Thursday, 28 January 2016

Alice in Wonderland sleeve tattoo: first sitting

I remember as a young teenager always watching shows like LA or Miami Ink on a Saturday morning with my friends, and I couldn't wait to be old enough (and out of school) to be able to get tattoos and piercings and look like Kat Von D. I got my first tattoo booked a week before my 18th birthday and my best friend sketched it up for me. I've been pining after a sleeve tattoo for years, specifically of the Tim Burton aesthetic, and the  when the Alice in Wonderland film came out I knew that was what I wanted.

I booked the tattoo on Halloween last year and yesterday was my first sitting. I am so incredibly happy with it already and can't wait to see what it will look like finished, it's already better than I ever dreamed it would look.






I had it done by a local artist called Ben Boston, he drinks in the pub where I work, he's a lovely guy and super talented. The sitting was 2 hours,  with 30 minutes to draw it all on freehand (except for the white rabbit which he stencilled) and then an hour and a half to tattoo it all into place.

And yes, it will be finished in time to ruin my wedding photos ;)

25 comments:

  1. It's going to be amazing!
    I actually made an appointment with a tattooist next week to see what can be done about my old tattoo.

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  2. Wow looks like it's off to a good start. Amazing artistry

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    1. Yeah he's a great artist, I have a print of his also waiting to go up on my wall at home

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  3. Ooo, I hope you take another photo of the black line in place. I'm dying to see all of the details! Beautiful!

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    1. I will be sure to :D you will probably be sick of seeing photos by the time it's finished ;)

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    2. I will be sure to :D you will probably be sick of seeing photos by the time it's finished ;)

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    3. Nah, I love seeing the various stages of tattoo work. :) Keep 'em coming!

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  4. Wow, you have a very skilled and talented tattoo artist :D

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    1. Yes, he certainly is :D he was worth queing up for!

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  5. Pretty cool he did it all freehand right on your arm! Will it be coloured or gray tones? I hope your wedding dress is sleeveless. ;)

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    1. Yeah, with a sharpie no less ;) lol. It's going to be pretty much a similar colour pallet to the film, maybe just a bit darker. And yes, it's having detachable lace sleeves, which will be see-through anyway! Ha!

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    2. Freehand artists are crazy talented!

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    3. And yay, cos it'd be a shame to cover it! ;)

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    4. Haha! You are right about that Laura ;)

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  6. Ahhh ok I am pretty far behind in blog reading! So this is the new tattoo! Wow! It is beautiful! Going to be a masterpiece!!!

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    1. Pretty sure you saw it on Facebook though right? Haha.

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  7. LOL to the whole "tattoos will ruin your wedding photos" thing! People said that to me all the time, it's so odd to me to think of how some people still get all worked up over tattoos/piercings/etc. I think it will look awesome in your photos!

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  8. I know right! It's ridiculous. my gran was shocked that I was having it done in time for the wedding, she thought I might at least wait until after! This is me, every day, so why would I want to not look like myself on a day we will look back on for the rest of our lives? Our wedding day is us celebrating our true selves with everyone, not conforming to the mainstream idea of a wedding just for one day!

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  9. WOW! It's amazing! So fantastic!!!

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