Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Tattoo Tuesday V.38

This week I am featuring a lady who is no stranger to having her photo posted on this blog, my dear friend Crystal! Ms. C. and I have been gal pals for 11 years plus, and I adore her. We've seen each other through a million seasons and she is just one fabulous woman. She's smart, gorgeous, and one of the funniest little firecrackers I know. I've wanted to feature her forever, and after she visited this weekend and bugged her a couple more times here she is! Crystal also isn't so into the idea of posting all of her tattoos up on the internet, so you'll have to kind of figure them out from the random photos she shared. Maybe just maybe if there's enough comments we can persuade her to let us see each one up close- she has some AMAZING things. But, I'm happy with what we have here, and I love everything she shared; I hope you do too! I especially am enjoying her answer to the last question, I kind of love it A LOT.

Name and blog name: Crystal...and I gave up on blogging

Age: 26

Occupation: I'm available for hire

Age of first tattoo: 15

Favorite tattoo: The tough cookie (but everyone calls it the gingerbread man)

Featured tattoo/location: It's a gingerbread cookie with it's dukes up on my forearm. A lot of people think it's from Shrek, which is okay because that movie is pretty sweet.

Artist/shop/location of feature tattoo: A good friend from back in the day Jason at Golden Rule Tattoo in the heart of downtown Phoenix.

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?

It's a tough cookie, I'm a tough cookie. I was diagnosed with Cancer in late November of 09. Jason drew it up on the spot and I love it. I graduated in May, and am wanting to get a smart cookie somewhere soon.

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

I have many. I'll mention the big ones :)

I have a clock on my left thigh that says "Better Late then Never" for my dad, who I met a few years ago from CJ at Stay True Tattoo. I also have a stapler-phone right above it from Mark at Stay True Tattoo (it's an inside joke/matching tattoo with my good friend Tricia).

I have Fidelity tattooed on my chest from Amy at Stay True Tattoo.

A portrait of Bonnie and Clyde on my inner left arm from CJ, and a vulture holding a valentine on my inner right arm from CJ.

I have "Judge Not" tattooed on the right side of my neck in white ink from Tabitha, who used to work at Ink Bomb...but currently I have no idea.

3) Do you plan on getting more?

Yes, as soon as I forget how much it costs/hurts. I want to change my chest piece a little and fill out my arms to look more like sleeves and less like stickers. I have been toying with the idea of having the "Praying Hands" tattooed on the other side of my neck by a friend at Low Rider Tattoo in Fullerton CA, because the art comes from a beautiful story, and it looks super gangster (a side note: the hands aren't actually praying, Google the story! It's awesome)

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

My family truly doesn't give a damn, or at least they don't act like it. I'm the only one in the family with tattoos besides my sister (who has 2 little bitties). My friends!! I have matching tattoos with a lot of my friends (big ups to Tricia, Tomika, Ian, and Jason!), and some of my closest friends have no tattoos at all.

I have run into some adversity when it comes to jobs. I have had to cover them at work, which during the Phoenix summers is REALLY REALLY HOT. I'm oblivious to how people react to my tattoos, my friends notice dirty looks more than me...which is good because I'm sensitive.

Crystal and me

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

If you're getting one in a highly visible area, make sure you like talking to strangers. I GUESS I would say think about it for a long time...but I didn't. I GUESS I would recommend going to the best artist you can find...but I didn't. I have tattoos from a long time ago that maybe aren't something I would get now, or not done as well as they could be. Screw it. They were about what I wanted and who I was at that time. On a long enough timeline we all change, and if we're lucky we live long enough to get wrinkly and old and not give a crap anyway.


  1. I loved this Tattoo Tuesday. I love the idea that we are who we are at the time that we get them and maybe we won't always love them. We won't always be the same person as we were when we got them. And, at this point, it's too late!

  2. Wow she is gorgeous and her tattoos are wonderful!

    Little Sugar Monster

  3. Love her answer to the last question, too. It always bugs when people tell other people they HAVE to think about it for a long ass time. Many people on a forum I frequent even say to tape a picture of it for a year in a spot you'll see it everyday... but for me I just know...I also hate it because it's almost as if they're saying mine are less meaningful/significant because they were so spur-of-the-moment. Anyway. She's rad and so are her tattoos!

