Tattoos

I have a lot of tattoos, 28 of them actually. Most are on my back and arms. I started later in life, I was 37 when I had my first tattoo done. I’m finished getting tattoos. I have no regrets about any of them, they are all either faith or family related in some way. You can see photos below of all of my tattoos. One tattoo that isn’t photographed all the way is my belt tattoo, it’s covering a scar that’s low on my stomach. You can see some of it in the photo. I need to find a bathing suit that will show it off better, then I’ll post a complete photo of it.

I’ve listed my tattoos in the order I had them done. It’s a span of twelve years.

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I had this tattoo done right after 9/11/2001. Greg was deployed a week later and a week after that I had this done, September 27, 2001. I’d been thinking about it for a while. It’s on my lower back and yes, it hurt. The red ink stung a lot. The date is the date we were married. I was 37 when I had it done. I had this done in Chesapeake, Virginia.

2001

I love this tattoo. It was my first and it will always be my favorite even though I love all my tattoos and what they mean to me.

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I had the next two tattoos done on April 3, 2007. I thought about what I wanted for years, 6 years in fact, since getting my first tattoo. I rescheduled these tattoos twice with another artist, but finally got them done at a place that I had never been to before. Adam did a great job. The tattoos are of my daughter’s names and their birth dates.

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Here’s all of them together. They are on my lower back, kind of low. These were done in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Here’s a photo of my flower tattoo, a violet. It was done on August 7, 2007. It’s on my upper right shoulder. This is in honor of my first grand-daughter, Violet.  Adam took this from a photo and he made it so special. This was done in Alexandria, Virginia.

Violet

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I saw a magnet with Faith Hope and Love symbols, and the verse from 1 Corinthians 13:13 on it: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

I bought the magnet and brought it in to Adam, and we worked out a design that looks almost exactly like the magnet, but it’s going vertical up my arm vs. horizontally.

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This was tattooed on October 1, 2007, in Alexandria, Virginia.

It’s on the inside of my inner right arm. Yes, it hurt, but, not nearly as bad as the ones on my back, which really surprised me a lot. It took about a half hour, he went over the anchor and the cross again with a shading needle as it looked like my skin didn’t take the color in some little areas. The heart is near my wrist.

He went up my arm a little as the part that wrinkles when you bend your wrist back will not heal correctly if tattooed. I love it!

This was a big step for me. I’m now wearing a tattoo showing my love for God on my arm. My first tattoo that isn’t on my back. I guess if you want to put it out there for everyone to see, it should be something meaningful. This was my cross over tattoo. This was a HUGE turning point in my life and any other tattoos that I thought about getting, it didn’t phase me if I wanted them somewhere visible vs. easily hidden by clothing.

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We moved to the Southern Maryland area in January, 2008. I kept seeing people with tattoos and asked where they had them done. I heard one name over and over again, Keith Porter –  Blue Scarab Tattoos. I’ve had the remainder of my tattoos done at Blue Scarab, either by Keith or another artist that works there.

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This one is on my upper left shoulder. It was done on June 27, 2008, by Keith. It’s a rose with a pearl in the center. The rose is something I’ve wanted for a long time. I took that from a photo that I took a few years ago. The pearl is in honor of my grandma. Her name was Pearl and she died in 2003. She taught me a lot of things about life and cooking.

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I had my rose re-inked by Keith, closing it in as I have pearls for my grandma on my sugar skull. This was done on September 8, 2012.

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On October 17, 2008 and had these two tattoos done. The top one is the sign for Libra. And I’m Blessed.

These are on the back of my neck, under my hair.

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Keith did a great job with word Blessed. He shaded it so well!

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This is a tattoo I had done on April 3, 2009. I wanted something to represent my 25 years of marriage to Greg. It sits above my first tattoo with his name and a heart. You can see that this one will compliment the first one! Negative space is how he did the 25 and the rings have turned gold in color. Keith snuck in some purple to highlight everything.  I’’m extremely happy with this tattoo.

25rings

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This is on my inner left arm. 🙂 It’s a quote from Virgil, who originally said “he” vs. “she” in 70 B.C. I saw this in a magazine a few years ago for a bracelet, I knew then that I wanted it.

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This one was done on November 3, 2009.

I printed out the saying on my computer using two different fonts and brought it into Keith. He agreed that the “she” should be in red.

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This tattoo sits on my back in-between the two flowers. Each of the words surrounding the Faery means something. I took the flowers and birthstones from my families birth months and put them there. Hope (May), Courage (March), Purity (April) and Fidelity (August).

