So I Got My Tattoo…

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about people with tattoo’s and tattooed people, well yesterday, I went from being a person with a tattoo to being a person with tattoos.

My friend, Bronwyn, who is a tattooed person, recommended that I see her friend Paul, who had done the bulk of her tattoo’s. He of Handstyle Custom Tattoo’s.  So after meeting with him last week to discuss exactly what I wanted and the elements of my tattoo, I had my appointment yesterday.

Paul totally got what I was wanting, he did a gorgeous feminine and childlike design, which is what I wanted given that this tattoo is for my children. Here is the initial drawing:


The butterfly is for Ava, because she is my little butterfly, she is my symbol of hope & faith & rebirth. Her placement changed the course of my life, she is my rebirth. The little bird clutching an “H” is for Hannah and I love the twirlies between Ava & Hannah, which for me symbolizes their special connection. The flower is a Cinquefoil, which traditionally symbolizes either hope or beloved children.

 Then it was time to get down to business. I must admit, I was quite nervous as my first tattoo was very sore but now I see and can appreciate the difference between a newish tattooist and an experienced artist. Paul did not hurt me at all. Aside from a couple of places close to bone, where it was so sore, I got goose bumps & my hands started sweating, my tattoo experience yesterday was pretty much painless and I found myself yawning and wanting to put my head down and take a nap.


I was all done in under an hour and a half and it was a really pleasant experience, so much so that I may be tempted have some more work done by Paul. I already have an idea of something I’d like done on my foot but we’ll see.

Obviously not the best images, as you can see I’m very red and swollen but you get the general idea of just how gorgeous this will be once it’s all healed up.



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  • Reply Gail

    Beautiful…..think I will go to Paul for my next tat. I like his work.

    June 28, 2013 at 9:32 am
  • Reply cupcakemummy

    that’s absolutely BEAUTIFUL! i love the child like simplicity of it.
    and the meaning behind each little symbol just makes it that much more wow

    June 28, 2013 at 9:57 am
  • Reply Pamela


    June 28, 2013 at 10:12 am
  • Reply coco

    It is stunning Sharon! Show it off proudly!

    June 28, 2013 at 10:26 am
  • Reply Tania


    June 28, 2013 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Reluctant Mom

    That is beautiful and dreamy ……

    June 28, 2013 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Sandra

    Stunning!!! Love it!

    June 28, 2013 at 11:12 am
  • Reply Chantal

    Stunning and very special 🙂

    June 28, 2013 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Sian

    I really really like it!

    June 28, 2013 at 11:32 am
  • Reply Bianca

    This is too gorgeous! And Paul’s work is fantastic!

    June 28, 2013 at 12:39 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    It’s beautiful. I love the symbolism.

    June 28, 2013 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Juanita

    Very pretty and nicely done!

    June 28, 2013 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Julia

    I LOVE it! It’s pretty and funky and meaningful at the same time – the mark of a brilliant piece of body art.

    July 16, 2013 at 4:44 pm
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