I don't really tell people the stories behind my tattoos but here goes...
Originally I was going to have a beach landscape on my right arm and a cityscape on my left arm. But plans change. I had this done roughly a year after I came back from travelling round the USA and the picture reminds me of all the beaches I saw when driving down coastal route 1 in California. The Pacific Ocean looked like it stretched on forever. I liked looking out at it and realising how far away I was from home, and that I was staring out at the other side of the world. I'd never seen the Pacific before and I haven't seen it since. The ocean in the tattoo is the Pacific, there's no doubt about it. And when I think about that ocean I can't help but hear School by Supertramp in my head. I don't know why. It's not about oceans but it *sounds* like the ocean. And so, if this tattoo had a soundtrack, it would be that song.
It's a cover up - the word 'Sayonara' is written in pink ink underneath the red sky. It's still partly visible. The word came from a Coheed and Cambria song. I still love the song but I didn't love the tattoo and it was getting in the way of...the bigger picture. In my head they are one and the same tattoo now. Sayonara is still in there. There's a seaside town along the coast somewhere between San Francisco and LA called Cambria. We stopped there just so I could say I'd been to Cambria. Music geek.
It's by Valerie Vargus of Frith St Tattoo. September 2008, before she got famous and her waiting list became years long. Only just before. I count myself quite lucky. Having it done was a lovely experience.
Top photograph by Iris Jones Photography 2008.
Bottom photograph by Giada Garofalo Photography 2009.