My Art Collection

After yesterday's post I received several questions about my tattoo. I thought it would be fun to do a little tattoo expose. (I really need to figure out how to do the little accent mark over my letters)

#1 Celtic Tree of life

So I have 4 tattoos, the one I showed yesterday was the first, from May 1998.

This is the celtic tree of life. Here is an interesting article about the tree of life and designing a tattoo around it. You can Google celtic tree of life and get multiple definitions/explanations. I could tell you what I have found, what I have read, but instead I will tell you what it means to me.

The tree of life symbolizes the strong connections between heaven and hell, and life and death. If you look at a drawing of the tree of life it has no beginning and no end, the line never starts or stops, it is continuous. This is so much like life - there is no isolated moment, no event that can be removed without effecting the others. I may have done things that I am not proud of, I may have made decisions that I shouldn't have, but I live with no regrets, I am happy with my life right now, some circumstacnes may need to change, but I am happy and I know that all of the events, good and bad, are part of what led me on the path to where I am now.

#2 Celtic Dogs/Dragons Fighting

from an image I found in a book on celtic jewelery.

Winter 1998/1999 (don't remember exact date)

I don't have the picture that was used to draw my work - it was a piece custom for me. The image above is the closest image I can find.

This is the best I could do for images of my arm...I thought it was hard to take pics of my wrist!!!

Tattoo #3...yes that is a pez.

I used to collect pez, this tattoo was drawn from an MIP (mint in package) Japanese import - dinosaur with a crystal head. This tattoo is the amazing result of 5+ hours of work performed on my left shoulder blade. I am also very proud of the fact that the picture above was taken by the artist who did my work (he has done ALL of my work) and was featured in an article about him - in Tattoo Revue issue #69

Tattoo #4 the Kanji symbol for love.

January 2000

yes I am positive this says love - an old coworker of mine, this sweet little lady from China, walked up to me one day and said...

"Do you know that the back of your neck says Love"

I said....

"Thank God!!!"

I will say I was pretty confident this was Love when I got it tattoo'ed on me. I did not find the symbol as a piece of flash on the wall at the studio, I had researched different symbols representing Love, I found this one on a website for students studying Kanji.

This is located on the back of my neck - it was one of the simplest and quickest tattoos I have, and by far the most painful!!


So that is my photo story for the week - the story of my art collection. I had actually had a fifth and very large piece planned (it was all drawn and beautiful) but got pregnant with Tommy, I just haven't been able to justify spending that sort of money on myself now that I have the boys around.

PhotoStory Friday
Hosted by Cecily and MamaGeek


  1. I love hearing the stories behind tattoos. They usually have significant meaning for someone, thanks for sharing... That pez is pretty unique.

  2. I really liked this post. Your tattoos are so cool. I have always wanted to get a tattoo, I think that they are just so beautiful and meaningful.

  3. A pez tattoo! THAT is true devotion.

    I love celtic art!

  4. I would be way too much of a chicken to get a tattoo! LOL Thanks for sharing the pics and the history of your tattoos.


  5. LOVE THIS!! I love your tats - I want another one but am still waiting to see if I have another baby! I want it on my wrist too - how bad does that one hurt? Any worse than around the ankle (couldn't be reallY)

  6. I love the stories behind tattoos...and I am amazed by the artistry that is involved in creating them. I don't have a tattoo myself, but the story behind my husband's makes me laugh everytime I think about it (he'd probably be mad at me if I left it here for the world to see so I won't, but trust me, you'd laugh at him too)...

  7. I love them all!!! I just have a small ankh on my forearm - it's not even picture worthy. hehe.

  8. Liz,

    I LOVE the story behind your tattoos! ESPECIALLY the celtic tree of life.. GREAT picture of what life - and eternal life are all about!

    ♥ You

  9. Loved hearing you stories behind the tattoos! The Celtic Tree one looks pretty cool! Love that story too!

  10. Very awesome Liz! Josh has like, four tattoos but I hate them all! They were from his pre-God life. :-) HAHA. (Needless to say, one looks satanic!)

  11. LOL! I always wonder if the Tattoo artists know for sure what the symbols mean that they are putting on people. :)

  12. Wow. Way cool. I'm too much of a chicken to get tattoos. =)

  13. Great tattoos! I LOVE the Pez one.....the design and ink are fabulous. I have two myself....one of which I would love to have fixed/jazzed up since it was something I got on a spur of the moment and is rather flat looking.

  14. Nice artwork. I also like the PeZ one. :)

  15. My daughter has 3 of them and she said that when they're over bone, it's the worst pain ever. She thought her spine was bad but when they were over her ribs, that topped the spine pain.

    Like you, hers all have personal significance to her.

    I loved hearing about your stories.


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