Half Sleeve

May 30, 2013



I figured it was that time to finally debut this half sleeve with the attention it deserves on the blog. Back in October, Andrew and I both had major ink added to our bodies. He had a full sleeve done which just makes me melt. I think it's so sexy and it's even sexier his meaning behind his. It's a heaven vs. hell display that really taps into his beliefs and views on everyday life and the temptations in it. Mine is a little different.

You see, I always knew I wanted to have tattoos and ones that covered a lot. I've said from day one I want both arms sleeved and I'd love to have more added to my back so when I had the opportunity to start a design, I defaulted to more floral. Every tattoo I have is built around a floral design. My foot, back, hip, side... all have some type of flowers incorporated. It's something I love, something that's beauty in my eyes, something I know I'd be happy with permanently on my body. Everything else I have is done in color and I thought this time, I'd like a change.

It's just been in the last year I've immersed myself into design and I've really learned the things I love and the things I'm drawn to so it seemed natural to make this piece all black and grays. I had him touch a few spots to highlight in white and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome.

I'm sure some of you are asking, "why a skull?". I get people think it's a bit much especially being on a girl that is the definition of girly but it's special to me. It was important to me to also have something in my tattoo that represented the time of life I was in and a skull just seemed right. I've become really close with Drake over the last two years and he's been very vocal about how he loved daddy's skull tattoo so I thought, let's do it! I'm going to add a skull and it's going to represent my Little Man. Crazy? Maybe, but it warms my heart looking at my arm and thinking how it represents myself in floral and my boys with a skull. Again, truly transparent to the time of life I am in.

We're talking about adding more ink with me sleeving the remaining part of my arm and Andrew working on a back piece. It's something we both find our voice and beauty in and I can't wait to continue adding onto the art I already have.

18 comments

  1. I love your tattoos! I have one planned for my side ribcage area when I hit my goal weight. It will only be my 2nd though.

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  2. I love it. I have two on my hips and dying to get a large one done on my back.

    Thanks for sharing dear.
    -wHiT

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  3. i love this, it's a gorgeous piece! love the meaning behind them too. i've always wanted a tattoo, but had a severe reaction to hair dye once ...and am pretty nervous to use any dye (esp one that would be deep in my skin!) yours looks great though!

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  4. I love it!! I admire it every time I see it. It's beautiful!

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  5. Girl, I love your tattoos! I am too chicken to get one, but in the near future I would love to get one representing this new journey I am on. I would love to have something to remind me of when God felt the closest to me. Don't know if I can pull the look off, but someday I would like to!

    How do you deal with tattoos in the work place? I am always afraid that if I got something visible on my arms or feet that it would hinder my career aspirations. What do you think?

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  6. Thanks for posting this I've been dying to hear about your tattoos :)

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  7. I'm in love with you two tattooing yourselves as a couple, SO CUTE!

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  8. I love it! You are so beautiful! Some people might not understand the desire to get inked, but a tattoo only has to make sense to one person - the person wearing it.

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  9. I love your tattoo! I've been craving new ink lately. I'm thinking somewhere on my thighs. I WISH I could do a half sleeve, but that's frowned upon in the teaching world. UGH.

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  10. pretty! i love the meaning behind this - i think that's the most important thing with a tattoo - getting something that represents you/a time in your life. love this!
    -- jackie @ jade and oak
    -- jewelry giveaway

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  11. i want to add a sleeve so bad. i absolutely love the flower sugar candy skulls, tho i dont think ill go that far i think flowers from my elephant tattoo will branch out. just gotta finish being pregnant and then ill be on my way to my to getting inked for the 10th time!
    i love that you displayed this :) it was just yesterday i was stalking your instagram trying to get a good view of what your tattoo was. its lovely.
    as are you
    xxo

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  12. I love it! Beautiful explanation :)

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  13. I love love love this. It turned out beautifully.

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  14. I love love love the florals AND the skull but I never knew what the skull meant! Love reading this, pretty. xoxo

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  15. I LOVE it!! I have always wnted a half sleeve but I don't know what I'd do for design. Yours is awesome!

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  16. i love all my tattoos and want a half sleeve one day. yours looks pretty sweet, i just wish i could see the detail a bit better.

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  17. I love your tattoos!! I have two skulls on me.. One on my foot, like my whole foot, and the other on my right lower back/hip and some people have been very rude about them just because they're skulls and others really love the girly/pretty touches I put to them.

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  18. You have no idea how much I love this. :) I'm slowly-- but surely.. getting flowers down my back to symbolize the women in my life (their favorite flowers) I'd love a sleeve some day! But we'll have to wait and see, Jared can't wait to finish his arms he only has a few but wants them to connect so he's having fun figuring out how to make it work. :) I think they're beautiful and obvs it makes me love you more. xo

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