Tuesday, 9 September 2014

My Tattoo Wish List

Tattoos; you either love them or you hate them. 

I personally love them; I always have. 

While many see them as grotesque eye sores and the branding of society's offensive and unsavoury characters, I do not. I'm not offended by a little ink on a person's skin; it's just a painting on skin at the end of the day. I personally think that tattoos can be beautiful works of art, when they're done by a good artist. and I find them fascinating. 

If I had the money, I would be covered in them, but at the moment I only have two. They're nothing special. I didn't get my first one until I was twenty-four because I could never decide on a design- I didn't have Pinterest to inspire me back then! I got the second nine months later, and was planning to get more when my back problems began and put a stop to it... for now! I've been making lots of plans for future tattoos over the last couple of years, and today I thought I'd share some of my ideas and inspiration.

This post is a bit of a long 'un, so grab a cuppa, sit back, and relax while I talk you through them!

Geometric Colour Wheel

One day I will get a colour wheel mandala inked on my skin, like the ones above. I'm a complete and utter colour junkie, as most of you will know, and I think it shows in my style, make up choices, and home decor. I love to surround myself with it- the whole spectrum of bold, bright colours just makes me happy. I think a colour wheel would be a perfect way to take my love of colour to a whole new level, and it would look so fun and eye-catching against my very fair skin. It's not often you see people with rainbow coloured tattoos.

Red Fox

Foxes have been one of my favourite animals since I was a little girl, probably thanks in part to my childhood obsession with The Animals of Farthing Wood. I think they're such beautiful animals. I was initially thinking of getting a little watercolour design, but I'm now smitten with the rainbow-coloured geometric design in the above collage; it may have to be my next tattoo. 

Alice in Wonderland

Disney's Alice in Wonderland is my favourite Disney film, and I've been a little bit obsessed with it since childhood. I've watched it so many times over the years that I've lost count. While I doubt I'd ever commit to a huge body piece like the amazing one above, (which is by far the most incredible tattoo piece I've ever seen in my life), I would love to get an Alice inspired piece. 

I want to get a few characters like the bread and butterflies, rocking horse flies, the oysters, and a variety of critters from the Tulgy Woods. I've thought about getting some Mome Raths on my feet with the quote "don't step on the Mome Raths!" I'm also considering a thigh piece, like the one in the third Alice collage. I know I'll get something Alice-inspired at some point, I just need to work out exactly what I want and where.

Flock of Flying Birds

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I've been thinking about getting a flock of flying birds along my collar bones for a couple of years now, to get as a symbol of my re-found freedom and independence when I overcome the pain, and get my life back. I think it would be a good way to mark what I've been through and to act as a reminder to never take my freedom and independence for granted again. 

I originally wanted something like the dandelion sketch, but it's been so over done now that I've gone off it. I want something a little more unique. My plan is to get a flock of colourful flying macaws, or perhaps a variety of birds flying together such as flamingos, toucans, pelicans, puffins, and macaws, in colour and with a little detail.

Birds on Both Shoulders

I've also been toying with the idea of getting a pair of birds, like the tattoos above, on either side of my shoulders. I'm torn between getting the traditional swallows / sparrows or doing something a little bit different like going for macaws or flamingos instead.


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I've always liked the idea of having a rose tattoo, even if it is one of the most popular tattoos of all time. There's just something so beautiful and classic about rose tattoos, isn't there? I'm particularly drawn to blue roses at the moment, but I would love a dark red rose, too.


Something that I am seriously thinking about getting in the future is a realistic floral sleeve, like the design above. Isn't it stunning? My dream is to get a beautiful, feminine sleeve that would make a statement and look pretty with my dresses. It would have to incorporate daisies, sunflowers, pansies, purple irises, yellow roses, and yellow tulips- all of my favourite flowers. I haven't worked out the rest yet, but the idea is a work in progress!

I also love the floral hands, but I'm a little more hesitant about getting my hands inked as it could jeopardise employment opportunities in the future. I would instead have them inked on a different area of my body, like my feet or arms.

