Monday Montage: Tattoos, I Love You

I am not sure if I have written about my tattoos and my love of being tattooed and wanting more tattoos before… did I mention that I love that I have tattoos and want more. Oh yeah, I really do. Really really do. In fact I hope that someday I will be fully covered, minus my face and rear end, but who knows? When that is the only real estate left I may be willing to sell it to an awesome tattoo design.

I have numerous tattoos and I love them all, some are aged and not the best quality, some are downright awesome, but all of them are a part of me and my story. And though you may think that tattoos have nothing to do with travel, many of my tattoos are inspired by my world travels. For something a little different today, I am going to share my tattoos. I figured it would be fitting considering my ‘Blog of the Week.’

Blog of the Week

Eva from The Tattoo Tourist, is a northern California girl just like me, and she has a love of travel and tattoos just like me!  I feel like we are kindred spirits in many ways. Her articles are mainly about tattoos (if you are even thinking of getting a tattoo, make sure to check out her site first) but she also writes about music and her past travels in South America.  It really is a must read… there is a meeting with a witch doctor, young stupid love, and lots of crazy mishaps! NewLogo-1

When I told Eva that she was going to be my blog of the week she asked me to mention her work with P-Ink. Eva is the Northern California leader for www.p-ink.org which offers free tattoos for breast cancer survivors to cover their mastectomy scars.

Coming up in October (the weekend of the 10th to be exact), there will be a P.Ink Day. It is a their big “raise awamendopinkreness” event of the year and will hopefully bring media attention and donations to help fund mastectomy tattoos for survivors for the rest of the year.  From Eva, “It’s a great cause and I’m proud to be a part of it. I have been through it myself (that is how I tipped over the edge and became a straight up tattoo fiend!). I have 3 survivors paired with three awesome artists this year and I am pretty excited.​” So make sure that you go to P.Ink and help in any way that you can!

Eva is one busy lady, on top of her work on her awesome blog and charitable work,  she has another project that she just started with her friend Jennifer. I wanted to share it here, Mendo-licious is the place to go for all the recipes you could think of for edibles (where it is legal of course). Check it out!

Pictures of the Week

Now for my tattoos, some are old, some are new, all of them are loved. 🙂

 

