The work of tattoo artist Esther Garcia – a variant of the controversial ‘blackout’ tatt fad of recent years in which flowers, winged creatures and other motifs are added against a black background with a nod to the style of 17th century Dutch still life.


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        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          I like the colour more against the the black than I do colour on pink skin, very pretty

      1. Clampers Outside

        Two… an Om on my left rib cage by my heart and a cross on my right hip.

        Always liked the idea of the Trimurti and cycle of life symbolised in the Om. Got that one in India. A fitting that for a prolonged travel around the country.

        The cross has pagan, celtic and Christian symbolism on it (it being a cross, of course) – I liked the fact it has all three spanning much of the history of the island.
        It was scanned from a photograph of a cross from a priory that bares my real life surname too.

        I carried the idea of getting either tat around with me for years before indulging my first, the Om, at age 29 – and being in the country of origin helped me make the decision. The cross then at age 35.
        The cross was to be completed in two stages, outline first, then shading a month or two later. Unfortunately, the tattooist who worked out of a parlour on Parliament Street died during the intervening period so I never did get the shading done… I never did think it wholly necessary, and I have always liked it as is. RIP that man.


        1. Clampers Outside

          I’d like to mention also that the founder of the priory from which the cross came was heavy into abstinence which a few years later came to be somewhat important for me personally, after rehab.
          He was also, apparently, a real a**hoop, a right proper b****** of a Brother :0)

          1. Cú Chulainn

            I’m from a world where it was drilled into you from an early age to leave no identifying mark on your body. One moment of doubt in the mind of someone who would hurt you, could save your life. Lovely tats in fairness and I think they will age beautifully..

  1. Slightly Bemused

    Those are beautiful! Fair dues to the lady, as this must have been a study in pain and patience.

    That being said, I reckon she should wear a nice short sleeve floral dress to some function and have people guessing where the dress ends and the tattoo begins, or even if… :)


    1. Slightly Bemused

      Before anyone jumps on me, I know they are of different people, not one ‘she’ as I indicated. I had in mind the lady in the first and fifth pictures (same person, I think) and of course assumed everyone else knew that :)

  2. Bertie Blenkinsop

    They’re some of the nicest tattoos I’ve seen but I still don’t like them.

    Good luck to you if you have them they’re just not for me.

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