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Snek Snekety Snek

OleOle contacted me about a camouflage/cover up tattoo project for his upper back. He says, "My friends and I decided to get large tattoos on a whim in Hawaii--- makes for a good story, but some unsatisfying ink. After two years of being unhappy with the tattoo I decided to have it covered.

I sent photos and requests to a handful of artists in Oregon and Victoria was the only one willing to take on the large dark tattoo I had. She was fantastic at helping decide colors and patterns that would work for this cover up, and the snake we decided on turned out awesome."

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Beloved Pet Memorial

BenRBen is one of my most loyal clients, and has been working with me for years on his tattoos. Last year his beloved dog Jackson died; Ben wanted to commemorate and remember him with a calf tattoo. He decided to use the Traditional American or Old School style of tattoo, as I draw them. Now Ben can look down the back of his leg and see Jackson's face looking back at him.

He wrote this moving eulogy to Jackson and is allowing me to share it:
“I picked you up at Petco in Baton Rouge. I was 22. You were 8 weeks. I filled the shopping cart with too many dog toys and treats. You were with me during my last few days at LSU. We moved into our first house together. You were incredibly protective and wouldn’t leave the yard even if I left the gate open. You taught foster puppies how to be dogs and they loved you. We rode across the country together to Portland. You were the easiest apartment dog ever. Jessica [Ben's wife] immediately fell in love with you. Abbie learned from you; she is an incredible dog because of it and you had an amazing amount of patience with the littles.

You collapsed last week and I knew the end was near. This morning you collapsed for the last time. We were all here when it happened and I hope we were able to bring you some comfort during your last moments.

I will never forget you and what we went through together. I promise. I’ll miss you.”

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Stellar's Jay Fly Away

MarcusMarcus came in to see me about a cover up on his right arm; he drives up from Corvallis, where he lives with his young family, for every session.

He says, "My original cross never tied in very well with the surrounding floral design of my tattoo; the cross was too square and not 'organic' enough. I knew I wanted a cover up [for it] but at first didn't realize the complexity involved in tying in a new design with the old, and I kind of assumed that any cover up tattoo was on the table as long as it had darker shading and whatnot.

"I eventually discovered Victoria's website, read her information on cover up tattoos, then realized I needed to pick a design that had a certain amount of complexity to its design and had lines that could be worked in to the existing tattoo. That is why I chose a bird, since its wings and tail feathers were more or less oriented similarly to the cross. I gave several 'favorites' to Victoria and she did some research and eventually sketched out a design (Stellar's Jay) that fit perfectly and did an amazing job concealing the original tattoo.

"Honestly, I was a little skeptical this could actually work. But now I see how well a cover up can be done with careful attention being paid to the cover up design. I am very happy with the piece."

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Buddhist Dream of Nepal

DwayneAs a practicing Buddhist, Dwayne wanted his first tattoo to reflect his faith.

His wife, Carrie Ann, has volunteered for years in Nepal; he always dreamed of joining her and one day, finally realized the dream. They traveled to the Mustang area of Nepal, near Machapuchare (Fishtail Mountain) in the Annapurna, where he observed the devout Buddhist practices of the Nepali people living there.

Reflecting on his own devotion, he wanted his tat to include a chorten (or stupa), the mountains in that region (it didn't have to be any specific one but we settled on Fishtail, as it so memorable) and Buddhist prayer flags. I based the tattoo design on some of the photos he had taken while they were traveling in the area-- see what we came up with.

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Blue Birds Nesting

MeganMia and her lovely wife Melissa came in to see me about Mia's old tattoos. She says, "I was fortunate enough to stumble upon Victoria while searching online for a tattoo artist that specialized in cover ups. The tattoo that I wanted covered was so large that I expected to be turned away at my consultation, but Victoria really eased my fears with the whole process and explained that she doesn’t see cover ups as limitations, but rather, as opportunities.

"I came in to Floating Lotus wanting a tree tattoo because to me it symbolizes the growth & change I’ve experienced in my life, but more importantly, I wanted two blue birds to be the focal point to symbolize our eleven month old twin boys. I had a very basic idea in my head of what I wanted for this tattoo, but what Victoria created was far better than anything I could’ve imagined.

