Kate writes one of my favourite personal style blogs, Scathingly Brilliant. Her cheerful, pastel infused aesthetic comes across clearly in everything she does from the outfits she wears and the way she decorates her room, to the illustrations she sells on Etsy and the gift packs she curates on Sweet and Lovely. Kate recently got her first tattoo and I was curious what this experience was like for someone who is an artist herself. Today she was kind enough to tell us more about it.
When did you get your tattoo? May 2013
Have you always been interested in tattoos? What made you take the plunge and get your first one?
I always thought I might get one, but I didn’t decide for sure until my cat Hypatia passed away in February 2013, and I knew that I wanted to get one to memorialize her. It still took me a few months to finally get up the courage, and I ended up getting it done on her adoption anniversary, May 19th.
As an illustrator, what part did you play in creating the design of your tattoo?
I did a pencil drawing of Hypatia that I brought in with me to the tattoo parlour. It didn’t end up exactly like my drawing, but that was the intention.
What’s the story behind your tattoo?
I had a really difficult time when my cat passed away, and this seemed like a good idea for keeping her with me always.
If you could go back, would you do anything differently?
I would definitely plan ahead! I had my sketch drawn and I knew where I wanted to place it, but I didn’t do any research about which parlour to visit. I finally decided to get my tattoo on her adoption anniversary, and just wanted it done right away. My brother and I went to a place that accepted walk-ins and got them done on the spot. To give you an idea of how bad our artist was — he misspelled the name on my brother’s tattoo! Yikes! He managed to (kind of) fix it but it’s a really funny family story now ;)
If I could go back, I’d definitely find a reputable artist and visit beforehand to make sure they were right for me. My artist didn’t do a really good job of accurately copying my sketch. I asked for him to copy my pencil lines, but he did traditional shading instead, and the lines in the tattoo make her fur look sharp and pointy. I’m sure in the hands of a much better artist I could have got something a lot closer to what I had in mind. At some point in the future I’d like to get it touched up a little.
Despite the issues with it, I really do love the tattoo though. Whenever I look at my wrist I’m reminded of my little angel and that’s why I got it in the first place.
Do you see any more tattoos in your future?
Definitely. I’m planning on getting a little heart or paw print for each of my cats, since I want to give each cat a tattoo but I don’t want to end up with a full-sleeve of cat faces, either. I also really want to get some kind of tattoo that combines my favorite tv shows (The Office, The X-Files and 30 Rock) Just something discreet and symbolic that would make me smile whenever I look at it, but I’m not entirely sure what yet. And if I can ever get up the courage (I feel like this one requires more courage than any other body part) I’d LOVE to get my eyeliner tattooed on. It would be a dream to wake up with perfect eyeliner every day.
Thanks, Kate! It was so interesting to learn more about your tattoo and I’m glad to hear that although your first experience left some things to be desired, that it hasn’t put you off getting more.