Sunday, February 15, 2009

Inked

Yesterday, as a birthday present to moi, Will took me down to the Southside tattoo parlor on S. Congress Ave in Austin and I got my first tattoo.

I'm a sucker for old school Sailor Jerry tattoos. I love the hearts, I love the swallows, I love the scrolls... I just love 'em, and I'd had this tattoo idea in my head for ages now. It was nice to say to Jack (the artist), "I want a heart, a swallow with wings up, and a scroll saying "LOVE..." and have him whip up the perfect tattoo and color it in just for me. I think his work is amazing and I'm pretty smitten with my new tat - it's bold, bright, and classic, and suits me perfectly.

What do you think?

Will's birthday was a little over a week ago, and a new tattoo was my present to him as well. You can sort of see the Welsh dragon tattoo on his arm, which was my Christmas present to him a year ago - tattoos make the perfect gift).

He is a huge fan of rock and roll, both the history and the music, and our tour of Sun Studio in Memphis back in December was his favorite part of our anniversary road trip. Sun Studio is where Elvis, Johnny Cash, BB King and Albert King, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins, ... (and the list goes on) all got their break, and Will (the ultimate Elvis and BB King fan) was completely wow'd.

Pretty awesome tattoos, huh?

Thank you all for my birthday wishes on Friday! I had a lovely day and all of your lovely comments made my day even better!

xoxo,

18 comments:

Lauren Alexander said...

I've been to Sun Studios! We went a few years ago. My husband is also a music guy. neat tattoos!

New England Quilter said...

Happy Birthday Sweetie! Beautiful Tattoo! What a fun thing to give each other - you'll always remember this birthday!
Amy

The Musings of The Momma said...

YEAH! She joins the ranks of us inked mommies! We're rough and tough and OH so sweet! It really does look great! I'm for sure getting my next one for my b-day!

Oh Mandie! said...

Ooooh - Love the tattoos!! I have a crescent moon on my shoulder blade and was thinking about getting another one sometime soon - your post just sealed the deal! :)

Kim said...

oh sweet, sun studio :)
I honestly only sorta know that b/c the johhny cash story is so intriguing.
And your tattoo is loverly :)

Kim said...

oh, and happy birthday!! :)

Marcyanna said...

Happy Belated Birthday! Love the tat!

Leah said...

Happy belated birthday Marisa! The new tat definitely looks like "you" if the tatoo illustrations you've been doing are any indication. Enjoy it!

E.B. Spider said...

I love the tattoos.

I'm a big Elvis fan too!

idyll hands said...

AWESOME! I'm really quite jealous. I got my first (and only) tattoo at a place called Mom's Body Shop on Haight Street in San Francisco before I went off to college. My best friend was supposed to do it but she chickened out and got hers later that year in Galveston. Not as cool as San Francisco, but hey, at least she got one :)

I can't wait to get another one - once I figure out what it will be.

threemoonbabies said...

Great tattoos!

Leslie said...

Oh my gosh!!! I LOVE Sun Studios! I grew up with all "Sun" music from my dad! I can still hear him in my head singing Elvis songs....what a wonderful tattoo! Thanks for sharing and bringing back some great memories!

Warmly,
Leslie

Cindys Creative Crochet said...

Nice tats!! I am jealous, there's no place in my area and I can't seem to save up enough forwhat i want!

esque said...

I'm too wimpy to get tattoos, but my hubby has a few! I love the one you got! So pretty and colorful! What a wonderful birthday present!

Cathy said...

I never picked you and Will for tattoo lovers! Great tattoos, but can't say one is on my wish list :)

Kelly said...

love the tat! i've been wanting to get one for years but am just afraid of pain! :-)

sweetpicklespottery said...

I LOVE your new tattoo!!! And Will's is pretty great too!!

tristan said...

wow! i love it! incredible tattoo! great design! great color! i bet it looks phenomenal now that it's healed!t

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