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    31 posts, 14 voices, 1793 views, started Jan 5, 2009

    Posted on Monday, January 5, 2009 by Jennifer Stewart

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      Hey ladies, i started this group so please share your ink!!



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          Inakika wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • I love tattoos! I have 3 (actually 4 but I had one covered) and I’m currently looking to do my next one. What tickled me is my grandmother who loved my last tattoo! She’s 87!
          I have 2 on my back and 1 on my ankle.



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          Jennifer Stewart wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • thanks for joining! I didn’t see any group on here like this one yet.  I love the flower with the butterfly its beautiful.  What are thinking about getting next?



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          Inakika wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • On my other ankle, I’m getting a vine with flowers that represent my sons birth months. It will also have 5 leaves to represent the 5 of us.
          Thank you for this group, we have talked tattoo in the past and one of our members has a full back piece! Hopefully she will post a pic for you to see. It’s still a work in progress but it’s lovely.
          Thank you for the compliment. All of my tats have something in common, either a butterfly or a flower. The butterfly represents my oldest son who passed away 3 years ago.



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          Jennifer Stewart wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • I am sorry for the loss of your son.  I think it’s wonderful for us to honor them on our bodies forever.  My 1st tat i got is on my ankle, its an angelfish swimming in the reef, then i got an owl sitting on a tree at night on my outer thigh.  No special meaning with those 2, but all of my tats have the same color blue in them somehow.



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          Inakika wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • Hey Blue, I read your welcome, how awesome! You have a beautiful tribute tattoo as well. Please share the meaning behind the snowflake.



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          Inakika wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • At my sons funeral, there were butterflies everywhere! My friends could not stop talking about them, to me it was a sign. The lone butterfly on my ankle has his initials in the wings, AJ.
          I have also noticed that anytime I am down, I have seen a butterfly. It’s the weirdest thing.
          Even when my husband and I were driving from California to Louisiana to buy our house, we saw so many butterflies along the way. We took it as a sign that we were doing the right thing.



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          Jennifer Stewart wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • The meaning behind the snowflakes...i live in michigan my mom had lived in fla since i graduated highschool (86). Years after my grandma passed my mom had a dream with her in it and it had snowflakes, my grandma was basically telling her in the dream that she should move back to michigan to be with her family again.  Well, she did in august of 06. It was wonderful to have her here again. Sadly she passed away in jan 07.  So we had her for 5 short months but it was the best ever.  I had bought a tat magazine that summer before she moved here and saw a pic of snowflakes and liked them then.  So when i was ready  i started my tat in july and it took 10 hrs and 4 visits!!! But i love it.



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          Inakika wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. How fortunate you were able to spend those last months with her. And what a beautiful and special way to memorialize her. 10 hours! WOW! But it was worth it.



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          Jennifer Stewart wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • I know!!! I never thought when i started it was going to be so big and take so long.  But it’s unique and beautiful. I love having her on my shoulder to be with me always.  When it snows i feel like it’s her falling from heaven to remind me that she’s with me.  My mom always thought of butterflies after my grandma had passed away.  I know what you mean when the signs are there that they are with us, we just have to recognize them.



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          Inakika wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • And what’s weird about tattooing is you become hooked, pain be damned. I never thought I would continue to get new ones but I have. Each year, since I moved here to Louisiana, I have gotten a new one for my birthday. AJ (my son) had quite a few and my youngest son has 2. He thinks it’s cool to go with his mom to get tattoos or to stop in to the shop and just poke around. I’ve gotten to be quite friendly with the people at my tattoo shop! estatic



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          Jennifer Stewart wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • Yes, i agree.  You forget how much it hurts till you‘re back in the chair!  I think it’s such a cool thing to share with someone and have them go with you.  My bf and i went with eachother.  I helped him finally get his tribute tat of his family.  His mom, dad, and brother had all passed away in the last 10 years and he wanted to get a tat but just didn’t have the motivation.  So we both got our tributes together.  It’s funny cuz my 7yr old nephew already wants a tattoo     uh oh auntie jenny’s a bad influence!!!



