Tuesday , 21 October 2014

Mami Ink: The Art

Many of you who follow me on The Twitter and Pinterest know that I have been diligently trying to get my thoughts in order so that I can get inked in memory of my mami.

This has been a longtime in coming.  From the moment shortly after she passed away last February I knew I would do this.  After thinking about it, I spoke to my brother who is not only an awesome guitar player with the band A Dying Regime but he is a very talented artist and soon to be professional graphic designer. In typical “us” fashion, he set out to do some research and delivered the devastating news that the tattoo that I originally thought about getting would not be a good choice.

I wanted a gardenia. It was one of mom’s favorite flowers and my grandma used to actually call her that. But, after researching it, my bro explained that my skin probably would absorb the white in and then I’d be left with a crappy tattoo.  So off to the drawing board I went.

It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago that the thought hit me.  Birds of paradise. Mom loved the flower because it was unique. She was all about things that were different, never wanting to just go with the crowd.  I started researching and created my cool Ink board on Pinterest.  The same day I decided that I would work with this particular flower, I went to the backyard and realized I was being sent a message.  By the gazebo, mami had planted birds of paradise.  Last year, after a couple of freezes, the plant died. Or so I thought. On the same day that I made the decision I step outside and find this:

So off I went to try and put things together.  Let me start by saying that I am talented at many things! Art and music are not on that list (much to my chagrin and disappointment).  I guess God knew what He was doing because if I did have those talents, I would be too big for my britches (question: what are britches and, why don’t I have any in my closet?).

So I did what a creative person would do. I printed then cut and paste stuff the way I thought it might look. I like to call this the “concept” stage:

Following that I sent it to one of my very talented friends who wanted to show me what the quotes would look like in the tattoo (except she didn’t have anything good to go off of):

Upon the recommendation of a friend, I sought out Jorge from Trinity Tattoo Company in town. I walked in after a play date and gave him my rendering.  He told me he’d draw something up and get back to me.  After a little back and forth (and some Pinterest references and viewing some of Jorge’s awesome work) he got it beautifully:

Once the man had it right, I had no more excuses other than a few thoughts on fonts.  Which of course meant I had to send him two pages worth of my quotes in a variety of fonts for inspection.  Well, are all set to go.  I’m out of excuses other than a lingering fear that this is going to hurt.  But, I went through 40 hours of labor so, this is going to be cake, right?

If you are in town and want some ink, go check out the boys at The Trinity Tattoo Company. Be sure to tell them Mami sent you (who knows, they might take it easy on me).  Now that I’ve shared, got any ink you want to tell me about?

Pimsleur Swedish

About Sili Recio

Sili is the owner and Chief Executive Mami of Mamihood Media and My Mamihood. Selected as one of Latina Magazine’s top Blogger to Know in 2014 and Latina Magazine’s top 10 Mommy bloggersin 2013, My Mamihood was described as “a haven for fashion inspiration, baby concerns, must read books and even tech musings! This blog will keep you reading for hours…” When not appearing on top 10 lists or speaking passionately about those things she holds near and dear to hear heart, this Afro Latina loves hanging out with her frog princess, helping others, trash talking in her setting up all-girl Fantasy football leagues, reading and finding new gadgets to play with. She is currently punishing herself by pursuing an MBA with a concentration in social media from Southern New Hampshire University on hiatus from school much to the chagrin of her Type A personality.

8 comments

  1. I’m so excited for you! I think it’s going to turn out great and you will have a beautiful reminder of your Mami. I’ve been wanting to do a tattoo post, maybe I will this week.

    • Sili
      Twitter: mymamihood

      Do it! It’s going to be awesome. I have probably 2 more posts to do. One after each sitting so, we can make it #mamitattoo week or something :-).

  2. lovely. i will get my tattoo soon.:-)

  3. I love that last picture with the red ink. I APPROVE!! LOL!!

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