My cameo tattoo, by Andrea Furci

From start to finish – this is the story of my beautiful new cameo tattoo. blogged about my inspiration a couple of months ago: Beautiful cameo tattoos. I have always found cameo and vintage jewelery extremely pretty and I used this to inspire me.

I picked Andrea Furci at The Family Business to design it for me, his art is very feminine and soft, with a traditional tattoo feel.

Here is the photo story of my cameo tattoo – from bare wrist to lovely new tattoo.

Bare wrist before the tattoo.
Bare wrist before the tattoo.
brave face
Putting on a brave face pre-tattoo
The stencil
The stencil
Stencil on arm
I approved the design and it got stencilled onto my wrist...

Once the tattoo is stencilled onto my wrist, I check the position in a mirror and see if I approve. I approved without hesitation, it felt right as soon as I saw it.

Now of course comes the hard bit…the pain…

The outline
The outline (it didn't hurt a bit...honest...)

How it felt
It is very difficult to describe what the tattoo process felt like, I am sure it differs from person to person…but I didn’t think my tattoo hurt – hurt is the wrong word, it just felt uncomfortable. I could feel a burning sensation on my skin, but more than that I was fascinated to see how the tattoo transformed – from stencil to outline to colour. Watching the ink go into my skin and seeing how accurately Andrea Furci could tattoo. So many intricate and delicate little details, yet never straying outside the lines. Such clean lines and vibrant colours.

During the tattoo...
During the tattoo...
The tattoo with shading
The tattoo with shading
tattoo with shading
no colour yet...

The grand unveiling…the beautiful tattoo with full, vibrant colour – reds, blues and warm yellows.

Andrea Furci cameo tattoo
The final piece - my beautiful cameo tattoo by Andrea Furci
Post-tattoo happiness
Post-tattoo happiness
The tattoo is wrapped in cling film to protect it for the first night.
The tattoo is wrapped in cling film to protect it for the first night.
Bandaged and ready for a beer.
Bandaged and ready for a beer.

Now, I would quite like Andrea to design a man in a cameo frame for my other wrist, maybe with a top hat and pipe, facing into my cameo lady.

Thanks Andrea, I can’t wait to get tattooed by you again in the future.

My tattoo journey

Dear Diary,

It has been a while since I have talked about my own ink journey…the last time may have been at the beginning of the year when I talked about strange children and sharpies. At this time I only had one tattoo (which has not yet featured on this blog). Since then I have had two tattoos, a cameo tattoo on my inner wrist and a padlock on my foot. Both are beautiful and I couldn’t be more pleased…

I am now working on some blog posts and that will show the tattoo process from start to finish…drawing, outline, shading, colour, healing and the finished piece…I hope you will find this helpful in your own decisions about what and where to get tattooed. I will also do a feature with all of my own tattoos very soon…

If anyone would like any advice just get in touch.

Lots of love

Alice Th’ink


For Grandmas.

Grandma memorial tattooA beautiful memorial tattoo I found on fuckyeahtattoos

“For my grandma. She was a huge Elvis fan, loved rings, let me hunt for “treasures” using a magnifying glass, and always had pink roses in her house.

She was a huge believer that having hope could fix any problem. When she died of lung and brain cancer a year ago, up until the day she died she kept telling us that she had hope that she would get better. She lived a year and a half longer than doctors said she would and had minimal pain. Pretty amazing in my book.

I love you, Grandma! I hope you’re rocking out with Elvis in heaven (and eating some fried chicken, too).

Done by Jake Bussie at Alkali Tattoo in Janesville, WI.”

Photo: fuckyeahtattoos

Go with the flow – Olivia Snape

Get your tat outFeature girl: Olivia Snape,
Visual Merchandiser/Stylist, London.

Olivia SnapeWhat got you into tattooing?
I have always admired tattoos on other people. I feel tattoos are an extension of personal style and, working in fashion, I think it is very important to express your individuality in the way that you look and dress. My first tattoo was my friend’s lips on my arm (see previous blog post), this represents our friendship and my love of lipstick, I have always loved the interesting and different shape of people’s lips.

