- Sunday, 8 June 2014 -

I am a canvas of my experiences

Hello you lovely lot! Okay so this weekend is already shaping up to be quite excitingly hectic, as not only did Friday mark the revamp of my blog but I also treated myself to a cheeky, spur of the moment tattoo! What sparked this impulsive decision was a mixture of having lusted after a new tattoo for quite some time and discovering via trusty Instagram that there was a guest tattooist coming to Cock a Snook in Newcastle - totally fate, right?

I've experienced Cock a Snook's charm once before, when I got my little deer tattoo on my ankle. They're a friendly, accommodating tattoo parlour with gorgeous gothic decor inside, I always feel like I've been transported to a taxidermists dream whenever I enter. My artist was the lovely Lauren Stephens, originally from Middlesbrough, she was guesting this weekend and specialising in beautiful animal portraits and quirky artwork.

I opted to get a beautiful swallow design on my left thigh that I'd discovered from a vintage Easter card many moons ago. Unless you've been living under a rock your entire life, it's common knowledge that swallow's are especially iconic in the tattoo world as they were originally donned by sailors as a symbol of their sailing experience. I've coveted a swallow tattoo for as long as I can remember, however I didn't necessarily want the traditional red, blue and yellow one, considering they're so popular.

The procedure took 2 and a half hours in total, which was immensely impressive considering the tattoo is quite a hefty size. As customary, I always bring along some sweets and chocolate with me to keep my blood sugar from dropping so I don't suddenly crash during the process. As I've had my other thigh tattooed in the past, I was well prepared for the level of pain I was going to experience on my left thigh. A lot of people quiz me with regards to the pain and what it actually feels like and all I can merely describe it as: imagine if a sewing needle was just running up and down your skin for an elongated period of time, to me it's more annoying than painful.

The 2 and a half hours went by in a blink with the amount of banter and laughs we were having - reminiscing over old anime shows and proclaiming our mutual love for animals. I'm a bit weird because ever since I got my first animal tattoo, I've always asked the artist to name them, kind of in commemorative honour of the artist for bestowing me with such a special gift. So, after chattering away about Sailor Moon and Card Captors for the guts of nearly 3 hours, it was easy to see that my swallow would either be dubbed Serena (from Sailor Moon) or Sakura (from Card Captors). After much debate and deliberation, Lauren thought that Sakura would be a more fitting name as it translates to "cherry blossom" in Japanese. So, dear readers, I'd like you to meet Sakura, my newest pride and joy...

Do you have any tattoos?


  1. I am in LOVE with Sakura, so so beautiful and amazingly well done! I have to agree with you about the annoyance as opposed to the pain. I didn't find mine too painful at all, it was just a feeling that I wanted to go away cause it was annoying haha. Though mine is on my shoulder and I'm told that's one of the least painful places.

    And I love the fact that the artist named it after Sakura from Card Captors, my brother and I religiously watched it when we were younger and when we talk about it no one ever seems to remember it or have ever heard of it!


  2. Wow! That is a truly beautiful tattoo! I can see why it's your pride and joy.
    Imogen's Typewriter. <3 

  3. This is such a beautiful tattoo - I love that you've taken such a traditional style of tattoo but personalised her with a more unusual palette of colours. She is so pretty and feminine. I also love that you ask your tattoo artists to name your animal tattoos - what a wonderful little touch!


  4. Absolutely beautiful tattoo, I'm envious :) x


  5. I'm not usually a fan of tattoos but that is stunning, Claire. I also love sailor moon too!


  6. Love your tattoo! It looks amazing and I really love your little tradition of naming your tattoo'd pets! I'm hoping to get a tattoo in the future but of what, I'm not entirely sure yet!
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!

  7. Your tattoo is absolutely beautiful. It looks so much like a painting!
    Water Painted Dreams xo

  8. I love this post, I love your new blog layout & name & I love you!

    This is making me Tattoo Envious. I really want a new tattoo but I have no idea what to get!
    I think my birdcage took just under 2 hours to do, which was really good & I went to Northside Tattoo in Whitley Bay.
    I only brought pop with me to my session so by the end of it everyone was like...yer a trooper (as I had drank about half of it on the way there! :') )

    Each of my birds represent people in my life or someone who is a big influence. I need to extend these birds ;)

    Are you thinking about your next tattoo yet? haha

    Much Love,


  9. It's so pretty! I love Lauren, I can't wait for her to do my left thigh. You need to take me to this tattoo store though when I get some money.
    Kloe xx

  10. I can be SUCH an indecisive person so I don't think I'm going to be getting a tattoo hehe but your new swallow one is AWESOME! The colours you picked are amazing & it has such a great name too I must say! Cardcaptors was one of my favourite animes when I was younger as well haha so good! :)

    Cat ♥ CACHOO JOO

  11. I love this so much! I'm craving another tattoo now as this one is just so gorgeous :) lots of love munchkin! xxx

  12. Lovely design, so pretty! shystrangeandalittlebitmanic.blogspot.co.uk

  13. This is beautiful! I myself am a tattoo addict, and now I want another! haha xx

  14. My sister got her third tattoo over the weekend too! She has a outline of a rose on her shoulder. She doesn't want any color on it though - my dad doesn't understand why - I like it though! Now she wants to get a thigh tattoo next. I think mom would be fine with that as long as she doesn't get anymore piercings lol :)

  15. It really is beautiful and I love that you get your artist to name your tattoos, Sakura is such a fitting and lovely name.