Here’s a little story about a rooster and a pig… or namely my newest tattoos. I consider tattoos to be incredibly personal: When I decide to get one, I don’t tell anyone what I’m getting until they are finished because I don’t want other’s opinions to affect my decision. I go alone because this is a gift to me, this is my thing. Also, I want to feel brave and bad ass; it’s such an ego-boost. And I get my tattoos at very pivotal turning points in my life. This past year has been incredibly monumental for me in all of the storms I weathered. From an excruciating break up to re-evaluating what makes me creatively happy, I have actually reexamined pretty much every facet of my life in one way or another over the past 2 years. Recently it’s come to calm(er) point. I feel more secure in who I am and what I’m doing than I have in years. The point is that I survived. I needed a marker, almost like a badge of honor for this achievement. Hence, the rooster and the pig.

mike ski - tattoo artist
I’ve always been a huge fan of traditional sailor tattoos, so I knew the style I wanted. Did you know that many sailors had badges of honor, such as an anchor means hope or a swallow means a sailor had sailed 5000 miles. I found this absolutely fascinating and dug deeper, eventually finding the rooster and the pig, which symbolize them often being the only survivors of shipwrecks. Because these are signs of survival, these animals are often tattooed on the tops of feet. I knew what I had to do.

rooster and pig tattoos
I went to Mike Ski of True Hand Society here in Philadelphia. The experience was absolutely AMAZING. First, Mike is a genius and totally understood exactly what I wanted. The day of my appointment was when I saw the designs for the first time and I absolutely fell in love. I actually didn’t find the tattooing process to be that painful (Mike is now the second artist to tell me I have a high pain tolerance), but the healing has been a bit interesting. It’s a little cold in October to wear sandals! Either way, I am beyond thrilled with this entire experience and cannot stop staring at my gorgeous new tattoos.

photos by Jojotastic