I have this idea for my 2nd tattoo pretty much completed, but I am not settled on where I’d like it placed. I currently have the red-winged blackbird on my left shoulder. That placement was easy; I wanted it to cover a scar. Well, I covered it! 😀 I love that you really have to hunt for the scar now. Besides the scar reason, I like the placement because I can see it, it can be visible in the right short-sleeved shirts, but can be covered if I want it covered. I like all of that, so that leaves my other shoulder. My husband said that he feels women with too many arm tattoos look like dudes. Well, not really look like actual dudes but it’s more of a “guy” thing to have upper arm tattoos. Okay, perhaps. An obvious area would be my back but I really want to see the tattoo, too! I love looking at mine throughout the day. Maybe because it’s so new? I’m not opposed to the back, but I’d like to both see it and have it been seen when wearing certain clothing. I prefer upper body placements for myself.
The tattoo idea is 2 monarch butterflies, representing myself and my husband. Monarchs because my kids love to find the eggs and raise them indoors and release them when they are butterflies. They’ve been doing it for a few years now, so seeing monarchs immediately reminds me of them. The coloring of the butterflies represents a song lyric that sums up a lot of feelings I have about the last 12 years of our marriage. It will be like a rainbow arch is going through the 2 butterflies, making a rainbow but not an obvious rainbow (like a separate image would be).
I made a picture of one of the butterflies on my tablet:
I’ve seen some very realistic butterfly tattoos, and I’ve already emailed my artist to see what his opinion is. I was just curious to see what others thought … thanks!
I forgot – I know the colors aren’t “right” for a rainbow. The colors represent my kids; they are the colors they always choose when it’s time to pick things that have color! So my son picks blue, daughter #1 picks green, daughter #2 red and daughter #3 yellow.
When i started getting tattooed i recieved some really good advice. An old timer told me not to use up all my prime realestate early into my tattoo career (getting not doing). So i avoided my back and shoulders and chest for a long time. Now that i have refined tastes in tattoo subject material i have started using up the prime spots. I hate seeing someone with a four inch tattoo right in the middle of their shoulder. Big pieces for big skin. I would recommend maybe inside bicep for a butterfly piece.
I would say get it near your lady parts off to the side of your pubic line.
I’ll have to look at other tattoos in those areas and see if I can picture it there. About the arm that already has a tattoo … I feel like the subjects would clash? If they could be small enough, I’d like to get them on the inner bicep. I’m just not sure how big they’ll have to be to get the detail. I’ll find a monarch pic I like and post it.