(Wearing: Tree of Life velvet bustier, Supre skirt, Vintage sequin elephant bag, shawl & boots, Caitlan's belt, Assorted jewellery)
It was an amazing 25°C today, and I definitely had myself convinced that it was Summer - not the second last day of Winter! This outfit is one that I'm kind of iffy about, the skirt always rides up to just under my butt and the shawl never sits just right, if you know what I mean? But I quite like it nonetheless. So today, I wanted to talk about my newest addition to my very small tattoo family. My Hand of Fatima (otherwise known as hamsa/Hand of Miriam/Hand of Mary). I waited a few weeks till I posted it on here because I was letting it heal and just in case something went wrong with it.
I had wanted this particular tattoo for close to eighteen months. I was initially inspired by a pendant I had received off my parents for a birthday a few years ago. Then when I began my Christmas casual job at Inspired Tribe - a jewellery and homewares store which specialises in ethnic/tribal pieces from India, Nepal, Morocco, etc. - I was surrounded by amazing Hand of Fatima designs, which made me fall even more in love with its meaning and appearance. I got it done at Hunter & Fox Tattoo by Lauren Winzer. I stumbled upon her work through seeing a friend post one of her tattoos on Tumblr. While I appreciated her style of tattoos (cartoon/cutesy/crystals) it wasn't quite me, that was until I ended up finding another variation of a Hand of Fatima that she did! A week later I made a consultation booking, then three weeks later I was laying on her pretty pink bench ready to be tattoo'd up! It was a custom design, which she drew up a few days before my appointment. I sent her through plenty of photos, mostly henna and mehndi designs. And her interpretation was perfect. The tattoo experience was like all tattoo experiences I suppose? It was done in an hour, and took only two weeks to fully heal. The pain was okay, but I only have one other tattoo to go by, and everybody's pain tolerance varies. Lauren is incredibly talented, kind and gentle, and if you are ever in Sydney definitely contact her and book in!At this stage I think I have kicked my tattoo cravings, but I'm sure they'll arise in another six or so months and I've already got a pretty good idea on what I will be getting. Do you guys have any tattoos? Any terrible tales? Any designs you're currently fancying? Drop me a comment and let me know!