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Tattoorism 101: Jenny’s Unforgettable Memorial to Her Mother and Grandmother

February 12th, 2009

Despite unseasonably warm temperatures this weekend, I didn’t see any tattoos, shattering my expectations. However, all was not lost. I received a lovely e-mail from a reader named Jenny who brightened my day with an amazing tattoo. She must have been reading my mind when she said, “Since it’s winter and most of us have our ink covered by turtlenecks and wool sweaters, I would let one of my tattoos out and share it with you.”

And what Jenny sent me was a breathtaking floral tattoo that is simply beautiful:

I’ll let Jenny explain this piece in her own words:

“My grandmother and mother are two very special people in my life, and both have passed away. When I was 21, I got my first tattoo. It was a small piece, but it meant a lot to me. My mom was so excited for me – she told me that she wished that she had the money to get a tattoo herself! My mom died without ever getting a tattoo, but blue was her favorite color.

My grandmother passed away a few years after my mom, and I decided that I would get a tattoo for them. The tattoo did not start out as planned. I went in to the shop thinking that I’d get myself a small lilac on one shoulder that had a green ribbon wrapped around it (Grandma in the Green House had lilac trees). I was also toying around with the idea of some sort of blue tattoo for my mom, but I had no idea what to do.

When I talked to the tattoo artist, she was designing a lovely lilac tattoo, and I asked her to put some Forget-me-nots with it for my mom. She created two separate sprigs, and the forget-me-nots were perfect. I went in to plan for a lilac tattoo, but I left with a shoulder of forget me nots (my largest tattoo, and I had it done in one sitting – it was intense, but I am so glad that I did it in one sitting). A sprig of lilacs will go on the left shoulder once I have some more money and the design is “right” (it’s good but not ready, yet). For now, I have my mother’s forget-me-nots intertwined with my grandma’s green ribbon.”

A closer look shows how well the two elements of the forget-me-nots and the green ribbon are woven together, just as Jenny’s mother and grandmother are permanently sewn into the fabric of her life:

This simple and poignant memorial tattoo was inked by Kira at Sleepy Hollow Studios in Potsdam, New York (40 minutes from the Canadian border).

Much thanks to Jenny for being a loyal reader and from infusing a drab weekend with color by visiting us here at Tattoosday and sharing her tattoo!


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