Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tattoo Tuesday V.118

Name and blog name: Katie Shelton, Skunkboy Creatures
Age: 30
Occupation: Fiber Artist
Age of first tattoo: 26
Favorite tattoo: Back
Featured tattoo/location: Bird and flowers on my left arm
Artist/shop/location of feature tattoo: Ethen at Hearts of Fire Tattoo in Springfield, MO

1) Tell us about your featured tattoo- is there a background story about why you chose it, or maybe a special meaning?

I had always planned on doing something BIG for my 30th birthday. My plan for years was to be in a hot air balloon when I turned 30, but when it actually came around I realized that being in a hot air balloon at the beginning of January in the middle of Missouri would be cold and MISERABLE. I traded that hot air balloon trip for a pretty tattoo and commissioned Olivia Mew to design a tattoo for me. The finished product is a bit different from her design, but it is just as beautiful and I love it.

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

I have a piece on my back. The silhouette is by Charmaine Olivia and the words are from a Tom Petty song my husband and I listen to every time we take a road trip. It's just a special little thing we do together. I also have matching hearts on my elbows, and a feather on my inner forearm.

3) Do you plan on getting more?

I do plan on getting more! I actually am preparing to finish up this bird piece on my arm. I'm sure there will be more beyond that.

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 seems a-okay with them. The older family members don't necessarily love them, but they grew up in a very different culture and I don't really expect them to.

Do you have a significant other? Does he/she have tattoos?

My husband does have tattoos. He has some drawings that our oldest daughter did when she was a wee one and the stars from "Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me" which was a book they used to read together every night.

5) What's the most interesting experience you've ever had in regards to your tattoos?

When I was getting my back done there was a guy sitting across from me trying to convince his girlfriend that he needed a Chuck Norris tattoo. She said something like, "Real people do not have Chuck Norris tattoos" and I quickly chimed in letting her know that my brother-in-law actually has a Chuck tattoo. I don't know if he was able to get his Chuck Norris tattoo, but it was pretty entertaining.

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

Whatever design you have in mind-- sit on it. Play the waiting game and see if you still like the same idea/design a few months down the road. This is my best friend when it comes to deciding what I would like on my body forever. Some ideas didn't stand this test of time.


  1. One stunning lady! I'm in love with her back tattoo. Is that weird?

  2. wow!!! amazing tattoo and pics!!! I love your blog!!! I'm a new follower...and you?? :)


  3. Holy frack, Katie is the biggest babe! I love her bird tattoo, its super girly and cute and pleasant to look at it.


  4. I love the placement of the bird tattoo, it is super pretty!!
    Great post :)


  5. wow, she really has the best style.

  6. Hi Danielle!
    I'm not a new reader but I never left you a comment before so, hello from Ireland!! I'm so happy to see Katie featured on here, I could pretty much buy out her entire range of Skunkboy Creatures, she has possibly the coolest job ever!
    Have a lovely day ^o^ xxx

  7. Love her tatoos and sweet style. So lovely!

  8. I adore the tattoo on the back! I'm so glad you do these features because I've been wanting to get another tattoo and actually live around Springfield where she gets hers done at. I think I'll be checking out that shop to get my next one!!

  9. I love this lady... she's awesome!
    she makes being a mummy cool!

    Thanks for featuring her Danielle!

    Louise xo

  10. My favourite "Tattoo Tuesday" so far. I love every one of her tattoos and what a beautiful family. x

  11. I am absolutely in love with all of Katie's tattoos, esp. her back tattoo!! It is so beautiful with a touch of whimsy!!

  12. Oh I love Katie. I'm a big fan of her blog and love her tattoos. She looks so adorable and those tattoos make her look very strong at the same time. I love that!

    The 'Tattoo Tuesday' posts are definitely my favorites!
    Thanks for sharing :)

    Love, Sari

  13. Ah! I love Katie and her tatoos are so pretty on her!

    - Sarah

  14. Katie is the cutest :) So glad you featured her on here because I love her tattoos and her blog! My favourites are the hearts on the elbows. So simple but so cute.

    Rosie xx
    Just Listen

  15. Katie's tattoos are so pretty,especially the bird & flowers. I love her blog as well.

  16. wau!that bird with flowers is beautiful. love it!

  17. That bird tattoo is one of the most beautiful tattoos I think I've ever seen! So special.


  18. Love Katie + her tattoos so much. This Tattoo Tuesday is my favorite thus far :)

  19. She is so stinking cute! I love her sensibility and her darling little family.

  20. I'm so glad you featured Katie! I love her. She's absolutely the sweetest.


  21. Her tattoos are amazing. What a brave soul!


  22. Absolutely beautiful tattoos. Floral/bird tattoos are always exquisite.

  23. i love katie's tattoos! they're so whimsical and fun and unique!


  24. Love them. I particularly love the one on Katie's back. It's so pretty!

  25. Yay! I'm a new follower. I came from the Skunkboy Creatures blog. HAD to follow when I heard about your Tattoo Tuesday special. :)

  26. Beautiful! And it's so cool that you didn't get your first til you were 26. I have a few small ones but I want to take the plunge and get a big piece this year (age 29!)

  27. How gorgeous are these photos. Love the tattoos! I never thought of hearts on elbows before. :)



  28. Katie is beautiful! I absolutely love her bird tattoo. My husband is a Tattoo Artist and I have many. I love seeing other people's tattoos and hearing their stories. :)

  29. you're so true and real! I'm not a big fan of colored tatoos but I really love your bird one...
    Stunning woman with an incredible joie de vivre

  30. Katie is so lovely! These are some of the prettiest tattoos ever! I especially love the Charmaine Olivia inspiration on her back piece.

  31. Katie is my favorite. Love, love her and her pretty tattoos! The piece on her back is gorgeous.

  32. Good advice at the end!
    Amazing tattoos - love the one on her back!


  33. Glad to reconise a fellow capricorn! Cheers!

  34. Great advice at the end, and gorgeous red hair!

  35. Continue to love this feature, Danielle!

  36. Being a big tattoo fan, I love your tattoo tuesdays!

  37. Love the tattoos and photos! I like this tattoo tuesday thing you do! I have like....15 or so! LOL. :)

  38. I adore Katie! So glad she was featured. I really love her little heart tattoos.

  39. I'm visiting from Katie's blog. I love reading about others' tattoos - so interesting to hear the background story.

    I love your blog!


  40. Katie is so beautiful and what gorgeous unique tattoos. Love those little hearts! Making me itch for more!

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  43. Why don't you do Tattoo Tuesday anymore? I loved it :)