  4. I LOVE her last answer! I finally got my first tattoo after thinking about it for so long. I didn't get what I originally planned, but I love what I decided on.

  5. I loooove her last answer! Great outlook. I've honestly never thought about it like that.

    Every week I read these and get so amped. I love, too, finding out about good local shops from your lovely friends. Thanks lady!

  6. she. is. FABULOUS. tattoo tuesday is always great! :)

  7. She has such gorgeous tattoos, I love the tough cookie and the reason behind it. Her last answer is so great, I look at some of my tattoos now and wonder what I was thinking, but what I was thinking was that they were great! So that's ok!

  8. I love her tattoos! And LOVE that she is brutally honest in her last answer. I wish I would've known some of the things I know now about tattoos....but I didn't ;)

    Wish she had a blog! :

  9. oh my gosh. the tough cookie. amazing :D

  10. I adore this gal, and I haven't even met her. Great post (as always), Danielle!

  11. I love tattoo thursday! and i love the last answer too. very nicely put. :)

    I'm a new follower by the way:

  12. Stunning! very inspiring lady x

  13. I feel like this lady may be the greatest thing ever ...so funny.

  14. I LOVE the last line. She put's it exactly how it should be when people comment about how they'll look when I'm older. Beautiful lady!

  15. Yep, I think the general consensus says that that Crystal is awesome! And I loved her advice.

  16. I googled the story of the praying hands... I don't understand how the hands aren't praying at all? The original piece of art by Durer was commissioned for an altar. There is a tale about Durer's brother being a miner and Durer drawing the hands for him, but it's impossible to confirm whether that story is true... I'm confused. Any chance you could ask Crystal to explain what she meant?

  17. Konnor, I am referring to the story of the hands of his brother. Whether it's true, or a legend, is not entirely important to me. However, the title of the drawing is not entitled "Praying Hands", it's just what people have come to call it.

    Also, thanks for all the super sweet comments <3

  18. ...the title of the drawing is not entitled...the English teacher is going to kill me for that kind of English on her blog. Love you Danielle!

  19. Crystal seems awesome! I wish she still blogged!

  20. Love her advice!!! That's exactly how I feel, although I couldn't think of a good way to say it when it was my turn!

  21. i really love what this girls all about. her views and outtakes on tattoos are similar to mine!!

  22. wow her tattoos are as gorgeous as she is. wish we could see all of them. i loved her last answer its how i feel too. great tattoo tuesday!!!

  23. I love her parting comments - so true!

  24. Her attitude is awesome. Love it.

  25. Hi Danielle!
    I found your blog ages ago while searching for mommy-to-be blogs, and have been working my way from the begining. Here I am, finally! As I read, I was so excited to see that we have so many similarities!
    -My first baby is due one day after yours! I'm having a girl and she's due on November 19! Eeeeeeiii! It's so weird to read someone who is exactly as pregnant as me.
    -I have a French Bulldog named Sandwiches and he looks SO similar to Madeline in the face (He's very excited to be a big brother and nuzzles up to my big tummy all the time)
    -There were tons of others that popped up as I read, but anyway, I just wanted to say hello and tell you that I'm reading and really enjoying your journey to mommyhood! :)

  26. krystal-
    I love your (partial) reason for getting the hands: "It looks super gangster." haha

    I agree with the whole talking a lot about visible tattoos. I have spools of thread on my chest and people ask me, "What do those represent?" I always say, umm...I sew! They always expect some long heartfelt story or something.

    By the way--you are absolutely gorgeous, and I wish I could see more of your tattoos close up!

  27. Hey, I know Mark at Stay True! This is the second time an artist I know has had work featured here - how fun!

  28. I LOVED that last answer, because it's true. I have been getting new tattoos for my birthday every year since I was 16, and I'm 'twenty-something' now ;) You get what you get because that's what you want then and there. Our tattoos are our stories, our timeline of where we have been and how we have felt.
    BTW - I too would like to see the tats close up :)