Peace sign tattoo

Through infinite immensity tattooDo your tattoos have any meanings?
Some of them, but I do think that people get too caught up in the meaning behind tattoos, you should just go with the flow and if you fancy something just get it done. Obviously, if you’re planning a bigger piece it needs more thought, but tattoos don’t always have to have sentimental value. The words on my arm are from a poem by Emily Brontë that I read at my auntie’s funeral, it is a reminder of her, but I also like the idea that words evoke.

Olivia tattoosWhat inspires you?
People, friends, music, life.

Do you have any tattoos in the pipeline?
I think I am ready for a bigger piece on my back, I am toying with the idea of a traditional rose.

Girls, skeletons, books and tattoos.

Get your tat outGet your tat out Renee Ruin.

Renee Ruin
Feature girl: Renee Ruin, Melbourne, Australia.
Renee Ruin – beautifully tattooed – publisher by day, blogger by night

Renee Ruin
Renee Ruin
Ruin heart tattoo
Ruin by Dean Petty

Girl with skeleton by Jessica Swaffer - Third Eye Tattoo, Melbourne Australia
Girl with skeleton by Jessica Swaffer - Third Eye Tattoo, Melbourne Australia

So Renee, what do you do?
I work in book publishing, dealing with international co-editions. So put basically, I get popular children’s books published in other languages for foreign countries like Estonia, Finland, Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Japan. After work I spend my time blogging on my site and also other sites I contribute to and catching up on pop culture and playing with my spoilt brat dog, Bowie.

Skulls on both sides of collar bones by Dean Petty
Skulls by Dean Petty
Angelique houtkamp tattoo
Angelique Houtkamp "Geraldine" by Jane Laver - Chapel Tattoo, Melbourne Australia

diamond tattoo What got you into tattooing?
I got my first tattoo at 18 to commemorate moving out of home and eight hours away. That was the beginning. Then I started getting tattoos every time something eventful happened in my life, good or bad. I wanted to try and get something tattooed each year around my birthday as a marker. I also lived with a tattooist for four years so that lead to a lot of random tattoo additions.

What inspires you?
Life, love, death, friends, family,  art, film and books. All my tattoos are related somehow to one of those things or  more than one of those things. heart lock tattoo

Do your tattoos have meanings?
Definitely personal meaning. A lot of them are reminders of particular times in my life and are a personal reminder of a triumph or tragedy. A few are purely aesthetic, but my large pieces all have some personal meaning or personal event attached to them.

bird daddy tattoo
Daddy by Dean Petty

Are you planning more tattoos?
Most definitely. I’m planning an awesome custom piece for my left thigh which is an amalgamation of  Angelique’s style, JT Leroy’s book and Asia Argento’s movie The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. I am also planning this awesome little ode to my dog Bowie, artist Rik Lee is designing it. I definitely want to fill in my right arm with some patchwork traditional pieces and I’d love a beautiful piece to complete my left arm to compliment Micah Caudle‘s beautiful lady, I’d love Rose Hardy to design something a little darker to compliment it.

Rose feet tattoos
Feet Roses by Dean Petty
Custom girl by Micah Caudle - Flying Panther, San Diego, CA, USA.
Custom girl by Micah Caudle - Flying Panther, San Diego, CA, USA.

How would you describe your style?
My tattoo style is definitely more traditional mixed with a subtle darker edge. I love girls and skeletons.
heartogram tattoo
Do you have a favourite tattoo artist?
Far too many to choose just one. My personal fave to get tattooed by is Jane Laver who did both my Angelique pieces. But I love so many different tattooists and their differing styles.

Is there anyone else you would like to get tattooed by?
Rose Hardy, Valerie Vargas, Angeligue Houtkamp, Lina Stigsson, Nikko Hurtado, Jacob Des, Alison Manners, Jon Hall, Geoff Horn, Oliver Pecker, the list goes on…

Boy with antlers based on Sculpture by Beci Orpin by Jake Rolfe
Boy with antlers based on Sculpture by Beci Orpin by Jake Rolfe
Angelique Houtkamp 'Madeleine"  by Jane Laver - Chapel Tattoo, Melbourne Australia
Angelique Houtkamp 'Madeleine" by Jane Laver - Chapel Tattoo, Melbourne Australia
Die Trying on ribs by Zoe Lethbridge (unfinished)
Die Trying by Zoe Lethbridge (unfinished)

Anchors with bows on each side of hips by Dean Petty
Anchors with bows by Dean Petty