Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday: Week 4

Welcome to week four of Talkin' Tattoos Tuesday! I did an intro post where I explained my goal in posting these every week and how you can submit your photo to be featured. Check out the post if you need to refresh your memory and then read below about my third tattoo!

My oldest sister who is now 36, had her first child at the age of 15. I had just turned 4 at the time so he was more like my brother than a nephew. A couple years later, she had another little boy, and then a few years after that, another little boy. While growing up with my nephews, they couldn't say "Michelle" and some how my nick name growing up became "Shell Shell". I was always called this by my nephews and sometimes still am even though they're now grown.

I'm pretty sure they're even taller now LOL

I shared the picture above to show you why this tattoo is important to me. Because of some personal issues, we didn't see eachother for several years and this picture was taken when I was reunited with my oldest nephew (in the green) after 10 years apart. 

At the time I got this tattoo, it was my way of trying to put that negative part of my life behind me and celebrate important people in my life. I didn't know what the future would hold but I love them so why not show that on me forever. I got this tattoo in 2008 and while my nephew in the red was back in my life, I was still missing that other part of someone that I grew up with and I was having a hard time because we were also getting married that Summer which meant he wouldn't be at my wedding. 

I got two sea shells since they called me "Shell Shell" and the waves were my tattoo artist's idea. This is the same person who was a family friend so while I didn't like the idea of waves, he said it would look really cool and to trust him. 

I shouldn't have!

While I love what the tattoo represents, I'm not a huge of it at all. The lines on the sea shells are blown out, the water at the bottom makes no sense with the light and dark blues, and then the "waves" look like creepy fingers. I've seen other pictures of waves that look awesome, so I know what he was attempting to do, unfortunately it didn't come off that way at all in my opinion. 

This tattoo is by far the worst one for me to date. It was hard to sit through and I really don't ever want to fix it but it's a must for me. I don't feel like it represents my nephews in the way I wanted it to and unless I can fix it some how, I'll have no choice but to cover it up and get two sea shells in another spot. 

This photo was my original sample that I showed my artist as to what kind of shells I wanted and now that I think about it more, I will figure out an alternative way to fix my foot and get something similar to this in the near future :)