This was my first tattoo... It is on my left shoulder blade and was yellow morning glories and a colorful butterfly. Now it is kind of blobby (and will be covered up most likely). But hey, for being on my tanned shoulders for 18 years, it looks pretty good.
This was my first tattoo… It is on my left shoulder blade and was yellow morning glories and a colorful butterfly. Now it is kind of blobby (and will be covered up most likely). But hey, for being on my tanned shoulders for 18 years, it looks pretty good.
My second tattoo... a monarch butterfly. I got this is honor of my Granny who passed away when I was 19. She always wanted a tattoo and died without getting one, so I got it for her.
My second tattoo… a monarch butterfly. I got this is honor of my Granny who passed away when I was 19. She always wanted a tattoo and died without getting one, so I got it for her.
I did not make it through the 90's without a tribal tramp stamp. This one was my third tattoo and one that I actually really wanted done at the time. My Auntie Melly sat with me the whole time I was having it done. Good times.
I did not make it through the 90’s without a tribal tramp stamp. This one was my third tattoo and one that I actually really wanted done at the time. My Auntie Melly sat with me the whole time I was having it done. Good times.
While living in Taipei, Taiwan, Chad and I chose Chinese names. Mine was Chao Mei Li (probably spelled wrong). I had it tattooed on my wrist during my time there. It was my first "traveling" tattoo. It reminds me of our time living there.
While living in Taipei, Taiwan, Chad and I chose Chinese names. Mine was Chao Mei Li (probably spelled wrong). I had it tattooed on my wrist during my time there. It was my first “traveling” tattoo. It reminds me of our time living there.
This one is a hilarious story... Chad and I were bored one day after Thanksgiving and decided to go get tattoos. I was going to get something small on my wrist to mirror my Chinese name tattoo. I ended up with Meara, my Irish pin up girl largely displayed on my inner arm. This tattoo is one of my two favorites. I love it.
This one is a hilarious story… Chad and I were bored the day after Thanksgiving about 6 years ago and decided to go get tattoos. I was going to get something small on my wrist to mirror my Chinese name tattoo. I ended up with Meara, my Irish pin-up girl largely displayed on my inner arm. This tattoo is one of my two favorites. I love it.
This one was another spur of the moment tattoo. Chad and I and our friend Marisa all got matching tattoos one night on a whim. This says, "I'd eat your brain" which is a lyric from a National song. It was our favorite song to sing together. Now everyone thinks I am a zombie fan girl (so far from the truth), but I still love this one. It's a good thing I do, because it is on the back of my neck.
This one was another spur of the moment tattoo. Chad, I, and our friend Marisa all got matching tattoos one night on a whim. This says, “I’d eat your brain” which is a lyric from a National song. It was our favorite song to sing together. Now everyone thinks I am a zombie fan girl (so far from the truth), but I still love this one. It’s a good thing I do, because it is on the back of my neck and everyone sees it.
My lower arm half sleeve. This one started out as a world map outline with black and grey roses and ended up with deep colors, moths, and our first trip mapped out around the world.
My lower arm half sleeve. This one started out as a world map outline with black and grey roses and ended up with deep colors, moths, and our first trip lined out around the world. Photo bomb by Jingle.
In the past, USA Navy men would get an anchor tattoo when they had made it all the way around the world. When we went back to America for a visit last year, I earned my anchor.
In the past, USA Navy men would get an anchor tattoo when they had made it all the way around the world. When we went back to America for a visit last year, I earned my anchor.
This one is my elephant gypsy girl. Luckily you cannot see it too much in the picture, but this one has a blue aura around it from the tattoo artist being so heavy handed that it "blew out" under the whole tattoo. It is rare, but does happen. It was a bummer, but the tattoo is still beautiful.
This one is my elephant in the traditional gypsy girl pose. Luckily,  you cannot see it too much in the picture, but this one has a blue aura around it from the tattoo artist being so heavy-handed that it had a “blowout” under the whole tattoo. It is rare, but does happen. It was a bummer, but the tattoo is still beautiful.
My most recent addition. I got this bongo style dot work fish at the last Phuket Tattoo Convention by the amazing Obi who traveled from India to be there. I will be getting more from him in January. Woo hoo!
My most recent addition and other favorite. I got this bongo style dot work fish at the last Phuket Tattoo Convention by the amazing Obi who traveled from India to be there. I will be getting more from him in January. Woo hoo!

 

 


Now it’s your turn! Are you a tattoo lover or hater? Do you have any tattoos? What would you get/did you get if you have any? Leave a comment and let’s chat!

 

  33 comments for “Monday Montage: Tattoos, I Love You

  1. Benay
    September 7, 2015 at 10:28 pm

    Love the tour and look forward to future updates! I have a small dragon on my baby toe. Way too delicate a thing to have attempted in that spot. I call it my varicose vein but have no regrets. I was young and it was fun 😉
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    • andthreetogo
      September 8, 2015 at 6:59 am

      Thanks B! They have some amazing tattoo artists in Spain if you decide you ever want more. 🙂

  2. eva
    September 7, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Oh thank you thank you for all your kind words! And hell-ooo you have way more ink than I do – I’m in awe. I love that you featured each one and gave the story – that is so awesome! You are the best! More ink!! More writing!!
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    • andthreetogo
      September 8, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Thank you for your kind words as well! I am so glad to be able to share your sites and work with P.ink. 🙂

