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« Reply #130 on: June 28, 2008 07:48:16 PM »

Excitement- i'm getting the outlines of my swallows tomorrow morning!! On the back of my arms!
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« Reply #131 on: June 28, 2008 08:01:20 PM »

I can't believe I forgot to post my tattoo here, I've been reading this thread for a while! Here is my first, on my upper left arm.



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« Reply #132 on: June 28, 2008 11:31:21 PM »

There is a lot of beautiful body art here. It has been really inspiring to look though at other people's tattoos.

So here is mine. The words say "Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt" which is from Slaughterhouse 5 by Vonnegut and it also appears in the Breakfast of Champions by the same author. This quote just has a lot of meaning for me. The font was custom by my artist.




I am wearing a dress in these photos, I swear! haha.
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« Reply #133 on: June 29, 2008 05:26:42 AM »

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GORGEOUS.

haha why yes, yes I can  Grin  thanks!!
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« Reply #134 on: June 29, 2008 06:20:23 AM »

I just got this yesterday, on my Birthday! It is just the outline for now, i think when i get it colored in i may make the mushrooms mario style. I have wanted a unicorn tattoo FOREVER! But instead of a single image, i went with this more interesting piece, the theme is magic and alchemy, spot the mortar and pestle and the dandelions?


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« Reply #135 on: June 29, 2008 10:40:54 AM »

Wow, there are some really beautiful tattoos here on craftster!!   Shocked

I'm pretty sure I posted in the original "show your tattoos" thread, but I've gotten several new tats since then (with several more in the works...) and thought I'd just post again Cheesy

From oldest to newest:



This is one that I drew myself.  It's on my right shoulder blade.  It's a cover-up of an old home tattoo.  13 is my lucky number, and I like bats, so....yeah. ^^



This is another cover-up (underneath it is my first-ever tattoo...a tiny ankh done at home by an old boyfriend when I was 16...lol).  It's the Zanarkand Abes symbol from Final Fantasy X and X-2.  I'll be getting this covered with a half sleeve before too long.  It's not that I don't like it, I'd just prefer to have the whole area covered, and what I want doesn't really go with the Zanarkand tat. ^^  This is a really old pic, btw...I've lost a lot of weight and had breast reduction surgery since then. lol.  sorry, TMI. ^^;;;



My Dark Mark, and "myaku" kanji.  Myaku is a song by my favourite band, Dir en grey.

There's a tattoo on the back of my neck of a raven wearing a crown, but I can't find a picture of it.  My husband did this as his first tattoo when he was apprenticing a few years ago. Smiley


My knuckle tattoos!  I love these so much!!  The text reads Amor Fati, which you can read about here if you are interested:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amor_fati

Here are some pics of the half sleeve on my right arm:



The geisha with the lion is from an ukiyoe tarot deck, and is that deck's depiction of the strength card.  I have read tarot for almost 20 years, and the strength card has personal significance to me.  Also, I've been in love with all things Japanese for as long as I can remember. ^^
All of the cherry blossoms and branches were free-hand drawn right onto my arm by my tattoo artist.



The text here reads "oboete iru no deshou?" and means "don't you remember?".
It is a line from the song "OBSCURE" by Dir en grey. Smiley



Above my old myaku tattoo, left to right:
"saku" (new moon)--another Dir en grey song.
Next to that is the symbol for the band MUCC. 
The kanji below the myaku tat is "kodou" (heartbeat), and is also a Dir en grey song.  Yes, I really love Dir en grey.  Grin

Finally, here is my "tramp stamp" (haha...and please disregard my enormously swollen backside...I had just had the tattoo done when this pic was taken!):



