Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Tattoo Tuesday V.69

 Name and blog name: Beca / www.curiositiesandthelike.blogspot.com


Occupation: Pastry Chef / Part Time Drink Slinger / Junk Store Archeologist

Age of first tattoo: 21

Favorite tattoo:
So very hard to choose, but I will always love the portrait of my boyfriend holding one of our Boston Terriers, Charlie by Isaiah Toothtaker of Staring Without Caring in Tucson Arizona.

Featured tattoo/location:
Four kiddos balancing on a bicycle with a banner that reads "I Remember" on my left arm (from my shoulder to me elbow)

Artist/shop/location of featured tattoo:
Isaiah Toothtaker of Staring Without Caring in Tucson, Arizona

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

My Grandpa Jack loves to talk, and loves to tell stories and due to the unfortunate decay of memory caused by Alzheimer's Disease, stories are about all he has left to tell. Ever since I was very small, his favorite story is one from when he was a kid, maybe 8 years old. He and three friends broke a world record for bicycle endurance by riding one bike consecutively for weeks on end during one summer in Michigan. The whole town celebrated and he was given a new suit and toys and gifts for the feat. He even has an old newspaper clipping featuring the boys and their bicycle. The story brings me so much happiness. As my grandfather's disease progressed, I told Isaiah that I wanted to get something so that I would never forget the story and what it means to me. He drew up this fantastical acrobatic image and here is it. It is by far the tattoo I get asked about most often and I will always hold a special place in my heart for it.   

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

I've lost track! Somewhere in the 30s. I love little tattoos, like tick marks on a timeline, each one has been a stamp as to what I like, what I am thinking about, what is important to me at that moment. Some I plan out, like the portrait of my boyfriend and our dog, or my parrot LeRoy on my shin, or the Lotaria heart (for Tucson) on my inner arm. Some have been really spontaneous, like the hot air balloon on my forearm, popeye and "Pain Hurts."  It's such a mixed bag, but each a total reflection of my personality. I Love Billie Holiday so two for her, I like Marc Gonzalez, so a drawing from his book, I love hearts so I have about 25 little ones. There are the star gazers from my Grandma Ruthie, the pterodactyl and the moray eel.  Honestly, I don't take my tattoos very seriously. I have skateboard monsters from a Michael Sieben series on my hands, "Bake Sale" on my knuckles, the rebel alliance from Star Wars on my forearm, and "Bless This Mess" on my chest! Please! How could that not make you laugh just a little bit? I believe strongly that even if your tattoos have meaning behind them and can be serious, you should still have fun with them. I will always have fun with mine.


3) Do you plan on getting more?

I'm sure I will, at some point, but since we have moved to San Diego, I probably won't get tattooed until we go back to Tucson for a visit. I have never really prioritized getting tattooed, it's always just happened when I had extra cash or if I really wanted to get something done. Tattoos are expensive but definitely addictive, so I'm sure I'll be back for more!


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

For the most part, everyone in my life has been really accepting. My mom hates my tattoos, but she seems to be the minority. My grandparents think it's funny, my dad is stoked because I got one for him. My boyfriend has as many as I do. And, of course, I have gotten a handful of negative comments from strangers. My favorite was "But you're so pretty, why would you let someone do that to you!" as though they had been forced upon me. When that happens, I smile and remind the person in front of me that I like them and I'm happy. I have had a lot of different jobs and even taught middle school for a year in a public school. The kids were OBSESSED with asking me about my tattoos and the staff and parents treated them as a novelty. I'm pretty immune to all the questions by now. Since it's impossible for me to completely cover my tattoos (my fingers, hands and throat are tattooed) I have definitely had to accept that people will always ask and ALWAYS share their opinion.


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

It's your body! If you want to get tattooed and you feel totally comfortable with the fact that you will have it forever, go for it. Even though tattoos are becoming more socially acceptable, they might not always be, so if you're getting a visible tattoo, be totally sure you are willing to live with the fact that people are going to ask you a lot of questions, they might even touch you without asking permission, you may not get that job, and you may regret it. But really, when it comes down to it, it's your decision and nobody can make it for you. Oh yeah, don't forget to have fun with it, it's just skin. Your skin! Enjoy it!


  1. "It's just skin. Your skin! Enjoy it!"
    LOVE it :)

  2. I love her attitude. This might be my favorite girl you've tattoo-interviewed. Well...second favorite, heh heh.

  3. Ahhh this is my favorite Tattoo Tuesday BY FAR!!! I love this lady! She has a good spirit and sounds pretty rad.

  4. Oh, and "Bless this mess" on her chest is the fricking funniest thing I've ever heard.

  5. Wow- this is awesome! I commend those that go bold with their tattoos

    I have two indiscreet ones. a) because I am a chicken & hate pain; and b) because I have to work in "corporate america" and tattoos are FROWNED UPON in my establishment. boooo

  6. Man I love Tuesdays! This was one of my favorites from recent times - and you interview some amazing ladies!

    I just had my first ever consultation for my first ever big-ish piece - I am over the moon excited for it! I wanted to do it as a birthday treat for myself in August... and then bumped the appointment to the first Saturday in July - Now I'm doubting if I can even wait that long! :)

  7. i love this week too! such great answers! <3

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  9. Great post! Such a lovely lady.

  10. my husband always reads your tattoo tuesdays! isn't that funny?

  11. This is an aweosme feature! I love reading about people's takes on their tattoos as much as I like explaining my take on mine! And I love her attitude about them =]

  12. Love it! I've been a 'small tattoo' aficionado for quite awhile as well. Kind of like a patchwork quilt, lots of little parts that combine to make one beautiful whole :) Thanks for this!

  13. I love Beca! And her blog and adventures and tattoos! So thanks for sharing her stories!

  14. "Bless this Mess...?" BRILLIANT!

    But I especially love her tattoo for her grandpa...mine had Alzheimer's too. This summer it will be 7 years since he left this world:( "I Remember" is the truth; when he forgot, the family around him would remember and keep the stories and memories alive.

    Thanks for this feature!!

  15. haha! "bake sale" on Beca's knuckles is my very favorite.
    what a sweet lady (and a talented baker!)

    Great post.

  16. Oooooh how sweet ... We also have a bulldog
    Look here: http://french-bulldogblog.blogspot.com/

  17. your tats-- each works of art! i actually had no idea you had so many beauties! I'm insanely jealous of my 3 (and a half... ones a cover-up and few know about that one!) and have had an itchin to get more but alas, husband doesn't like them (which still won't stop me when i have the funds and time to get away ha!!! im def not one of THOSE wives)

    i LOVE the bicycle one and that first photo of you-- how pretty are you!?!? i first saw an amazing tattoo and then the story you shared behind it... oh i am a sucker for sentiment and that one almost had me in tears.

  18. Beca, I love you!! These photos rock!! The first one is BEAUTIFUL, LOVE the ones of you, your pups & your man, and enjoyed getting to know your tattoos a bit better! :)

  19. hey! could you put my button in your side bar as a sponser? i love your blog and would love to be featured on it! :)


  20. This feature is so much fun! I love tattoos with a sense of humor and style, so this is really great. I have only a few tattoos and people always think it's strange how irreverent they are, so it's nice to see another lady rocking the ink with humor!

  21. Wow! Seeing that cute and cool tattoos, makes me think to decide to have tattoos on my body! But I'm a little bit nervous because I know, Having a permanent tattoo applied to any part of the body is painful...