Fresh Ink reader, Bea, isn't from Chicago but she's got a lot of impressive tattoos and is a drummer (I can't say no to drummers). She resides in Jacksonville, Florida and if you're lucky enough to live there and are going to the Blues Fest this year, you can see her performing with her band Willie Randolph.
Originally, she had sent me a picture of her Frog Prince tattoo:
She said that there isn't much of a story behind this tat but that she's always wanted a frog and the Prince Charming thing is more of a nod to how she treats her significant others. Cute. It was done by David Cavalcante at Inksmith and Rogers Tattoo.
When I checked out her myspace page I came across a bunch of other tats, one of which blew me away:
This portrait of Louie Armstrong is one of the best I've seen so far. Seriously cool shit with great attention to detail in the shading.
The day Bea got in touch with me, she was going to get another tat - a cassette tape (which you know I love because I got one about nine months ago). Hers says "Tapes" - her favorite Alanis Morisette song.
Pretty badass. It seems as though Bea has a big love for the ink so who knows, we may see more from her in the future.
Right after launching, I got an email from former Chicago native, Bill, all the way in Costa Rica. He wanted to share a very unique tattoo with us and the story behind it. Behold:
"Never in my life had I been interested in getting a tattoo, mainly because I couldn't imagine something I would find permanently interesting (as a person that is constantly changing).
I am a former Chicagoan that relocated to Costa Rica in 2008 after many years of extended vacation visits. I guess you could say Costa Rica got under my skin.
On September 1st, 2009 I took the next illogical step and got inked. I think I'll be pretty happy with the results for years to come.
My upper-arm tattoo is what's known as an Ambigram; within its design is the phrase "Pura Vida" which can be viewed both right-side and upside-down. 'Pura Vida' is a phrase unique to Costa Rica that means many things but mainly is Costa Rica's mantra expressing that life is good. My tattoo is now my permanent reminder."