Sasha Unisex

My dream is to have a tattoo done by the amazing Russian tattoo artist Sasha Unisex. She creates the most beautiful water-colour style designs I have ever seen, and I'm not even exaggerating. Her designs are typically bold and colourful, with fantastic attention to detail and incredible shading. I'm regularly in awe of her work and it's astonishing that it's even possible to create such beautiful, highly-pigmented tattoos which look like watercolour paintings and are often so realistic. 

I haven't got a design in mind, but I would probably be happy with almost anything she designs. I'm besotted with her lions, tigers, and whales. You can check out her work on Instagram via the source, or see more of her work on my Pinterest board solely dedicated to her designs.


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I've wanted a flamingo tattoo for well over a decade now, and this week I finally found a design I'd love to get- the watercolour illustration (top right). It would make a beautiful centre piece for an Alice in Wonderland themed design, too.


Until they passed away of old age in 2012 and 2013, I owned two big ginger bunnies for ten and eleven years; Tigerlily and Honey.They were my fur babies and I was devastated when they passed away, even if they did live far longer than most rabbits do. I brought them home when they were eight weeks old, so after ten and eleven years of caring for them every day, they naturally left a mark on my heart. I've thought about getting little tattoos of them in their memory, inked in a similar style to the little mischievous brown bunny on the left. It would be lovely to have a constant memory of them on my skin that I could look at every day, and I think they would make cute tattoos because they were such pretty little bunnies.

And that concludes today's post of tattoo inspiration! I hope you've enjoyed reading about my tattoo bucket list!

Do you have a tattoo wish list?

Where do you stand with tattoos; do you love them or hate them?



  1. Louise you're evil, these tattoos are all gorgeous and you're making me craaaave ink!! I think the watercolour designs are really up my street but I can see you with the colour mandala too, they are so cool! xxx

  2. I am definitely pro tattoo! I have one on my left forearm currently of a treble clef with 2 stars but I didn't do my research and it deteriorated pretty quickly so I need to cover it, I'm thinking with a collection of blue and purple flowers with green leaves (coincidentally the three colours I want to dye my hair, I've done blue previously, usually have dark purple and I want to try dark green).

    My other ones set in stone is a self-designed owl with spread wings on my right forearm, a self-designed rainbow quill on the outer side of my left arm, a Harry Potter design with a phoenix, the Hogwarts crest, the horcruxes and Dumbledore's quote "Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why shouldn't that mean it isn't real?"

    I also have plans for a horse, a snake round my ankle, a Labyrinth piece, an intricate chest piece possibly connecting to an anatomical heart between my boobs. Something inspired by my mum, probably a Hedgehog as they're her favourite animal. Also the Dr. Seuss quote: "Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." I also want a second more realistic owl and a tree. I'm thinking the tree will come up from my lower back leaving space across the top to be able to do the characters from Labyrinth.

    I may think of more as time goes on but these are the ones that stay most constant. I'd also like some song lyrics but I want to narrow those down further since I have a lot of favourite songs. I'm also toying with the idea of a lizard, a Borzoi dog, a flock of bats. I have too many ideas and possibly not enough skin XD

  3. These are so beautiful, I like tattoo's...a lot! despite me having none, I still appreciate the art and skill behind them, my husband is currently having more work done around his almighty dragoon piece, all Japanese inspired, lotus flowers and waterfalls (and pink flowers, it's very beautiful) and I do hope your dream comes true and you get a Sasha Unisex tat, that would be just perfect x xx

  4. These are all beautiful.

    When I had my memorial tattoo done after my 2nd ectopic pregnancy, a 'friend' posted a photo of it on Facebook saying she was thinking about having it done. I challenged her, told her the story of how it came about and that it was MY custom design, and she told me she found the picture on Google (bullshit) then deleted me shortly afterwards. So that heartless twunt probably has my memorial tattoo now.

    I love the idea of doing a post like this, but I keep everything under my hat now. I have my next 5 planned, but I need to stop buying dresses first. ;)

    I hope you get to have tattoos inspired by these lovely designs! x x

  5. I love all these tattoos as you know I have a few and I love them! I hope to get many more in the future xx

  6. I don't have any tattoos myself, but Rich does and so do a lot of my friends (fun fact - NZ is the most tattooed country in the world). I do love Sasha Unisex's unique style. I LOVE the wee bunny tattoo - so very cute:)


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