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Monday, November 9, 2009

Weekly Ink: Tattooed Lady

Posted By on Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 4:30 PM

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Erin, 22, is a former gallery worker who used to also toil at a tattoo shop, and is now studying illustration at the Academy of Art. On a cold day it's often hard to find someone sporting ink because arms and legs are covered up. But tattoos poked out of all of Erin's hem lines, like a fast-growing vine gone unchecked. There was one blooming on the inside of her wrist. There was a pink heart on her finger and a larger eye-catching piece on her foot, emerging from a pair of red canvas slip-ons.

The foot piece stretches from just above her ankles to the the tops of the toes ("I knew I should have painted my toenails today," Erin commented when we asked her to take off her shoes), and features a classic seafaring scene, complete with a pirate ship, anchor, waves, and flower. The piece isn't just a pretty work of art, however. It's an homage to her grandfather.

"My grandpa was a fisherman, and he went down with the ship," she calmly explained.
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"I was going to get "Homeward Bound" tattooed down my foot to signify 'crossing over,' but basically, that's what this stands for. I knew my grandpa for the first 15 years of my life."

Erin has 30 tattoos, the first of which she got when she was just 18 (it was a pair of hearts on her hips). In the ensuing years, the hearts were joined by Hello Kitty's visage. 


The art student doesn't plan on stopping at 30, either.

"I'm planning on covering a good portion of my body. My arms, I'll
probably get my chest done all the way, I'm going to get another side
piece and I'm planning on doing my legs." In other words, this look may be in the cards for her.

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