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This tattoo was done on May 7, 2010.

You can see the tulip (a shout out to my Grandfather’s heritage) as well as the lips and eyes are in color. My eye color was used. My faery re-worked and re-inked by Keith on September 8, 2012.

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This is a Chai, which means life in Hebrew. I have this on my inner left wrist, right under my watch. I was raised in a Reformed Jewish household and this is part of my roots.

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Matt did this one on July 14, 2010.

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This is on my right inner wrist. I was saved when I was 11 years old, but, I always wanted something saying that I was that I would see daily. It helps me keep focused on God.

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Matt did this one on July 14, 2010.

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I’ve been married to my sailor boy for years! I thought of this idea for a tattoo about 5 years ago, but, couldn’t figure out where or how it would look.

This is the tattoo in the healing process. It’s been a few weeks, so I thought I would take a final photo. There’s invisible (black light) ink on this tattoo. You can see it very faintly in the photo. There’s one on each side. This is a shout out to my hubby’s rate when he was in the military.

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Keith did a great job on this tattoo! Tattoo started on October 29, 2010, second sitting on December 9, 2010. Photo taken on December 25, 2010.

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This is a Sugar Skull. Some people call it Day of the Dead. I have this one in remembrance of people that were close to me and have passed on.

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Tattoo done by Bobby on February 10, 2011.

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My Latin phrases. I’ve always known that I wanted something in Latin, somewhere, but I didn’t know what or where. I ran these past a few priests that assured me that the phrasing and spelling was correct!

Right arm: Sola fide – By Faith Alone.
Left arm: Custodior Deo – I’m guarded by God.

I liked these phrases as you can read them together or separately.

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Both done in one sitting on May 6, 2011 by Bobby.

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This is the only tattoo I’ve ever gotten that wasn’t totally original. I downloaded this from the Internet and had Bobby tattoo this on June 21, 2011. It’s on my right outer arm, below my pinup-girl.

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I wanted something that was really faith related. I had been thinking about getting baptized and this seemed like a fitting tattoo for the path that I was on at the time.

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This camera tattoo was started on September 1, 2011 and finished on September 22, 2011, by Bobby. The camera is the same kind that my grandfather was holding in a photo that I found on our trip to Orlando in January 2011. He and I share photography as an art and we both loved it. He died years ago, but, the heart in the center of the camera lens represents our shared love for photography. The edges of the outer heart are made to look distressed and old. This is on my left inner bicep.

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belt

This is the start of a nautical tattoo on my side and lower stomach. I had this started on August 25, 2011 and the second session brought in some of the colors and the key on the chain on December 1, 2011. Keith created and inked the first two sessions. It took another session on January 17, 2012, with Bobby, to finish this tattoo. I have a complete belt covering a scar on my lower stomach. I need to find a bathing suit that sits low enough so I can get a great photo of this. It’s a huge tattoo and it was the one that was the most painful.

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My Hamsa “Hand of Miriam” tattoo. This was something that I’ve wanted for a while, didn’t know where or when, but, I knew I wanted a blue eye.

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This was created by Bobby at Blue Scarab on March 1, 2012. It’s on my left shoulder blade between my rose and my upper arm sugar skull.

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I wanted something really girlie and with scrolls and a little bit of color. I went to Jason with some ideas and this is what he came up with. It’s one of my favorite tattoos and I see it every day. It’s on my left arm, in between my inner elbow and my upper bicep. This was created on April 11, 2012.

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This tattoo was one that I wanted to get, but, I wasn’t sure how it would work since I had a tattoo on my inner wrist already. Bobby made it a bracelet and re-inked the word Saved as well. Done by Bobby on October 17, 2012.

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I wanted something on my left wrist, wrapping around with my Chai tattoo to make a bracelet. I wasn’t sure what I wanted, then I found some photos of bows and decided to get one. This one goes down my hand slightly. He also re-inked my Chai. Done Jason on January 12, 2013.

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Drawn by my daughter for inspiration, time chosen by my hubby 3:16 for John 3:16, Cherish added as a reminder to cherish the time you have, it can be taken away in an instant. I love hearts, so the pull on the top is a heart and I had him add a cross on the bottom.

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This is on my inner right bicep, done by Keith on May 13, 2013.

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My left arm, is the past, and it has the saying “I have survived”. My right arm, is the future, it has the saying “I will thrive.”

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This is meaningful to me in so many ways.

This was done by Bobby, August 26, 2014.

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