Tattoos, Ink and Art

September 6, 2008 in News


I was very lucky to spend an amazing 22 years with my grandmother, and when she passed away two years ago, I was devastated. Loss of someone that was so special is still extremely difficult to deal with, and there is not a day goes by that I don’t think about how much I love her.

My grandmother was an amazing person; I do believe I have got most of my spirit and joy for life from her. She was a passionate and driven person, with an incredible wise spirit and loving nature. I felt very strongly about doing something that would represent my love for her, and what she stands for in my life.

I decided I wanted to get a tattoo in memory of her. I’ve never had a tattoo before, and as my father is a dermatologist (and had always warned me that I would regret the permanency of one) I was quite nervous about what to get and where.

Ink designs

I thought long and hard about what I wanted to get, and had various ideas including angel wings on my wrist and on my calves. But I realized that these images meant nothing to me. So I began to focus on what actually meant something to me – and of course it was her name. Although her name was Helen, I had always called her YiaYia, as this is the Greek name for grandmother. Likewise my grandfather I called Papou instead of Jason.

So I decided that I would get both my grandparents’ ‘names’ in Greek lettering. Finally I needed to decide where to get it; I wanted the place to be private from others, would age well and could be covered if I needed to. After considering it, I settled on my spine as the place for the tattoo.

Searching for an artist

Now I just needed to find a tattoo artist. I researched for month’s different avenues, but as a perfectionist, I wanted to find the most highly sought after tattoo artist to do the tattoo, as I knew that it was for life, and I wanted it to be perfect.

I was a big fan of the show Miami Ink and as I was researching options I found that they were casting for the second series of London Ink, a show set in a tattoo parlour in London. I applied for the show, attended a casting, and soon I received a phone call from production stating that I had gained a place in the new series.

I was over the moon! I was going to get a tattoo by one of the best artists in the world (Dan Gold) and it was happening the following month! I couldn’t wait for the day to come!


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