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!

henna style half sleeve tattoo

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

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22 Comments

    • May 27, 2015 / 9:11 pm

      Go big or go home? 🙂 Thanks! Probably will get more but not for a long time and unlikely to get any as visible as this one.

    • May 31, 2015 / 9:34 pm

      Thank you! I know they’re not everybody’s thing but I am so happy with it.

  1. Anna
    May 27, 2015 / 10:57 am

    It’s absolutely stunning!

  2. May 27, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    This looks so beautiful! I can’t imagine anything would suit you more. Love that it has so much meaning behind it, too. Will you get more once the shading is done? x

    • May 27, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      Thank you! I doubt I’d get anything else easily visible but I might get more. I spent such a long time thinking about this one, another might have to be on my 40 before 40 list! I do have a rather large Icthus on my lower back which needs sorting out at some point, though. It’s OK (mainly just reminds me of being 18) but has never felt complete. So if I were to get more it would be to add to that.

  3. May 27, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    Gorgeous, I really love the hummingbird. So pretty to have that much detail. You’re very brave, there’s no way I could get my whole upper arm done. I have the teeniest tattoo ever and felt like superwomen afterwards for getting it done, ha x
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    • May 27, 2015 / 9:10 pm

      I won’t lie, I wouldn’t have been keen to sit for the shading then and there! 🙂

  4. May 27, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    Adele it’s awesome! Suits you so much. What a fabulous birthday gift. Can’t wait to see it with all of the shading.
    I love hummingbirds too, it’s not our national bird, but in Dominica I used to love watching them hover from flower to flower : )
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  5. May 27, 2015 / 9:48 pm

    This might sound trite, but this is so you and I didn’t even what would be “so you” before I saw this, but it just really really suits you x

    • May 31, 2015 / 9:35 pm

      It doesn’t sound trite to me at all because that’s pretty much how I felt when I saw the design!

  6. May 28, 2015 / 10:05 am

    Man, that looks so good on you. I’m in awe. Really beautiful and just seems to suit you so much! xx

  7. May 28, 2015 / 11:11 am

    Oh Adele, I love it! I can’t remember how you looked before the tattoo now- it just really suits you! So glad you went out and got it! Good luck with the shading too xxx

  8. May 31, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    It is beautiful – absolutely beautiful – I’m currently looking at temporary tattoos thinking that for my 40th it might be something I’d like to do (although I doubt it will be as wonderful as yours)
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