  3. Patricia
    September 8, 2015 at 12:03 am

    Tattoo lover! Its funny but we were in church yesterday and the sermon and scripture made me think of my next tattoos! Anyone else like that?! Inspired to tat by church?! Eh anyways im stoked because Ive been a little stuck on what i want for a while and now its totally planned! With these ideas my 3/4 sleeve will be finished! When i have money and arent pregnant… I love tattoos and being tattooed! The pain, the beautiful result and looking at them for years to come? PS I may copy you and get a butterfly for my grandma who died 2004. One sunday walking out of church she found a dead butterfly and gave it to me (this is like 20 yrs or so ago…wow that feels weird) anyways i wrapped in cling wrap and still have it in my bible today! Maybe ill get it! And ya dont know if you know but im pregnant! Baby #4 here we come! April 8, 2016❤

    • andthreetogo
      September 8, 2015 at 7:02 am

      Oh my goodness! I didn’t know! Congrats! Mya, Ava and Jaidyn must be so excited!!!!
      Tattoos are the best… And a great way to remember those that have made a difference in our lives.

      • Patricia
        September 8, 2015 at 10:56 am

        Yes everyone knows now. Im 9 wks and we waited to tell anyone (kids included) until i was 8 wks and we went and saw the peanut and heard the heartbeat? ya now that i cant get any tattoos my yearning is worse! I always want some but now its forbidden im jonesing?

        • andthreetogo
          September 8, 2015 at 2:45 pm

          Is it not ok to get tattoos when pregnant? Also, isn’t that always the way? We always want what we can’t have. Lol

  4. Lani
    September 8, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I have a tattoo, but only my closest friends know I have it because I keep it covered up. It’s on my left back shoulder and it’s an Asian fan with flowers. I got it when I was 20 or 19 in Colfax Denver (seedy part of town). So, it’s really old now. Hahahhaa. But it was done well and still holds up after all this time.

    After I got it I wanted another one, but I never did. I think one is good enough for me 🙂
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    • andthreetogo
      September 8, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      A secret tattoo 🙂 it’s never too late for more… Wink wink. 🙂 haha

    • andthreetogo
      September 8, 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Also, I feel so lucky that you shared 🙂

  5. Roma
    September 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    This is awesome! I don’t think I knew many of your tattoo stories. They’re so fun and this post definitely made me want more! The problem is narrowing it down to what to get first and where! Thanks for sharing 🙂
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    • andthreetogo
      September 8, 2015 at 2:48 pm

      For sure, this was a fun one to write… And I just figured out that I left one out on accident! Will have to update this post. Lol. I tend to be the “lets go for it and see what I end up with.” Hahah.

  6. Jhanis
    September 8, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Tattooed mom here! Although I can’t say I’m proud of them! I got 2 tattoos during my senior year in highschool and my friend did them. They are UGLY! Hahaha! They were awesome back in the days! I am planning to get a cover up but budget doesn’t allow it. As soon as I have saved enough, I always think of other things more important to spend on! Hahaha! Maybe I’ll have them done as a Christmas gift to myself this year. Fingers crossed!
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    • andthreetogo
      September 8, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      Oooohhh… I want to see! Tattoos are very expensive… I think I may have to start a go fund me to get all the ones I want. 🙂

  7. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    September 8, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Your bongo fish is beautiful! I didn’t realize black and white tattoos would look so stunning! Regarding your questions, you’re corresponding with a girl who doesn’t even color her hair. I’m waiting to see if I’ll get a pretty white or a dull gray. But, I’m thinking, for me, the butt would be the first place I’d have tattoos put on my body! Make that sag line not so obvious. And the blog of the week, what a special task—aligning mastectomy patients with great artists. If I have to have mastectomies, I think I’d be exploring this. I always said if I had to have mastectomies (I had to do some time on a breast cancer service in med school), I wanted to run with my shirt off afterwards. Jenny, have a great week!
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    • andthreetogo
      September 8, 2015 at 7:52 pm

      Haha… Sag line. Oh my. You make me laugh.
      It is an amazing way to make mastectomy scars beautiful isn’t it?

