Johnny Depp once said
“My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.”
Tattoos are one of the most beautiful ways humans have discovered to personalize ourselves. Self expression, rebellion, reminders, identification of spiritual or cultural ideas, sharing faith, declaration of commitment, accountability, and artistic expression. Just a couple reasons why people do it. Imagine believing in something so much you can confidently etch it on your skin. I personally have 8. Each one very near and dear to my heart. My absolute favorite is my Meraki one. I got in January 2018 as a birthday gift to myself. The word, as I hope you know by now, describe what happens when you leave a piece of yourself (your soul, creativity, or love) in your work. When you love doing something, anything, so much that you put something of yourself into it. Motto. Mantra. My way of wanting to do everything. No half ass-ing. Reminder on my arm, forever.
Who do you call for something so precious? Ahhhhhh insert
The Tattoo Saint. @sherylngunga
Miss Sheryl, my ethereal goddess. Located smack in the overlap of Hyattsville and College Park MD. She runs a vibe. Walking into the shop you’ll always be greeted by her warmness. Mellow music serenading you, her artwork in full display ( she also can make you custom art y’all), and she immediately gets to understand why you’re there. She calmly whips out her handy dandy paperwork so you can understand what you’re in for. She then sketches your vision before you and makes sure you’re happy with it. Then she starts the low hum of her needle. You’re in for a ride.
Remember when you were younger and you had to go get a shot? If you didn’t get it you couldn’t go to school. So you’d drag your feet into the doctors office. Idk about you but I used to be terrified. I wasn’t a fan of needles but knew it had to be done. Afterwards you’re risk for disease is reduced and ya get a lollipop. That’s how it is with Sheryl. The needle hurts but she makes the experience so pleasant. Not got lie, an hour in I almost tapped out. She just smiled, told me I’m almost done and distracted me with fire conversation. An hour later I was actually done. My gleaming tat being my lollipop. The best part? She’s so well versed in her craft. Very clear and concise on making sure YOU understand how to aid your tat heal. Furthermore, everything she uses is probably more sterile than your average doctor’s office. I love how much of a stickler she is for cleanliness, hygiene and safety.