Sunday, September 12, 2010

If It's Magic

Instant viewing on Netflix has sucked me in but I never thought I'd watch so many episodes of LA Ink starring Kat Von D.

Part of the appeal is that I keep toying with the notion of getting a discreet tattoo. Perhaps, cherry blossoms with branches and names, a dove with an olive leaf or a bouquet of flowers, an idea that I got from the show.

So many people on the show get memorial tattoos. There was this one woman who got a sleeve of her friend who died of breast cancer. The friend was a fellow surfer fascinated by mermaids and dolphins and such. So, the tattoo is of her friend as a mermaid surrounded by all of things she loved.

There was a woman who got the symbol for the National Eating Disorders Association on her back so that she can remember where she's been and how for she's come.

On the flip side of an eating disorder is the father who got a tattoo of his daughter (with words My Angel and Ecle 3:4) who has Mitochondrial disease which I hadn't heard of. The father describes it as an inability to produce fuel from food that we eat.

A young lady comes in wanting a life preserver, the symbol for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, to honor her brother who committed suicide.

One guy got a It's called Vitiligo tattoo.

Yet another woman got a series of tattoos on her back of a bird tentatively leaving a bird cage, then another bird in the middle and, finally, a bird soaring. Recently divorced, she also had an eating disorder and wanted to document her flight so to speak.

There were a number of phoenix tattoos done, including one on a man who saved his friend from a fire but ended up being burned himself.

The comedian Margaret Cho comes in to get another peacock tattoo because it represents beauty for her. Cho said that it took her a long time to get to the point where she thought of herself as beautiful.

In Vol 2, Epi 2, Hannah Aitchison, an LA Ink artist said:

One of the best pieces of advice that I ever got is the idea of the responsibility when someone gives you their body and wants you to do something on them that they will die with, it's a tremendous amount of trust...
I was completely moved by the woman who got a Japanese crane on her rib cage to honor her friend Mary Crane who was going through a second bout of lymphoma. About her friendship, she said:

I don't know how much farther I can go but I will continue going as far as I can to validate how much I love that girl. Wherever we are in the world, I will always looks at this tattoo and think of good memories -- hugging her, her smile and just always think about friendship and how magical it is. (Vol. 2, Epi 5, Novelty Girls)


  1. I have such a love/hate thing with tattoos. Sometimes I love the idea of one, to remind me of something. But I can't figure out what - and making a commitment to put something on my body for the rest of my life.

    Then I see girls like Kat Von D who is SO beautiful - but I feel as though she's ruined her beauty with her tattoos. I know that SHE feels beautiful with them and I suppose that's what matters, but I think it's awful.

  2. Angela,

    This woman, who was getting a tattoo removed, said her advice was to find a design that you like and put it on a mirror and if you're not tired of looking at it after a year, go ahead and get the tattoo.

    And, yeah, Kat Von D has a lotttttttttt of tatts. I think it's safe to say that I would never get that many -- not even sure if I'm getting one but if I do, it'll be out of sight.

  3. i've totally been watchin' LA ink lately-when i can! some people can pull of lots of tats no problem....i have a few and have been considering another one... the triquetra symbol (daughter's name is Trinity) with a cross in the middle of it.
    but, i'm kinda scared to since my body chemistry has changed since giving birth. i've developed so many food allergies and intolerances, there's no telling how my body would react to ink now!
    i'll stick with henna tattoos i think!

  4. I puffy heart Netflix! :)

    I have a flower on my toe...but no plans to do any more ink. I remembered most of those episodes you mentioned- it's a good show!

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  6. @Heather,

    I just googled the triquetra symbol; it looks pretty cool.

    You've also given me an idea. I’m going to get a henna tattoo or maybe two...


    I thought I saw a tattoo on your foot in a picture you posted.

    What's funny about LA Ink is that I watched one show then didn't watch it for the longest time. Now, I'm totally engrossed.