overview of past tattoos I have been in love with

oook so clearly Im just starting this now. so there are many tattoos I have done already that have made an impact on me... from my first tattoo ever, to first big pieces, first portraits, first anything really!
When it comes time for me to do something new when a lot of people would stress I see it as a huge opportunity to learn. so for that I am thankful to every person who allowed me a first.
Im going to go over some past tattoos that have impacted me or that I just loved doing or the outcome.

I guess the best place to start would be the beginning. which beginning though!! When I was a young one prolly about 10 my dad let me test out a patch of color on his hand just so he could see what it would look like, knowing it wouldnt stay forever. In that moment is when I fell in love with tattoos and tattooing. I loved the feeling of the machine in my hand, and just the power! yea, a 10 year old on a power trip! When it came time for me to learn to tattoo for REAL I put everything I had into it. I WANTED to do it right so I worked so hard at it. When it was time for me to do my first real tattoo my dad volunteered again. he has always been so amazing for me. so much support and understanding and my biggest critic. I was so nervous during that first tattoo I could have cried. I put on my tough face and went at it! He got a katakana which basicly means Japanese they do it by pronunciation, generally names. He got my name! here it is!

And now Im looking through my portfolio online at what tattoos really stick out for me.

this is a recent one, a cheshire cat. its the second time I have tattooed this man, he is great! fun to talk to also! the first time I came to me he was in alot of turmoil going through devorce so he wanted a tattoo representing the two sides of a woman and I did two jasmines. a good one and an evil one! I will share pics of that one. but then he came back and got a cheshire cat and again gave me full artistic freedom which is really rare in my area so I took it and ran!! the cat he showed me was in blues, a typical American McGee Cheshire cat... but I put my own twist on it and did it with reds and oranges. some yellow highlights. I fell in love with this tattoo half way though!!!
first heres the jasmines.

and here is the cat!

they are two tattoos that I am extremely proud of! and Im truly glad that he really loves and appreciates everything I do for him and sends so many people to me for more work!

next in my mind looking through my pics, my first color portrait of a HUMAN! and I was sooo happy with this one too.. it was for a friend that works with my mom so the pressure is on to make sure he loves it! he wanted a cute old school style pin up in military clothes. the first thing that came to my mind was the Bettie Paige painting done by Olivia. I LOOVE that piece and I have seen it done as a tattoo so I had faith that I could do it! now I will admit there was a brief moment of panic while I was doing that tattoo but for some reason I get that a lot but I always ignore it and work through it and it always turns out for the best! this tattoo is in the front of my book and my online port because I just love how it turned out! and he seems to be really happy with it! I will have to swing by and peak at it tomorrow while Im in his area!

next I would probably have to say would be the first time I did ANY thing like a portrait and it was on a shop friend at the time.. now employee he was talking about if he ever had to get one he wasnt quite sure where to go. so I was like dude... I could do it! let me try it on ya... he is always a willing candidate! soo then we were trying to figure out what we should put on him so me and my sister brit just looked at each other and grinned! We told him he should get us! soo... hes like yeaa what the hell lets do it! we did it!! and I learned soo much while doing that tattoo! I did shade it really light the first time around but its better to be to light than to dark! but I have since gone back in and darkened it up and now I love them! they arent by any means perfect but it was the first time I had done anything like that in skin!

at the moment I will leave you with those but I think I would like to go through and talk to you more about some of the other pieces I have done. that is, if you are interested!
this blog so far has really been helpful for me to show how I feel about the work I do and how the people effect me... there is a piece that I really want to talk about but it really needs its own spot. the tattoo itself isnt where all the meaning is... its more the person but it really deserves its own blog!

well in the mean time if you would like to look at some of my other work... its here
check it out.
if you have any questions, feel free to ask!
<3 Chelsea

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my first tattoo journal

so yesterday a young guy came in to get a tattoo, he pulled out his phone to show me a pic, instantly I was slightly worried, I cant tell you how many times someone will pull out their phone to show me a pic of a horrible drawing and they want it JUST LIKE THAT! but this kid shows me a tattoo of a black graphic down a guys spine! this exact picture actually!

this design is something we have, its by a famous tattoo artist leo zulueta. He is famous for the "flower" type designs Lenny Kravitz has on his chest/shoulder area. so I was able to pull it right up for him! THEN they tell me the WHOLE story! they HAD an appointment at the other shop in the area and the guy
1) told them that design sucked and needed to be made more even and proportionate (I guess he knows better than "The KING of BLACK!)
2) they told them $700 and 2 sessions, 4 hours for line work! I took me just under an hour for the line work.
3) the boy told him he wanted to have green in it somehow as a memorial. the guy told him thats stupid and they wont do it.
and then he drew up a diffrent design and the kid didnt really like it but, he said thats what he had to get if he wanted something!
WOW its all about the customer! what they want should be what they get! we will guide them in a diffrent direction if theres a reason it shouldnt be as is.
so I got it all ready and they mention that he couldnt get it at the other place because he forgot photo ID but we got a solution to it!
they mention to me that the green is in memorial for a cousin who has passed away. Thats so honorable that he would want some green as a memory for his passed family member that I honestly felt bad that someone else had told him it was dumb.
through the time I spent tattooing the boy him and his mother and I had talked laughed and had a GREAT time! I hadnt expected it to be as fun as it ended up! and then I found out more about this cousin, he had been murdered, not just passed. That to me is horrifying! I never know what to say to people who have been though so much. I admire the kids strength and how hard it must have been to endure that! I could never! he is truely a brave soul! I cant even imagine, and I thought I was having a bad DAY! while doing the tattoo I could feel an amazing connection to both the boy and his mother and I am so glad that I could be part of his first tattoo experiance and to help him out if even just a little in the greving process.
and to this boy, if he is ever to read this. thank you for giving me the chance to be there.

thats all for today, but there are a few past tattoos that I would like to journal so I will soon!
<3 Chelsea

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