Sunday, May 28, 2006

Mama Got Some New Ink!

I earned a little street cred when I went for 4 1/2 hours at the tattoo shop yesterday -- enough time for the lovely and talented Leslie Mah to start and finish my new tattoo! Yeah! I had some Vicodin leftover from my root canal earlier in the week, so that helped. Here I am, so cool I can hardly stand myself:

I love my beautiful violets! You can not tell at all that there was a tattoo on my shoulder before, but you can see a little bit of the star peeking through the leaves on the bottom part. Some fine tuning will take care of that, though. Overall, I'm really, really happy with the end result. I love how she used shadowing and light to make the overall effect tropical and bright.

Working with such dark shades of green and purple on top of an area already saturated with color could have resulted in something murky, or dense, and the fact that the entire piece is diffused with light and space is a testament to Leslie's talent and skill. If you live in the Bay Area, may I recommend Leslie Mah for all your tattoo needs? I'll be going back to her at the end of the summer for some witch hazel on my other shoulder. Because, really, what kind of mother would I be if I didn't have both my girls represented in permenant ink somewhere on my body? ;) Maybe I'll see you there!


Blogger Stefania Pomponi Butler aka CityMama said...

I *love* it. I cannot believe your old "ink" is under there somewhere. (Where?!) The flowers are beautiful. Congrats--it's lovely, and I can't wait to see it in person!

(I'd love to see you there, but I am a veryveryvery poor candidate for a tattoo. As soon as it was completed I'd be complaining that I was tired of it and would want something else. This, I know.)

7:14 PM  
Blogger shel said...

delovely! i've lurked at your blog since finding it among someone else's ages ago and just had to come out!

i'm so due for a new tattoo and you've convinced me that i should get my ass out there and do it! can't wait to see the witch hazel!

7:17 PM  
Blogger Cityslicker Mom said...

Nice! Your shoulders are a good spot for that!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

SO cool! I'm totally impressed. Wow. I wish I had half the nerve (and artistic ability) that you do.

10:19 PM  
Anonymous urban child bride said...

Absolutely beautiful! I love the vibrant colors, and the way the design flows over your shoulder.

2:49 PM  
Blogger Alisyn said...

Thanks, y'all! I love it, too! PS - Mom 101, the art is all Leslie's work; I just supplied her with a few pictures.

3:34 PM  
Anonymous sweetchaos said...

Beautiful ink, my dear. We'll do dinner another night.

3:52 PM  
Blogger Misfit Hausfrau said...

That is really cool! I have a Polish Amulet that represents love and prosperity that I have wanted to use to create a tattoo. I just need to get my ass in gear.
Can't wait to see the next one!

7:13 PM  
Blogger Binky said...

Beautiful! I love the significance. Doesn't look like there was ever anything underneath it. My dad had a big eagle on his shoulder with a green banner in its talons. One day I randomly asked if there was anything written there (I don't know's was just a solid green banner) and my mom freaked out. Apparently his ex-wife's name had been there before he got it covered up.

1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what is this? an inked up mama of two with a pit bull and a love for The Poisonwood Bible? I'm you, but two hours north, aparently. Yippe for the internet!

9:52 PM  
Blogger Mistry said...

cool mama with a darn cool tattoo.. oooh I really love it.

11:10 PM  
Anonymous Wood said...

Love it. I've spent like 2 hours on leslie's and the diving swallow site.

looks even more awesome in person.

2:45 PM  
Blogger GIRL'S GONE CHILD said...

I love, love THIS! I have a tattoo or two I would like covered as well (lower back butterfly/gemini sign anyone?) Loooooove what you've done. Beautiful.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Debbi said...

Wow!! Ali It is beautiful. I got my first too in Chitown last year. I can't share a pic on the net though. LOL. I always wanted a dragon tattooed on my tush so I could say my ass was dragon!!! Well, last year I got a baby sleeping dragon tattooed on my butt!!! He's snoring and blowing smoke rings. I love him!! All my girlfriends ran a name the dragon contest and his name is Seymour. Cause everyone got to Seymour of my ass that weekend. :) And I know Mike this is way more information than you need to know. Sorry. -- Deedee

6:13 PM  
Anonymous Mama C-ta said...

Very pretty Mama! Part of my partially done sleeve is a cover up too and you can't tell. Isn't it a relief to get rid of something like that? Now if only I can get somethign to cover up the one going from my knee to my hip!

I'm so antsy to get a tattoo for my son but I'm waiting until I'm done nursing which looks like will be never.

8:59 AM  
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