"I looked forward to every appointment with her because she had new expanded drawings that blew me away. The end result was a full sleeve tattoo that actually covered three different old tattoos and I am so pleased with the outcome, especially the birds! I’m very grateful to have Victoria’s art featured on my arm and this tattoo really means so much to me."

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Dream Catcher

MeganMegan and her family are from Alaska (Chipuk Alaska Native) but are living down here in the contiguous United States now. Megan had some scars on her left arm that she was interested in covering up with a tattoo; she and her mom came in to talk to me about it.

She knew exactly what she wanted and had done her research--- just a dream client! Plus, she's a very sweet person, who trusted me to help her with my expertise, so she got a great result that made us both happy.

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Phoenix Rising

LorenaAfter undergoing a double mastectomy, Lorena decided that she wanted a tattoo to cover the resulting scars, so she came in to talk to me about it. She says, "The Greek mythological bird, Rising Phoenix, that repeatedly rises from the ashes, represents my rising from the ashes of eradicating breast cancer and it’s resulting eight month treatment: chemotherapy, double mastectomy, and radiation.

Once Victoria and I landed on the Phoenix idea, she created a version in the tribal art form that I love and mixed in a little Haida art style of Pacific West coast indigenous people. Faith resonates in my life and helped to bring me through this health challenge and I absolutely love the way Victoria listened to my request and incorporated it into her design. [I suggested we have the phoenix speaking or "breathing" the word "Faith". See the photos below.]

The entire process was gratifying (even through the pain) in that I now have a beautiful piece of art that I proudly wear every day that reminds me in a positive way of my ordeal."

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Hawaiian Flower Power

KeelyKeely is a friend of Jenn's (see June's feature "Hydrangea Garden") and I met her when we were doing Jenn's photo shoot. Keely had a couple of tattoo projects she wanted to work on and this is what she has to say about the one on her left flank we just finished. "The meaning of my tattoo reflects on the person I am today. It reveals my struggles, my successes, and the new direction my life has taken in the past five years. Previously I was in an unhealthy long–term relationship. The day I decided to leave I had no plan, however I knew my quality of life needed to improve and that with my children by my side, we could start over as long as we had each other. I began to work out, eat right, and take control over my life and my decisions. One day I was shopping at a boutique and I purchased a book of inspirational quotes. The first page had a quote that read, “She believed she could, so she did.” This quote hit home for me and knowing that as long as I believed in myself I could do anything! The strength my daughters bring to my life is amazing and I waned to show them that together we could accomplish anything. It also reminded me that I now believed in myself and all that I have accomplished as a single mother and as a woman.

I have always wanted to add something to the quote and when I met Victoria she helped me design the perfect addition. The flowers surrounding the quote are Hawaiian flowers. I took my daughters to Hawaii for their graduation, the same trip my mother took me on for my graduation. The flowers symbolize the “three of us” and how love, beauty, strength and always counting on each other gets me through each day. My tattoo is for me and reminds me that I always have my girls."

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Hydrangea Garden

JennSJenn had never gotten any ink before she came in to my studio to see me. She says, "I had breast cancer three years ago and chose a double mastectomy and reconstruction. I was left with scars across my chest and felt ugly every day when I looked in a mirror.  Now--- I am not a tattoo person, but last year I decided to have my scars covered up with a mural tattoo because I wanted to feel beautiful in my new skin.

I met with Victoria at Floating Lotus to discuss details of my 'art project'. Over the course of several sessions, she created this beautiful canvas and I completely love it. I would recommend Victoria to anyone who wants a quality job done, while also being entertained by her fun personality, which made me feel very comfortable throughout the process."

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Gaia Divine Feminine Garden-- Watercolor Style

KatieEOver the past nine years that I've had the honor and pleasure to work with Katie on her tattoos, I've really enjoyed her calm yogini demeanor and open style of communication, amongst her many other lovely qualities. An educator, she's articulate and does her research without prompting. She also gives me tons of space in terms of design and execution, which is fairly rare. Plus, she's got a great laugh!

This year, we're working on her torso, creating connecting tattoos (front and back) invoking the Divine Feminine, Gaia/Mother Earth, all things growing and transforming, planting the seeds for change. When I asked if I could use these new projects to explore the "watercolor" style of tattooing, which I had limited experience with, she was happily enthusiastic. She even sent me the poem that inspired her.

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