Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Tattoo Tuesday V.26

This week I am super pleased to feature the ever-adorable Chelsea of Seablanket.com! Chelsea is a blogger friend of mine who you may remember from a couple of months ago, when I featured a giveaway from her then-new Etsy shop. Since then, her shop is really taken off and I've had a blast browsing her always-changing vintage and handmade items! Not only is this busy woman sweet as sugar, she's also has some amazing, amazing tattoos. I've fallen in love with her sleeve and I know you'll just love all of her artwork. So, without further adieu, here is Chelsea.

Name and blog name: Chelsea, from Seablanket.com

Age: 22

Occupation: Account Coordinator at an Advertising & Marketing Firm

Age of first tattoo: 18

Favorite tattoo: Stomach piece, reading Freedom

Featured tattoo/location: Deer Totem, Upper Arm Piece

Artist/shop/location of feature tattoo: Jerry Ware, Atlas Tattoo Parlor, Portland, OR, USA

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?

I love this piece. I have a particular fondness for deer, and really feel they reflect an ideal personality and spirit or innocense. I wanted to create a piece that refrenced an ideal person’s character, to keep as a reminder. As an ex-addict, this piece is a constant note-to-self to keep a pure heart, an honest tongue, and an open mind. I think it’s a beautiful.

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

I’ve got many more. On my neck, I have 3 wooden doves. On my shoulder, I have a one-man-band piece. My rib piece is of a compass rose with skelleton keys and wings holding the keys together. Both my hips have bows on them. I have the word ‘Freedom’ written across my stomach. My thigh has an in-progress piece that is a crown with jewels and a shredded banner that reads ‘honesty.’ My left foot has a hand holding a rose, and my right foot has a song lyric “let our passion bleed.”

3) Do you plan on getting more?

I absolutely do. I have a tattoo apt. on July 17th to finish my sleeve, and will begin working on my finishing my thigh piece after that. I have about 5 more in line, but I like to space them out over time.

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

I have faced a lot of negativity from family towards my tattoos. It’s been a big struggle for me emotionally, but has only made me stronger. Growing up in a small town, my family is accustomed to a much more conservative type of girl. I have been able to convince them that tattoos do not define me, nor do they change me.

Friends of mine have been very encouraging, as well as my artist. It’s great to have an artist who encourages my ideas and gets excited along with me. That evens out the scale.

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

Work with your tattoo artist. I think finding a good artist is just as important as the image you’re getting tattooed. Express your vision to your artist and ask for suggestions on how to enhance the piece. Think of it as a colaboration, where you both win; you get a more developed, creative piece of art, and your artist gets to be excited about seeing part of his visions fulfilled.


  1. This is such a great feature. All the ladies you interview are beautiful!

  2. i have found the most amazing ladies through your tattoo tuesdays!!! thanks so much!!

  3. Her featured piece is a-m-a-z-i-n-g! What a wonderful young lady :]

    Love and Turtledoves,

  4. Awesome feature. I loved this interview! She is so beautiful! ♥

    Same Page Notion

  5. Oh wow, I love the style of her tattoos. Just beautiful.

  6. Two of my favorite ladies on one of my favorite features ♥

  7. i love her tattoos !!!

    and just a question, how can i be featured on tattoo thuesday?

  8. Love this feature and especially today's tattoos! Gorgeous work and very inspiring!

  9. oh i love her, i think she's absolutely gorgeous and yes, does have amazing pieces.

  10. wow, those are the prettiest pieces i've ever seen! i adore them!

  11. she has amazing tattoos! i love her blog and shop, and the sweet necklace i won through the giveaway... she's awesome! :)

  12. wonderful feature! i love her arm tattoos!!

  13. i loveeee this feature! it is so inspiring and i love the advice given. and also i have been crushing on seablanket's tattoos foreverr. thank you! <3

  14. She's stunning with beautiful art.

  15. i love both her totem arm pieces - beautiful! (and love your blog too! and this is a great feature!)

  16. She's got some adorable type dresses on herself.

  17. she's adorable, her blog, and her tattoos of course!

  18. I would love to see the wings/keys tattoo featured. I have keys on my ribs and would like to incorporate them into an entire side panel.

    GREAT work too. They're flawless and so gorgeous.

  19. Love the arm tattoo!!!

    Oh, and cute dog!

  20. I love the one with the girl and deer <3

  21. Jerry Ware is amazing! I have a back piece/cover up done by him. It's great to see some of his other work.

  22. ok HOW are the colors on her tattoos sooo bright and FRESH looking?! the black on her feet especially kills me! I need to know for my next tattoo! The one I have is beautiful but it doesn't look that bright.

  23. wow these tattoos are so breathtakingly beautiful. I have to say that normally I'm a lurker but these pieces just struck me. They're so beautiful. I am currently un-tattooed, but have been researching and pondering for nearly a year now, and these features have really helped me and kept me from doing any thing rash while planning for something I'm going to absolutely love. Thanks for hosting them and finding such beautiful ladies with exceptional tattoos



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