At the moment I have one tattoo on my right wrist (a swirly-twirly pattern of sorts) which I had done when I turned 18. I like that its in an obvious place where it can be seen constantly, not hidden away to be pulled out occasionally and shown to friends. I don't like tattoos that can't be seen, I don't really get the point of them. Yes, I understand that some people can't have tattoos on show due to work, and it makes me feel extremely luck that I don't have to worry about such things in my job.
I've known now for a good few years that I want my next tattoo to be on my other wrist, but I only got around to planning it just last week. I had a general idea that I wanted it to be based around fairytale and folklore so I dove into some research and image-hunting with that in mind. After a few hours of manic image saving, I resurfaced from the sea of google with a folder rammed full of Arthur Rackham illustrations and not a whole lot else.
"Right....an Arthur Rackham style tattoo it is then!" I thought triumphantly.
"And lets make it a full forearm half sleeve while we're at it!" - I was obviously mad-drunk on fairy tale imagery.
|My favourite Arthur Rackham illustration.|
This mermaid riding a fish will be featuring in my half-sleeve.
Its going to feature a whole mash of fairytale goodness and delight, but some of the things which will definitely be in it are - lots of trees and branches (of course), a dragon, a mermaid (see above), little red riding hood and the wolf, playing cards, mushrooms and a teapot. All in the style of the wonderful Arthur Rackham. I'm so anxious to see what else he comes up with and how it all looks together! I can barely contain my excitement! I have no idea how I'm supposed to wait a week!
In the meantime I plan to placate myself with some research into the folklore and traditions surrounding tattoos. I want to find out about the meanings and superstitions behind them, who got them and why. I'll post my findings here - I just know its going to be delightfully interesting!
I'll keep updating as things about my own tattoo adventure as it progresses, and hopefully it wont be too long before I have some lovely new art on my arm.
Happy Adventuring xx