My Mehndi inspired half sleeve tattoo

After dreaming about it for the last ten years (so I’m a bit of an over-thinker) and never getting around to it, partly because I’m rubbish at spending money on myself, I finally got my half-sleeve tattoo today.

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It’s Mehndi inspired (I’m borderline obsessed with henna patterns) and it features a hummingbird. I guess there is a bit of meaning there. Trinidad and Tobago is the land of the hummingbird. Hummingbirds are tiny but fierce and free. Mythologically, they represent eternity. That’s probably quite fitting for a tattoo. But, honestly? Hummingbirds are just pretty.

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For my birthday, Laurence surprised me with a mock up of all my ideas, which he’d sent over to Iain Sellar whom he’d booked a session with. Iain is an illustrator and now tattooist that Laurence worked with some time ago at a design agency. He is such a lovely, gentle guy and clearly gifted. He works at The Black Lodge in Portishead. What Iain did with the design is nothing short of masterful. I actually got quite emotional looking at it.

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The session took about two and a half hours, though of course it felt, um, a bit longer than that under the needle. I actually went freezing and started shaking halfway through, likely not helped by stupidly eating barely anything beforehand. Laurence had to go get me some M&M’s and Iain turned the heating up.

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I’m ecstatic that the tattoo looks better than I’d even hoped. In fact, this is what I wanted – I just didn’t know it yet. Now I have to book another session to get some shading done. Cracking through this 30 things to do before I’m 30 list!

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EDIT: A few months later, here it is all coloured in:

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