Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Tattoo Tuesday V.18

Yay for my girl Mercedes and yay for her letting me feature her here! I've known this gal for quite some time now, and she even lived here in Prescott for awhile. I wish I could convince her to move back so we could have some fun girl time! She's gorgeous, and funny, and so blunt it makes me laugh. I know you'll love her and all of her advice. So without further adieu, Ms. Mercedes!



Name: Mercedes Hernandez

Tattoo/location: Bearded Lady / Backside of left calf

Artist/shop/location: Chris Lacy / Soul Expressions / Temecula, CA



1) Tell us about the tattoo you are sharing with us- is there a background story or special meaning? Why did you choose this particular piece of art?

The artist originally drew this for the invite for a party his wife and I were throwing for our birthdays. Wouldn't it be great if it were socially acceptable for women to have beards and mustaches? Honestly, the tattoo doesn't have any particular meaning to me. I just love it. I'm not sure if I'll ever get it colored-in as it hurt pretty fucking bad. (Dani, can I curse on your blog?)

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

I have 'Esco Por Vida' on my chest, a Neutral Milk Hotel tattoo ever so awkwardly on my forearm, an anchor under my chin, an unfinished GG Allin tattoo on the back of my right arm, 'Honestly' tattooed across my foot, 'Say Yes' tattooed on my wrists to name a few others.





3) Do you plan on getting more?

Mostly, I would like to get stuff redone. My skin is always so ashy no matter what, and no colors really pop. What a drag.



4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)? Have you run into any adversity or negativity because of them?

Growing up, my dad owned two tattoo shops. Needless to say, he didn't care. As for my mother, I'm pretty sure I can do no wrong in her eyes. My brother, sister and aunt are all heavily tattooed, even more so than me. The amount of family members I have that aren't tattooed is shrinking as everyone gets older.

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

Shit.

I'd like to think we're civilized enough as culture that we don't gasp, cover our children's eyes or make snide comments under our breath when a pretty girl with tattooed sleeves walks into a room. Unfortunately, we are not. I know some people who are tattooed with all really meaningful and beautiful stuff and then the 400 lb woman in Ross says something shitty within earshot and bums them out. If you can take it and want to express yourself in that way, then I say go for it. However, if you're sensitive to that sort of thing (which I am on occasion,) then I wouldn't do it.

19 comments:

  1. Love her answer to number five. Sometimes I get really sensitive too, but what makes me feel better about snide/rude comments is knowing I have tact, that I'm not ignorant, and that I have the guts to wear what I find beautiful on me forever. (I'm hoping this makes sense, I'm running on an hour of sleep!)

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  2. That bearded lady is gorgeous. I don't even think it needs colour to be honest - it's beautiful the way it is. These are the sort of tattoos I love (and have!) Strange little old images that don't necessarily have any meaning as such, but are just beautiful to look at.
    Clare x

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  3. she is SO COOL! i love her honesty, and i totally agree. it makes me so mad that there is such a stigma regarding individuals who are tattooed... it's a shame. i think tattoos can be a beautiful form of expression and are total works of art! i don't have tattoos, yet, but when i do - i will most definitely wear them with pride! :)

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  4. that bearded lady is divine, as is the NMH tattoo! although, i couldnt rock an under the chin tattoo, it rocks on her!

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  5. Great attitude! Awesome tattoos! The bearded lady is divine...the anchor would be hard for most people to pull off...you however "rock it girl!"

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  6. I bearded lady and NMH tattoos are lovely!!!

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  7. Danielle, I really love your Tattoo Tuesday. Everyone has such different things to show and say, especially the answers to number 5 are always great. But today's number five was the best.

    Love and Turtledoves,
    Jaco

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  8. Such great tats and some really thoughtful answers.

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  9. I really love that you do these posts. I have 5 tattoos and am about to get another one and my mom if freaking out. Freaking out so much so that I am almost ready to tell her not to call me anymore. She told me I'm going to look like a carni. Tattoos are beautiful works of art and I feel that they help me express myself to the world outside of my head. Thanks again!

    And the bearded lady is awesome!

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  10. Wait a second! Has anyone realized that the bearded lady is, in fact, tattooed on the back of my RIGHT calf? Shhhiiiit.

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  11. love all her pieces! would love to see this GG Allin tattoo!

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  12. What great advice & how awesome! That tattoo shop is in my little city! Yay! I'm definitely going check out his work. (:

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  13. I seriously don't get why people have to hate on ladies (or men) with tattoos. They're such a beautiful way of self-expression! Haters.

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  14. i love your tattoo tuesdays... i love tattoos of all kinds and i love check out other peoples tats!

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  15. i love tattoo tuesday! i just went back through all the previous ones and i am inspired :)

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  16. Mercedes, you are the bestest in the westest!

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  17. I really like the pictures you've drawn

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  18. i really like the beard girl!!! maybe my next tatt' :p

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