My first yoga inspired tattoo

1 November 2019 I got my very first yoga inspired tattoo. I absolutely love the works by the tattoo artist Vincent Jacobs, and since he was visiting Oslo, I bookes an appintment with him. Not only was this my first yoga inspired tattoo, but it was also my first tattoo that was not dot work!

The tattoo on my underarm.
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2019

So, what does this tattoo mean? It’s pretty simple: Breathe. This ancient Sanskrit symbol is a beautiful reminder to do what comes naturally. It’s the first thing we do when we come into this world and the last thing we do when we leave it. The tattoo is placed in a space easy for me to see, and it can remind me to breathe.

So you have a yoga inspired tattoo? If you do, what is it?

New tattoo!

For a while now I have been wanting a peony tattoo, and yesterday was the day to make it happen! Ever since I got my first tattoo, made by Eric Sundby from the tattoo studio Kunst med puls (unfortunately no proper webpage), I have loved the dotwork style. All my five tattoos have been made in this style. My new tattoo was designed and made by Kari Kjelskau, the fonder of the all female tattoo artists Memento Tattoo studio here in Oslo. She has actually made all my tattoos, except the first one.

So, why a peony? This question has a fairly simple answer: Because it reminds me of my maternal grandmother. She was a strong woman, and after staying with my grandparents the last year of high school, we became quite close. We were very similar in many ways, so we could have quite some arguments, but I still knew she loved me, and I know her. She used to grew large peony plants in the garden, end every summer she kept a bouquet of fresh peonies on the kitchen table.

My grandmother passed away 20 September 1999, 88 years old. She had lived, at times tough, life full of events. I remember her telling about when the war broke out in Norway, and that she worked as a cleaner at a hospital in Oslo. Oslo was also the place where she met my grandfather, a handsome young fellow that she fell in love with. She grew up in the woods, and had to ski to school during the winter. She actually wrote a poem about her life (in Norwegian).

Even though it’s almost 20 years since she passed away, I still miss her from time to time. Now I have a beautiful tattoo on my arm, to remind me of this amazing woman…

Peony tattoo. Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2019
Photo: Mittens and Sunglasses © 2019

I want another one!

I have for a very long time been thinking of getting a new tattoo. I got my first tattoo over five years ago, and am very happy about it. It took me nine years to get it, after I decided that I wanted one. I believe in a long process when it comes to tattoos.

My very first tattoo.

I have now started the process of my second one. I have made a sketch of an idea, but it still needs quite a lot of work. But at least it’s a start.

I want my second tattoo to be placed between my shoulder blades.