Designing my next tattoo (!)

When I was in my early 30’s my best friend moved away. We decided that we would make a plan to ease our sorrow by doing something a little naughty. A little shocking. We were moms and moms in the 90’s were not getting tattoos. Each of us picked a small design and we went in search of a tattoo artist in my friend’s new town (Eugene, OR). There were not very many tattoo shops from which to choose. We finally found one that didn’t frighten us and an old hippie named Doug tattooed a shooting star on my wrist and a treble clef onto my friend’s neck. Thus began a small, very slow-growing, addiction. Thank goodness tattoos have gotten so popular.

My latest idea is to put my cat, Angel, on my arm. You can see her above on the blog header and here:my cat, Angel

She is a difficult girl to photograph as she is very dark. I played around on Photoshop and came up with this:cat-tattoo-step-one

Then last week I was in a shop and found this great idea. Look!

A cat portrait by Ryan Berkley

A cat portrait by Ryan Berkley


My mother made me many, many cute dresses when I was a little girl. Thankfully school photographers captured many of them. Angel is about to get to wear one. But which one??

my school pictures

Back onto Photoshop for some very rough drafts…

Now it is a matter of choosing which angle most captures my little kitty and which dress would have her looking her best. Please cross your fingers that my tattoo artist is willing! I have been told “no” plenty of times.


cat tattoo with collar

Here I am getting my last tattoo.  It hurt!

Here I am getting my last tattoo. It hurt!

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6 thoughts on “Designing my next tattoo (!)

  1. I like the second design – okay, I love it! I think you should hold Angel on your lap to help ease the pain for your next tattoo! You are awesome.

  2. Look at how cool my mother is! I also vote the second one. It captures her small size and sweetness better then the closer up. Next up, mother daughter tattoos!

  3. I agree with the second one. The collar isn’t quite right on the first one. She is a beauty.

  4. PS, I can’t believe that you got that star so long ago! Seems like yesterday.

  5. Second! :) Also, next year we should get tattoos. I want roses on my thigh once the baby weight is gone!!!!

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