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Goodbye to my heart

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I met Rachel at the Bristol Pride festival too and she also lives in Bristol but comes from Scotland.  Her first tattoo was the one on her wrist and she had it done when she was sixteen.  She sneaked into the tattooist's trying to behave older than she was.  The next one she had done at 17.  Her most recent was the sleeve which she had done in Ilfracombe.  She plans a full sleeve.  Her husband has a full body suit so there's a big influence to  get heavily inked but she says the barrier to getting tattooed is that it is very expensive and being a mother she doesn't have the time, but she does want a lot more ink. It's bit of self expression.  Some are angry and some are bright and there are flowers which are colourful and then ... there's the pain which she likes. She says she's a bit of a masochist. The tattoo on her left breast says in Spanish "Cuando el entro, le dije adios a mi corazon" which in translation literally means, "when he entered,…

One solution to alopecia

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Emmy got her tattoo on her head four years ago and it was the final stage of her accepting she has alopecia.  She had lost every hair on her body and after a while came to terms with the idea that that has how things were going to stay.  So, even though she knew her mother did not want her to do it, she got her head tattooed and it's been a great boost to her morale. 

It got people thinking she has chemo but Emmy is not worried about that.  She won't get more tattoos on her head because she doesn't want to lose the impact of the ink she has because she loves it, and it gets lots of compliments. The ivy design she has really stands out and she doesn't want to dilute that effect.  The photos her show her tattoos covered in glitter which obscures them somewhat.

Emmy is a roller derby official for Bristol Rollers http://www.bristolrollerderby.com/ and she is known as Ivy because of her head.  She loves roller derby and thinks it's an amazing thing to be part of and i…

Avoiding the embarrasing bits

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It's been a couple of months since my last session.  This time Ben finished my half leg piece, at the very top.  He didn't however go on to work on completing my right buttock.  He said the area close to the "crease" would not heal well.  I think he just doesn't like getting too close to the embarrassing bits of the body!  One day I will persuade someone less squeamish to fill this area.

Next was a revitalisation of an eighteen year old tattoo - an Alphonse Mucha.  The original sun was very poorly executed and that has now been transformed.  Next time the reclining woman will be updated.  After that on to my left leg!  I am thinking of a red Japanese dragon.  I fancy a traditional Japanese leg.