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Her Favorite Dragon

Laura Laura had a tattoo cover up project she wanted help with; when she came in for the first time, she was very enthusiastic. She had read my website, brought print outs, and was super stoked to get started--- my favorite type of client! I jokingly said that she deserved a gold star for her efforts to be my Number 1 Client and it became our stock jest to trade back and forth.

She says, "I've been waiting for a long time to get a cover up tattoo. My partner found Victoria's website and I knew this would be the woman to help me. 

I've always wanted another dragon, but also knew it would be a journey over several months. Dragons have meant strength, protection, and perseverance. We think they are gone, then they reappear in another time or in another place. My Dragon represents a new time in my life. And she is badass."

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Pacific Northwest Flora

BrinBrin has several tattoos in various places on her body, but she was mostly concerned with covering up a lower back piece when she came in to see me. She had done her research (and read my Cover Up Tattoos page--- always a good idea) and knew that she wanted to use specific plants and fungi, mostly from the Pacific Northwest. But she wasn't sure how they would all combine or if they would work at all for a cover up tattoo.

She wanted: Chanterelle mushrooms, ferns/fiddleheads, blackberries, ivy and Trillium flowers and brought in printouts of images of them in the wild. She also printed out tattoos of them that she liked. (I love that-- it gives me a great idea of the style clients prefer.) Stating that she totally trusted me, she let me use my expertise to control the whole process--which was super refreshing. It gave her a fantastic result. And it's a perfect example of the cover up formula in action.

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KendraPQOver the past few years, Kendra has been working with me on a couple of cover up tattoos for her legs; they work wonderfully and are finished. Now she wants to commemorate her time in Peru, which changed her life, so we are working on a Pachamama tattoo half sleeve for her right arm.

She says, "In Peru, Pachamama is Mother Earth. She is the Andean earth mother goddess. For me she represents connection with nature, spirituality, and divine feminine energy, and feminine power. Both women and nature are the fountains of life. I have always felt most spiritual, present, and at peace when in nature or when in community with strong, inspirational women."

We collaborated on the design, which features an indigenous Pachamama as mountain, with the sun crowning her head like a feathered halo and the blue sky of the Andes behind her. She embodies the four elements and offers water, which is life, pouring from the terraces, bounded by her flowing hair.

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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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