The story behind my tattoos

girl with tattoos

I think tattoos and all that comes with them (tradition, art, meaning) have fascinated me for as long as I can remember. When I was younger, I stayed for hours binge-watching shows such as Miami Ink and LA Ink for hours.

But, up until recently I never felt quite ready to commit myself to getting a tattoo for a number of reasons. Mostly, I wanted to be completely sure of what I was getting. Also, I waited to find the right artist. Looking back, I feel like I’ve made the right choice of taking a bit longer because. Now, I don’t have any doubts about my choices of the what, how and who.

All of my current (as well as my future) tattoos are done in neo-traditional style and in color. The mastermind behind them is an amazing artist based in Belgrade, Nemanja from Karavampir Tattoo Club. Honestly, I cannot imagine letting anybody else doing my tattoos.

I got my first tattoo maybe a year ago. I think the motto behind it was “Go big or go home” as it covers a significant part of my left thigh. It is a vintage perfume bottle with a pearl necklace around it. This tattoo honors the relationship I have with my grandmother, one of the most important people in my life.

perfume bottle tattoo

My second tattoo is a more recent one, a couple of months old. I wanted to get two traditional swallow tattoos to represent my sister and me. The swallows are on my back because I really liked the placement and how the tattoo looks there.

traditional swallow tattoo

My third and most recent tattoo is actually part one of what I want to get. It is a neo-traditional anchor on my inner arm. I chose these nautical images as I wanted something to represent a kinda big milestone in my life – my Ph.D. degree. Since the topic had to do with the country of Montenegro my idea was to have tattoos that would remind me of the Adriatic sea, thus the anchor and the lighthouse, which will actually be part two of the piece.

traditional anchor tattoo

I don’t want to get into the discussion about should you or should you not get tattoos. It’s all up to you. The only thing I would say is to be sure of what you’re getting, find the right artist for you and make sure you take good care of it.

In this post, I wanted to share my current tattoos with you (you know how it goes, when you get the first one, it probably won’t be your last one) and the meaning behind them, I feel it’s a good way for you to maybe get to know me a bit better.

Of course, I’ll keep you posted, so stay tuned!

Till my next post,

Have a great day,

Ana