This is my poppy. It was my fourth tattoo, and it was done in October of last year. Poppies have been my favorite flower for as long as I can remember. My grandmom occasionally wore a pin of a poppy to church. Gran was sick and in the hospital when I got this. I remember coming home that night after getting the tattoo, and my mom telling me that Gran was getting worse. She passed away a few days after that. Even though this tattoo wasn’t necessarily a tribute to my grandmom, I think that’s what I’ll always see it as.
It was done by Brian at Sacred Ink Tattoos in Paducah, KY.
My first half-sleeve/back piece, which took a total of 6.5 hours between two sessions. The outline was done during the first session and the coloring was done during the second session.
I chose an autumn theme because autumn is the season when everything dies and provides you with a clean start in the spring. It is also the season that I met the love of my life and the season I found recovery from anorexia. I chose an owl because he stands for wisdom and protection. For me, this tattoo means that no matter what life throws at me, I can always start over, have the wisdom to do so, and know that I am never truly alone.
Owls are my favorite animals. They’re nocturnal, mysterious, graceful, intimidating, and a universal symbol of intelligence. They embody my best qualities and represent the attributes I respect and strive to demonstrate more often. I brought the idea to Jordi at Shanghai Tattoo in Spartanburg, SC. He sketched the owl with his wing out. It wasn’t something I had in mind before, but I think the wing gives a fun and lively quality to the owl. It’s my third and most recent tattoo.
Model: Heather Alcala
Body Painter: Rudy Zanzibar Campos
Photographer: The Loft Studios
Make Up: Victoria Silva
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Sarah Lee Williams Photography
Model: Heidi Jo
Makeup Artist: Eliza George
HairArtist: Kelly Michelle