Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Tattoo Tuesday V.5

I am so happy to share the darling Silje's tattoos in this week's Tattoo Tuesday. She is one of the sweetest ladies, and has some of the prettiest tattoos I've ever seen. Plus, we're Russian doll tattoo sisters separated at birth so I'm extra excited to feature her. ;) Thanks again, Silje, for being a part of this weekly feature! xoxo



Name and blog name:
Silje. http://www.littlebirdcrafts.blogspot.com/

Tattoo/location: Tea cup. Right hip/upper thigh

Artist/shop/location: Shaun Nel. http://shaunnel.com , Super genious tattoo (Seattle, WA)



1) Tell us about the tattoo you are sharing with us- is there a background story or special meaning?

Shaun was one of the first people I met my first time in the US, we quickly became really good friends, and when I decided to move to Kansas City from Norway, he offered me a place to live. Shaun and I lived and worked together for 4 years. He's done so many of my tattoos over the years, my chest piece, all of my leg tattoos, my hand. At this point I would pretty much let him tattoo me blindfolded.

The tattoo I'm sharing is my tea cup tattoo, it's a friendship tattoo with my friend Irene, who both Shaun and I worked with in KC. We started thinking about getting a matching tattoo, and since we both love tea, well all three of us really, it wasn't hard to pick what we were gonna get. It was also the last tattoo Shaun did on both of us before he moved to Seattle, and I to Portland.

2) Do you have any other tattoos? I do! If so, what do you have and where?

Wow, okay, where to start. I got my first tattoo when I was 17, which I then proceeded to hide from my parents till I turned 18. ...it was lettering across my stomach. Classy tattoos, for a classy lady. Hah!

I once remember saying I was never gonna get my arms tattooed, well look at me now.
Since then I am shy one tattoo on my bottom right arm to have full sleeves, my legs are covered, I have a full thigh piece, and enough black in on my side/ribs to fill a bucket.







3) Do you plan on getting more?

Oh yes, If it was up to me, and money and travel wasn't an issue, I'd get tattooed every week.



4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)?

My family is great, my mom and dad fully support me in any way, they love my tattoos, they see it as art, my dad even said he was proud of me once for sitting through it all. Last year while visiting my grandparents, my grandma, who had told me to cover up , "because I would be cold," when we were going to a dinner party, later told me to take my cardigan off to show off my tattoos to all her friends. Funny stuff. Most of my friends are covered head to toe so I don't think they mind at all ;) As far as negativity, oh yes, I get nasty comments and get judged by people on a daily basis. Try traveling, and standing in line at airport security, and "randomly" get questioned and searched every time.

5) Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed but haven't gotten one yet?

Research, research, research! I can't tell you how many times I have gotten customers who walk in without any idea of what they want even, but are ready to get tattooed right then and there.
Sit down, think about what you want, and WHO you want to get tattooed by.
Don't just pick an artist because he or she is giving you a good deal. Spend some time and look through portfolios, make sure the shop is clean, do you feel comfortable with the person doing your tattoo? All these things matter.

31 comments:

  1. ok, i've totally admired her tattoos from afar. it's awesome to read a bit of history of her. Gorgeous tattoos!

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  2. I love her russian doll tattoo. It is so so pretty!

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  3. If i could, i'd be totally covered in tattoos, like her, but i can't :-( i've only got one but planning to get another couple this year. Still deciding what I want!

    hellocathe2ine.blogspot.com

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  4. I love tattoo tuesday, silje is such a sweet girl, I'm really excited who will tell us more nex week ;) hugs form munich/germany, lilly

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  5. Love reading Slije's blog, I think she is just gorgeous and her tattoos are to die for, my fav is the Russian dolls...

    I love tattoo tuesday, keep up the great work..

    Cherie x

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  6. I love the sweet silje who tattooed my matryoshka on my hip last year. I feel part of the matryoshka tattoo sistership!

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  7. Silje is so beautiful. I love her tattoos! I love reading the backgrounds of what pieces they have.

    Thanks again for having this feature!
    Have a great Tuesday!

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  8. I love how colorful her tats are!

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  9. i love silje's blog and tattoos!! im so glad she was featured on here! gosh, i lived she lived closer, i would lovelovelove to have a tattoo done by her!
    -kel

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  10. Silje is so sweet, talented & creative! Love everything she creates and so glad you featured her so we could learn a bit more about her!!! Her tattoos are so amazing!!!

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  11. She's so adorable! I love her tattoo style and lovelove her prints :) I would not think twice about getting one as a tattoo, they're awesome.

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  12. wow, i love all her traditional work! absolutely breathtaking!

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  13. Beautiful tattoos! I don't have any...but wow thats are pretty and make me want one!!!

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  14. this is by far, the best tattoo tuesday featured yet. she is adorable. can't wait to see who's next <3

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  15. Oh I love her tattoos!!!! If I could I will have tattoos everywhere as well, but my husband just gives me a really hard time about it all the time! It is hard because I feel like I cannot be who I want to be :(

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  16. Silje is just adorable! I would love to get her to tattoo me!!

    xo,
    susannahbean

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  17. i love tattoo tuesday! i love her tattoos. each week gets me more and more excited to get my first tattoo for my 28th birthday this year! i can't wait.

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  18. AH I LOVE PORTLAND!! and russian dolls. sigh . . . i wish i had the extra cash for another tattoo NOW.

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  19. Oh, this is my favourite so far, she has totally inspired me.

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  20. omg she's my tattoo artist!!! (I recognized the small rectangle plates on the wall in her station) this is crazy! oh and her russian doll tattoo is amazing!

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  21. oh, silje <3 so proud to call her my friend. lovelove her.

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  22. i always knew id run into silje again! been a couple years but she still looks as great as ever. i love tattoo tuesday! such a fun idea :) keep doing it!!

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  23. Tattoos are part of my life, I don't know what I could do without tattoos, I've knew a lot people around that world who have tattoos and I can say they are that most cool people.

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  24. I am not real fantastic with English but I come up this real leisurely to interpret.

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  25. That is very good comment you shared.Thank you so much that for you shared those things with us.Im wishing you to carry on with ur achivments.All the best.

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