My tattoo artist designed this image of a traditional Oni crossed with a hannya.  I brought her several reference pictures and a lengthy, rambling verbal description of what I wanted, and she came up with this on her first go, and it is exactly what I wanted!  The text underneath reads "Oni ni kanabou", which means "Oni with an iron club", and is an old saying meaning to be undefeatable, or to possess strength beyond strength.  I was very excited to get this tatoo, and it's probably my favourite of all of them.  However, the kanji on my banner is wrong.  Why is the wrong kanji now permanently on my body? Long story. I'll try to be brief.
When I first discussed this tattoo with Kristie (my artist), I had the sentence written with two different kanji. Both read "kanabou", and as far as I can tell, both mean a metal rod. I gave them both to her with the reference pics, and said I wanted to ask my friend (who lives in Japan and is a renowned Japanese-English translator) which kanji should be used for the sentence. I did, and he told me, and the next time I saw Kristie I told her which one we should use. I watched her take the incorrect paper out of her folder, and I thought she threw it away. Guess not. But anyway, when I went in to get the tattoo done my dumb ass was so excited about the drawing she did that I didn't double check the kanji...I just assumed it was correct because I thought she got rid of the other paper. And then I never got a good look at the kanji in the tattoo until I looked at the picture above, which my husband took the day after it was done (cause, y'know, it's kinda hard to look at your own ass Tongue). Had I taken the time to actually look at the text on the drawing I would have known right away it was the wrong character (it's only the first half of kanabou that's wrong). So yeah. It could be A LOT worse. I mean, it could say something totally incorrect or just nonsensical. But, dang. I'm dumb as hell.  Roll Eyes

Anyway, sorry for the excessively pic heavy and rambly post...I felt I ought to explain the wrong text on my Oni tattoo.  When I got this done and posted it on Livejournal, a number of people were pointing out that it was wrong (which I already knew), so I just thought I'd explain in advance here. ^^;;
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« Reply #136 on: June 29, 2008 01:40:16 PM »

thingwraith i love your tattoos and i LOVE DIR EN GREY!
i am actually wearing a dir en grey tshirt right now that i made Smiley

i haven't heard myaku but saki, kodou and obscure are amazing songs :]

is 'kodou' the two symbols (letters?) under the faded symbol (letter? haha) :Þ
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asdf, i just love it when i find someone elce that loves that band, (only one other person i know here in iceland) Tongue do you like other j rock too? i listen a lot to malice mizer, gazette and moi dix mois Grin
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« Reply #137 on: June 29, 2008 01:59:05 PM »

sk8grll:  Yay! ^_^  It's always cool to find another Diru fan!  Mostly when I am asked about my tattoos and start explaining, people kind of glaze over because they have no idea what I'm talking about. ^^;;

Myaku is an old song from the album "MACABRE".  It's a very good song, and album. Cheesy
I have been listening to Diru 10 years as of this coming fall, so yeah....I'm old, though. ^^;

Yep, the bottom two kanji in that pic are kodou.
And yes, I listen to a lot of other Japanese bands!  Grin  I have a last.fm page where you can see what I listen to a lot.  I don't know anyone else in my town that likes J-rock, but I know there are a lot of fans in the area because there is always a big turn out at any J-rock show in Chicago or anywhere around here.
Oddly enough, there is an Icelandic band that I like!  Are you familiar with Sólstafir?  They're really great.   Grin
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« Reply #138 on: June 29, 2008 03:37:04 PM »

sk8grll:  Yay! ^_^  It's always cool to find another Diru fan!  Mostly when I am asked about my tattoos and start explaining, people kind of glaze over because they have no idea what I'm talking about. ^^;;

Myaku is an old song from the album "MACABRE".  It's a very good song, and album. Cheesy
I have been listening to Diru 10 years as of this coming fall, so yeah....I'm old, though. ^^;

Yep, the bottom two kanji in that pic are kodou.
And yes, I listen to a lot of other Japanese bands!  Grin  I have a last.fm page where you can see what I listen to a lot.  I don't know anyone else in my town that likes J-rock, but I know there are a lot of fans in the area because there is always a big turn out at any J-rock show in Chicago or anywhere around here.
Oddly enough, there is an Icelandic band that I like!  Are you familiar with Sólstafir?  They're really great.   Grin

oh cool, i mostly listen to withering to death and six ugly (i love bio shin haha) and there was another album too.. or was that gazette? sometimes i mix them up >.>

the only person i know that likes j rock is my friend who made me listen to it in the first place haha.

i've never heard of sólstafir! which is weird since supposedly i live here lol.
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« Reply #139 on: June 29, 2008 08:14:43 PM »

and there was another album too..

You said you liked OBSCURE, so maybe it was Vulgar? ^^

Sólstafir are sort of a viking metal band, but they're pretty different compared to other bands that are considered "viking metal".  ^^
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