. That being said, I DO have some advice if you’re thinking of getting your lovers name. Simple critical thinking tells you that if you’re 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.
It is not called critical thinking for nothing.
I will share a glimpse of my innerstanding on this. Humans are not supposed to be together forever. So, if you’re 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 you decide and that is what is up. No REGERTS!
I have tattooed a few names on people’s faces though… gangster style. Straight Yo.
I also find it satisfying to fix old or poorly done tattoos. One’s outer world is a direct reflection of one’s inner world. Like the old Hermetic Axiom…
As above, so below. As within, so without.
I am extremely affordable these days as far as hourly rate, BTW. So, if you are interested in a tattoo please contact me for a consult. Thanks!