      • thehomeschoolingdoctor
        September 15, 2015 at 6:49 pm

        Yes. It would be a beautiful way to enhance the scar lines.
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        • thehomeschoolingdoctor
          September 15, 2015 at 6:51 pm

          And make that a black and flesh fish (rather than black and truly white 🙂 (Because as I read the comments below, I realized there really is no white.) 🙂
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  8. Chamisa
    September 9, 2015 at 4:26 am

    How fun that you shared your tattoos and their stories! I love the look of that fish – is there some white in there? I like most of the pictures I’ve seen of white tattoos and I’m guessing they probably fade better than black. I don’t have any tattoos yet, but that is only because I haven’t been able to decide what I would want to look at for the rest of my life. Too many choices :). My husband wants sleeves, but he has to get tenure (and a pretty awesome pay raise) first. I got piercings instead because you can take them out – ha! I have noticed other girls that have pinup tattoos like yours, but I can’t wrap my mind around it. I must be really daft, so help me understand the appeal of the pinup?
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    • andthreetogo
      September 9, 2015 at 1:12 pm

      I have piercings too and totally understand your reasoning for going that route. 🙂
      There is no white in the fish. I have some white in other ones, but it does tend to fade much more quickly than other colors, though I am not an expert in that by any means…
      I think as far as the pin-up girl tattoos go, it probably depends on the person that has it. For me, I fell in love with the traditional tattoos. Ships, anchors, pin up girls, the ones that you see on the tattooed ladies of side shows in the past. I love that look. So for me, that’s why I have one (and she’s Irish because I am partly Irish.) 🙂

      • Chamisa
        September 10, 2015 at 3:16 am

        That makes total sense, and now I see how it really fits in with the theme of your other tattoos. Very cool! Bummer about white fading faster 🙁
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        • andthreetogo
          September 10, 2015 at 7:26 am

          I could be totally off about that, but it’s what I have heard. Still worth a try 🙂

  9. Sue Slaght
    September 9, 2015 at 11:34 am

    Wow that was a fascinating tour. No tattoos for me but my daughter loves them!
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    • andthreetogo
      September 9, 2015 at 1:15 pm

      I am glad you liked it. 🙂 will have to update it periodically as I add more.

  10. Leslie from Harris Hippies
    September 9, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    “I did not make it through the 90’s without a tribal tramp stamp.” Oh my goodness — I snorted my coffee when I read this! Ha! Yes.

    • andthreetogo
      September 9, 2015 at 4:31 pm

      Hahah… It was a total sign of the times hahaha. I’m glad you can laugh with me about it. 🙂

  11. Rachel
    September 23, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I LOVED this post so much. It was a wonderful way to bond, as I too did not escape without a ‘tramp stamp tribal’ above my bum. Because well, that’s where they go. Also, a chinese symbol on the back. The wall said it meant beginning/end, the people at the local restaurant says it means start/finish. Close enough. I LOVED your elephant, and had never heard of a blow out happening. And your new fish. BEAUTIFUL. So happy I stopped by to visit you today. This post made my day so happy. Thank you. Loves and hugs! <3

    • andthreetogo
      September 23, 2015 at 7:16 pm

      Thank you so much Rachel! I am glad I’m not the only one that has a remembrance of the 90’s 🙂

  12. Jenn
    November 17, 2015 at 3:03 am

    I really love the anchor tattoos. I’ve been dreaming of getting one with some of my favorite lyrics; “I’m starting to believe the ocean’s much like you, cause it gives, and it takes away” – Thrice, Open Water. It’s one of the few tattoo ideas I’ve had that has stuck with me over the years.

    • andthreetogo
      November 17, 2015 at 9:50 am

      Thanks Jen! I think if you have an idea of what you want you should do it! I am much more of a spur of the moment tattoo chooser, so when I know someone that has one planned I am always impressed. 😉

  13. Olivia Sherwin
    January 13, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Thanks for sharing your great experiences with getting tattoos and what they all mean to you! Tattoos look really cool, but what I like most about them is the story and meaning behind each one. I’m thinking about getting my first one, so I’m trying to come up with something that is important to me!

    • andthreetogo
      January 13, 2016 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks 🙂 thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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