Yesterday I got to almost finish something I have wanted for a long time. When I started getting tattoos I knew I wanted a sleeve, but didn't think I had the balls to do it. Then I got married and got the last name Ball and I mean, you have to have balls then right? Nah, it really didn't have anything to do with that.
It had everything to do with finding this:
When I saw this artwork by Yellena James my jaw hit the floor and I knew that was what I would get put on my arm. I can't even begin to describe how it speaks to me. The colors, the organic shapes, the almost organized chaos just felt like it described me. It was unconventionally beautiful. Something you could just keep staring it and notice something different each time.
I started the tattoo in April of 2012, but only got an outline of sorts done.
It needed a lot of work, but my tattoo artist moved away and I felt lost. I thought it would be easy for me to travel to Seattle to have him finish the work, but as time went on I knew that was never going to happen. Then the mission started to find another artist. I talked to people, I went into a couple shops and nothing just fit. Then I went into Relentless Tattoo to talk to Liz. First off, I loved the chill atmosphere. It felt like a quiet, laid back shop which I loved. I also was extremely intrigued to have a woman tattoo me. Through the years I have dealt with A LOT of arrogant men while getting a tattoo. I loved my last artist because he was not arrogant and felt I was going to have a hard time finding that again. Liz gave off no arrogance at all, she was cool, she was friendly and she seemed happy to help me out with the project.
Oh, she did not disappoint! It was by far the best tattoo experience I have had. I enjoyed talking to her and just hanging out. She also did an amazing job picking up where my previous artist left off and creating something herself. Using the artwork as inspiration and putting her own tastes and ideas into it. I'm absolutely in love with this tattoo and want to stare at it all day. The detail is fantastic and just like the artwork the longer you look at it the more you notice little things. I hope it would make Yellena proud.
My plan is to wrap it on the under side of the arm as well so it is a complete sleeve but I'll give the outside some time to heal before I go back.