Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday V.60

Name: Mariana Souza

Age: 32

Occupation: Esthetician

Age of first tattoo:
14 or 15

Favorite tattoo:
That's a very hard question...I love them all. If I had to pick it would be my Matryoshka doll.

Featured tattoo/location:
Matryoshka Doll on my forearm.

Artist/shop/location of featured tattoo:
Dan Pryor @ Seven Seas Tattoo, San Diego  CA. (Dan is the man!)

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

I've always loved Russian nesting dolls. My mom had one when I was little and I loved it. Later on I became very obsessed with them and collecting everything I could find with the Matryoshka in it. I bought a book about them and that was when I had the idea of the tattoo. I talked to my artist, Dan, gave him a few pictures and he came up with the perfect little doll!

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

Oh my, so many! Full sleeves on both arms. One started with a piece inspired by a design by Tyson McDoo ( tattooed pinup) and then I decided to go with an asian theme for the rest of it. Got a geisha, kokeshi doll (mathing the matryoshka on the other arm), chrysanthemum, rising sun on the elbow, Hanya on the inside  and purple spirals and cherry blossoms all over. The other one is more random. Have a Virgen de Guadalupe inspired Betty Boop, a cute little fan on the elbow, a big pink owl on the forearm, diamonts, candy, ice cream, just things that I love.


Cupcake on the armpit (I get the best reactions from that one.

Big chestpiece. Olsdchool saylor style. Big anchor in the midle with a  lock holding 2 hearts together with my parents names on it. Nautical Stars with little flowers on the side.

Flag of the State I'm from (Sao Paulo, Brazil)

Big cherries on my feet.

Design  by the artistKukula (my fav!) on my calf

Antique cameo on my chin (between my thoat and chin)

The nickname me and my husband have for each othe on the side of my hands and our wedding date on the side of my wrists.

Some other random things and horrible tribal tattoos I got when I was a teenager. (so bad)

3) Do you plan on getting more?

Absolutely. I wanna pretty much cover myself. Just not the face. Still have pretty much both my legs, back and torso to fill up!

4) How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)?  Have you run into any adversity or negativity because of them? Do you have a significant other? Does he/she have tattoos? 

My friends love my tattoos. They're a big part of me and very noticeable so people talk about them all them time. I'm an esthetician and work with people all day, the tattoos are always a way to start a conversation and they never forget about me.

 I don't think my mom and dad are very fond of them but they respect my decisions and understand that I'm a grown up and chose the life I live and my own future.

I've had a lady in the drugstore look at me once and say I was disgusting and that God made us a certain way and we should respect it. I couldn/t believe it! My husband was so pissed off!

When I got the cameo on my chin it cause a stir. People wouldn't stop talking about it and my mom  told me she was in shock. She was really upset and thought that people would judge me or that it would affect my future professionally. But we talked and she understands that I'm in a line of work that allows me to be who I am and that tattoos are very accepted nowadays.

I am married (mentioned him already) and my husband has lots of tattoos but I'm catching up with him!
5) Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed but haven't gotten one yet?

Go for it! I think everyone should do whatever they feel like doing. Its your body and you have the right to do whatever you want with it. Tattoos make you unique. Just make sure you go to a good artist and wait until you're old enough to make the right decisions. Tattoo removal is expensive and it hurts like hell (been there). Don't be cheap. Tattoo artists are amazing talented people and their work should be recognized.

They make me happy. It's all I can say!


  1. From Brazil!!! Love it!! <3

    She's so beautiful!

  2. AWW I can't wait 'til I have a bazillion tattoos like her. So pretty.

  3. Simply beautiful! I love the nesting-doll oh so much :)

  4. She is stunning and has lovely tattoos! Love the matryoshka & kokeshi! Awesome.

  5. Thank you for featuring someone who is a little older than the 18-23 year olds that normally appear here. I love seeing independent women in my age group sporting their ink with pride.

  6. this brazilian biatch got style...hot stuff!! popozuda linda!!!

  7. Totally gorgeous. This may be my favorite Tattoo Tuesday yet!

    And I agree with the poster above about posting someone over 30... definitely nice!

  8. Awesome...beautiful + bad a**!
    That Chin tattoo~ WOW!

    I agree on the over 30 too...right on!

  9. Wow wow wow! Stunning! It was like a lightbulb went off in my head when I saw the chin tattoo...what an awesome placement. I don't think I've ever seen a tattoo there before.

    How lucky you are to have a job that lets you show yourself for who you are. I would get tattoos all over my body if I wasn't seemingly doomed to stuffy office jobs.

    Just beautiful!

  10. her tattoos are lovely! I really want to get a tattoo, but I'm not sure exactly what I want yet. but these posts sure are inspiring me. :]

  11. She is simply beautiful!! ♥ xo.

  12. Wow, amazing work! I loooove the cameo tattoo, as well as its placement!

  13. Oh I love Tattoo Tuesday! Totally satisfies my thirst until I take the dive myself :)

  14. I gasped out loud when I saw the cameo tattoo. I've never seen a tattoo in that area before, and it was so unexpected. The design is gorgeous. I love the nesting doll too, they seem to be a really popular design.

  15. Thank you, thank you, everyone! I guess you dont have to be 20 or take naked pictures to be a pretty tattooed lady :)

  16. her owl tattoo has to be my fav! and she has such awesome hair!
    annnd danielle if you have a sec pop over to my little blog and enter my giveaway! :) xo

  17. She is my friend and SHE IS AMAZING! Go Mari!!!!

  18. Okay..that cameo is crazy awesome..love it!! Beautiful pieces going on there--my fav is the owl..sweet! :)

    Another great Tattoo Tuesday!

  19. she AND her tattoos are just beautiful. i <3 tattoo tuesday! :) thanks Danielle!

  20. Love it. I am totaly inspired. Gorgous.

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