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          Inakika wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • LOL! My niece wants one too! She’s 15 and she has already described how hers will look. I am trying to talk her out of getting one on her hand, I personally don’t think that is a good choice for a young person. Maybe when she’s closer to our age and is in a different place in her life. But when you are just getting started it can sometimes give the wrong impression.
          Growing up in California I saw my young girlfriends have their necks tattooed. Now, in our mid-40’s they are regretting it.



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          Jennifer Stewart wrote Jan 5, 2009
        • That is a wonderful story behind your tat.  I really like the fact that all of u have it. It has bonded you in a way like no other.



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          Denise Richardson wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • I will add my pics maybe tomorrow seeing I just joined the group lol.



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          Jennifer Stewart wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Welcome neicy!! Glad to have you girl.



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          Cch2 wrote Jan 13, 2009
        • Thank you for sharing the stories and pics.  

          I have two tattoos; a tree of life on my back and for the irish in me a 3 leaf clover.  The leaves of the clover are shaped as hearts, one for each of my kids and the other for myself.  

          I waited till I was 39 to get my first tattoo, but they have such meaning for me that I know I will never regret it!
          I’ll try to upload a photo!



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          Rena Bennefield wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • WOW!! Ladies amazing heartfelt stories. I always tell people who ask about my tats don't get just anything look till you find something that has purpose and meaning. It's like buying jewelry..Unless you have a crap load of money to buy it(which I don't) You buy your pieces or receive them for special moments in life. All of mine mean something special. I have 16 last count. I am having a back piece done but had a falling out with the artist that had designed it originally with me..And now where I live the closest one is 20min away but his prices are way too high..And the next choices are about 80 miles away...I got my first tat when I was 21 it was a Butterfly =) it was a symbol of my free spirited ways..Then I had a flower it was for my personal growth. My next was another butterfly it was a symbol of my freedom and taking flight into life as an adult. The next another flower to represent the spring time of my life it blossomed beautifully... My next was a small teddy bear with blue eyes it says Honey next to it..it represents my cuddly side... Then I didn't get any for years...That's when I decided to get my back done. I had a recurring dream in it there were dragons and fairies..I was a fairy...After dreaming this 6 or 7 times I woke up and started looking on the internet and it was like a story unfolding..That's when I came up with my back piece..I have a tribal that follows a thong line it is a symbol of my strength, it's bold and not to thick... I have a chaos sign I designed that represents my constant state of mind and my life...The one on my wrist is in Kanji it means Dangerous..Why I got it..Well I'll tell ya a different time..I do have a palm tree and moon from when we went to South Carolina. I have a cresset moon around my belly button it's blue and has a face in it..The reason for that one is It has been my nickname for about 30 yrs..That's a different story..I'll tell ya later to..  I have some of mine posted on here in an album..I really like the butterflies you ladies have and the flower.

          Inakika  I am sorry about your Son ... That's a hard thing ..but I love the tats you have and it is a wonderful tribute to you Son..Nice lines and great detail.

           Blue Eyes..Thanks for the invite =) I am a lover of ink..I had quite a few piercings but my b/f didn't like them so I took them out...all but my bellybutton ring.. If I had not started dating him or if he had liked them, I was going to have rings 4 of them attached between my shoulder blades... It's all good he is worth it =) anyway..I am sorry also for the loss of your Mom.. And the snowflakes are a great tribute as well... I can't wait to see all the tats you wonderful Ladies have. This group is gonna be awesome..WOOT!!!!  



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          Rena Bennefield wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • This is the Kanji sign I have on the bottom side of my wrist
          The next is just a pic of 4 of my Fairies..The Redhead down at the small of my back is Me as a Fairy from my dream..I used to have deep burgundy hair also.



