Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tattoo Tuesday V.31

This week I am happy to feature the adorable Ashleigh! She is a fellow tattooed mama-to-be, and if you don't already regularly stop by to read her posts, you definitely need to pop over and say hello! The heading on her blog says, "The ramblings of a snowboarder from southeast Alaska who loves tattoos, snow, cupcakes, antique furniture, retro/mod housewares, thrifting, crafting, green tea, apple pie, cashmere, music, photography, collecting.....and lots lots more..." so if that doesn't intrigue you, I don't know what will! Happy reading, and thanks again Ashleigh for being our 31st feature here on Tattoo Tuesday.

Name and blog name:
Ashleigh Ewing / http://danashleighewing.blogspot.com

Age: 25

Occupation: I slang coffee in a cold rainy city

Age of first tattoo: 19

Favorite tattoo: This is a tough one, I love all my tattoo's so much. But if I had to pick just one it would be the tattoo on my upper right arm that says "I love my Husband"

Featured tattoo/location: Small girl in giant flower garden, left arm.

Artist/shop/location of featured tattoo: My good friend Milo Irish / Pair-A-dice Tattoo / Juneau Alaska

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?

This tattoo was a slow process and was thought of as I was getting the work done. It started out with two lilies on my left shoulder and shoulder blade. I loved the two lilies but wanted something more so we added two more lilies down my left upper arm and continued to add more and more for months. I used to dream on this tattoo and what it would eventually become. I finally figured out I wanted a little girl in a giant flower garden. Once I decided on that I made appointments to add more kinds of flower and eventually the little girl. I started this tattoo in late 2006 and finally finished it this last spring. It is the only "finished" tattoo on my body!

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

Owl / Chest / Jerry Ware / Portland Oregon
Peacock Feather / upper inner left arm/ Milo Irish / Juneau Alaska
"I Love My Husband" / upper right arm / Milo Irish / Juneau Alaska
81 Stars / lower stomach, left hip, left side, upper back, right shoulder, right collar bone, chest, feet, right wrist/ Milo Irish / Juneau Alaska
"Dream as if you will live forever, live as if you will die tomorrow" / right rib panel/ Milo Irish / Juneau Alaska
"Treasure the Bullshit" / upper left leg / Milo Irish / Juneau Alaska
Diamond with a "D" (for Dan) / left right finger / Stevie G / Juneau Alaska
"AK" (for Alaska) / lower back rib panel right side / Stevie G / Juneau Alaska

3) Do you plan on getting more?

Always. I plan to do more on my chest, my right arm, one of my legs if not both, and the rest of my back. Lots of work to be done!

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

My Dad paid for my first tattoo as a birthday gift and has paid for one every birthday since! As far as my friends and other family, the majority of them have tattoos as well. I have gotten snotty looks, rude questions and remarks but for the most part the reaction of strangers is positive.

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

Research your artist and really think about what your going to get. Meet with your artist to discuss what you want before your appointment. Also have your artist make sketches for you to approve before anything is put on your body. Never be embarrassed or shy to ask the artist to change something. Remember its on YOUR body forever, not theirs. If they make a big deal about changing something on the sketch consider finding someone else.


  1. It blows my mind when beautiful women have beautiful tattoos. I love how you are both moms to be also.

  2. I love these posts so much :) I can't wait to be heavily tattooed as well.

    Love and Turtledoves,

  3. yeah Ashleigh, so glad you were featured!! I was really excited to recommend you, I knew you'd be perfect.
    Thanks again Danielle for posting about some of my Juneau friends. :)

  4. I love Ashleigh's tattoos and I really love your blog but I have a bit of an issue with you posting the photograph of the man with the confederate flag tattoo. I hope that isn't something you condone.

  5. Anonymous:
    I'm truly sorry it offended you and that obviously was not my intention. When I posted this last night I didn't even notice that in the photo. If you read my blog regularly you would know I do not condone things that the Confederate flag can stand for, but neither you nor I even know the story behind his tattoo, which is kind of hard to see in the sunlight. Perhaps you should email Ashleigh and ask her about it, since it's her husband. There's a chance you're perceiving it wrong- I am well aware what the main perception is about the flag, but you really don't know what his take on it is unless you ask. So if it bothers you, please ask her. <3

  6. Beautiful! I loooove the stars!

  7. Hi! Thanks again for featureing me. Just to clarify the tattoo on my husbands chest. His family is from the south and he got the tattoo when his grandmother died. It's a mamorial tattoo in her honor. Sorry if it offended anyone, but I guess it's a good example of how tattoos can be misunderstood by others.

  8. Danielle, I do read your blog and that is why it struck me so. Point taken about not knowing the story behind it. I am sure I am not the first nor will I be the last to make assumptions about Ashleigh's husband based on that tattoo. And I pretty sure that is something that crossed his mind when deciding on his memorial tattoo. I suppose "different strokes for different folks".
    Ashleigh, thanks for addressing the issue. I can see that you are a very caring person and will be a lovely momma.

  9. Her tattoos are so beautiful!! I love them. Such beautiful work. I love the fact that you both are going to mommas! Congratulations to you both!

    Danielle @ Positively Positive.


  10. I love that you reguarly feature tattooed ladies on your blog.

    so many beautiful ladies!

  11. Ok... um, I LOOOOVE the tattoo that says, "I love my husband." Hmm... I might getting something like that next.

    Great blog!

    -Mandy @ She Breathes Deeply

  12. It's always so wonderful to see a fellow Alaskan in the blogosphere! I know so few of them, so I love finding out about new ones! Her tattoos are amazing and I really like her blog!

  13. I am happy that you featured Ashleigh and her tats on your blog.. You did a very good job and made a very nice blog. Since I am the guy that paid for the first one and many since I, as is she, am proud of all the tats that she has, and more importantly who she has become. As for Dan (husband) he is a wonderful guy and a great "bookend" to Ashleigh. As for the previous anonymous that chose to judge first and post disparaging comments. Well,,,,, I am sad for you, and I bet you dont like it when people do it to you as I am at this moment. 8(

  14. I am so hunting for a yellow gingham print shirt this weekend.

  15. That is very nice that you featured my wonderful little sister on your blog. Her tattoos are awesome. I remember before she was 19 and I had been getting tattoos that she told me she would NEVER get any in her life. LOL. Then one day she comes home and in 1 session out did me my more then a few lol. She will be a wonderful Mom and I am glad she is making her big sister an Aunt. =)

  16. Alice, the yellow gingham shirt is from J Crew! Good luck finding one.

  17. I always get so excited for tattoo tuesdays! It is such a clever feature. This is by far my favorite blog. You are so pretty.

  18. Woot woot for female snowboarders :)

  19. @Ashleigh Thanks! But sadly it'd be a small miracle if I find that same one, as I live in NZ :-D Will try though