Work by Nicholas Ochoa at Arlington Ink in Arlington Texas
Chantelle wrights sleeve done by Matt Webb at 72 street tattoo.
“I fell apart in your arms for the last time and I felt free to do what I want because of the things you told me”
While listening to “I Felt Free” by Circa Survive in the car today, I realized that I’ve only told 1 or 2 people the meaning behind my tattoo. This song and these three words are so special to me because they keep me from giving up on the life I’ve been given and my passion, which is art. When I was in high school, I submitted an AP art portfolio and a week before my brother passed away I received the results. I got a terrible score. I was so distraught that I decided I didn’t want to pursue art as a career, which left me with no back up plan in the midst of applying for colleges. Upon hearing how upset I was, my brother sent me a text saying, “Hey, heard about your portfolio. Don’t sweat it. Remember art is subjective and there is no right or wrong. Keep working at it, don’t lose your passion and great things will come. I promise!” At the time, I thought his sentiment was really sweet, but I continued to sulk despite his words of encouragement. This all changed when my brother was killed in a motorcycle accident. I can’t even begin to explain the pain and anguish my family and I were suffering at this time. It wasn’t until I had to hug my deceased brother goodbye that his words truly hit me. From then on, I made a promise to him and myself that I wouldn’t give up on what I loved and my second chance at life. When I first heard “I Felt Free”, the lyrics immediately resonated with me and that particular moment. I love you so much Alex, you will be eternally my brother and lie forever in my heart <3
This is my second tattoo and it was done last year at Starlight Tattoo in New Jersey by artist Richie
grey arm tattoo almost complete… by August in Kitchener, Ontario
Done by Amy at True Love Tattoo in Margate, Florida
This is my gift to myself for my 18th birthday :) There’s no specific meaning to it, I just LOVE flowers and chubby adorable birds and I thought it would be a great accessory to my body and a fun piece of artwork to look at. I got it done by Shawn Hebrank at Identity Tattoo in Maple Grove, Minnesota. He did such a fantastic and beautiful job and was SO much fun to talk to. It took 4.5 hours and was pretty painless until the last hour or so of intense shading. The picture was taken immediately after the tattoo was completed, so it’s really red and swollen. I’d totally recommend Shawn to anyone looking to get a tattoo of anything nature/animal related. He’s really great. Here’s a link to his blog as well! http://shawnhebrankart.blogspot.com/
Please respect me and the artist and do not copy this particular tattoo. Thank you :)
“There is only love, nothing else exists”.
This tattoo was a little bit impulsive, but I absolutely love it. The words are meant to remind me that the only thing in this world, when you really look, is love. The tattoo has also had the added benefit of reminding me not to self-harm, which I am happy about. The wings are to represent the angels that walk with me every day, and how warm and embraced I feel by their love.
Done by Allison Duckett at Jerzey Ink in Harrison, NJ