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          Inakika wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • Kat, thank you and I love your artwork! I one day hope to have my back covered about 50%.
          You know, it’s funny. People who are opposed to tattooing have no idea that usually there is a story behind your artwork. They have this idea of the drunken 21 year old that gets one on a dare.
          Mine mean so much to me, as I’m sure you ladies will agree.
          For me, as I’m sure for you all, it was a decision that I did not take lightly. It’s something I knew I would have to live with and I freely accept that.
          I hope to be 80+ years old, showing my grandkids the wrinkled wings of what used to be a butterfly, that’s now a moth! LOL!



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          Bobbi Bacha wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • Beachbum I love that about your dad and mother how absolutely beautiful about the infinity symbol. And all of you having it.  Its a truely amazing story.



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          Rena Bennefield wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • LOL that is so true..I can't tell you how many times I have been asked so how drunk were you when you got them..HA! I was sober as a judge.. I have also had people say..OMG what is that going to look like when your older..I just laugh and say well Hell I am 50 now and I am still getting them..So far so good..But if your referring to when I am 80 or 90...by then I won't give a poop... I joke with my son about when I have my funeral to be sure to lay me face down and open back..I didn't go through all this for nothing... He just rolls...Oh yeah when we went on our cruise to Mexico last summer..I had people compliment me the whole trip and one man came over and asked Jerry if he or I would mind if he took a few pics of my back..He said it was beautiful..I told him maybe when we come back I will have it finished..



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          Denise Richardson wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • This is one of two I talk about the reasoning behind it in your other blog thanks.



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          Fxydiva wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • I don’t have a tattoo, yet, but I plan on getting one when I go to florida at the end of this month (for the superbowl, but that’s another blog)!!  I haven’t quite decided yet what I want, but I think with today being my birthday, I may go to this local parlor here and see what they have.  But I am so glad to see my sisters (Fab40 girls) having and still getting tattoos!!



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          3sa wrote Jan 14, 2009
        • Hey Fxydiva if you go to Tampa to get your TaT, I recommend Artistic Armor Tattooing - Tampa, FL on 30th.  Over the years I’ve had all six of mine done there and it’s a great place.  The artist Tim did all mine also.  Here is the link if you are interested..

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          Rena Bennefield wrote Jan 15, 2009
        • Hay Fxydiva “Happy Belated B-Day” So did you find a tat you want?   Neicy I love that sweet tat..Hearts and Flowers..That is nice =)



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          Martha Perez Torres wrote Jan 27, 2010
        • Beautiful body art Kataramoon- I have one of three Cherubs-two boys (representing my twin boys) and a girl in the middle representing my daughter. I will try and take a picture and post it.



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          Angel2010 wrote Jan 31, 2010
        • I have several tattoos, & plan on getting more. I love them, it just my body art that symbolizes things that go on, or people that have moved on. It all means something that I love!!



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          Maryann Rhodey wrote Jan 31, 2010
        • What a great group of women you are.  Sharing all your stories about your tats and the meaning behind them.  They are all beautiful stories and tatoos.  

          I recently got my first with my daughter.  It took me a while to figure out what I wanted.  My daughter and I have the same tatoo, it's the celtic motherhood knot (you can see the basic design here but it's not mine [Link Removed]  I don't have a pic of it yet but I got mine on my back shoulder.  My daughter got hers on the inside of her wrist.  We each have two circles inside the heart to symbolize our two children, I have 2 daughters and she has two sons.  I love it.  

          When I first got it people would say if you have to explain it what is the sense in having it.  Well, my thought was if you have to explain it then it’s interesting.  

          I do want to get another warrior tat on my ankle for breast cancer.  My aunt passed away this summer from breast cancer and I have 3 friends who have or had it.  One is still dealing with it, another is finishing up surgery after a mastectomy and the third passed away.  So after I complete the Breast Cancer 3 day walk in Nov, I’ll get the warrior tatoo on my ankle.  One of my friends who is finishing up her surgery will be walking with me so we‘re going together.  

          Inakika, I love your story about the butterflies.  I truly believe there are signs everywhere from our loved ones who have left us.  Everytime I dream of my aunt or my mom, I feel like they are telling me that they are ok.  

          Look forward to seeing more of your tats.  I’ll post mine as soon as I get pics.


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