Cars, Carousels, Birds of Prey and Lady Tattooers…

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Now, where on earth do I begin…

This weekend has been fantastic. Lots of fun, frolics, and had an amazing experience working at the 4th Annual Female Tattoo Show. Not only did I meet some incredible artists, I had the opportunity to work in an environment that is filled with people who love what they do.

On Saturday, I took a trip over to the Henley Show with some rather lovely people to check out some beautiful classic cars. However, when we arrived there was much more than classic cars. There was dancing sheep, ferret racing, cow milking, horse shows, marching bands, birds of prey, mechanical bulls, pigs, ducks, and the worlds largest pumpkin I have ever seen. And that’s not even the half of it.

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We discovered the fun-fair, and safe to say, we reverted back to acting like children. One time on the slide just wasn’t enough, of course. And I’m not going to lie, I haven’t laughed that hard in a while. Not forgetting the carousel ride, where we were definitely the largest ‘children’ on board… But it’s true what they say, you’re never too old to have fun. And no matter how old you are (I’m only just teetering on the edge of youth at the mo), these things will always bring a smile to your face.

Why is it that events like these always have amazing bakers selling cakes that envy Mary Berry’s? If you know me, you know my love for Mary Berry – I’ve practically adopted her as my grandma. I may have proposed to a lovely lady selling carrot cake as it was SO GOOD. However, her husband was there, so my dreams of having a baker as a spouse were short-lived.

We also had the opportunity to hold some beautiful birds of prey. I literally jumped at the chance as I’ve loved owls since I can remember. The eagle was definitely a must too. I mean, look at him! His wing-span was insane, and being close enough to see into the eyes of a bird this powerful was beyond amazing. This was a major highlight for me, and another thing ticked off the bucket list.

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It was definitely a day I wont forget any time soon. And I have no doubt I’ll head back again next year.

Sunday was also just as crazy. I just about managed to get myself out of bed at 5:45am after the previous day’s merriment, and travelled to Leamington Spa for The 4th Annual Female Tattoo Show with my other half, Chris, and my lovely friend Amanda, who I have known since I was close to knee-high. It’s the first convention that I have worked alone, so I was both nervous and excited – but we had a great piece to start working on, and a whole day to soak up the atmosphere and meet some fellow artists.

Photo courtesy of Karen Yates

My booth is in the bottom left corner 🙂 (Photo courtesy of Karen Yates)

Throughout the day there were various acts – such as fire dancers, burlesque performers, a quite impressive alternative pole dancing act, and a brilliant Rockabilly band who played a mixture of covers and original material. That was right up my street.
I got talking to a few ladies working nearby. They were all ridiculously talented – one of which was a lovely lady called Ellis Arch who won the award for Best Realism. She’s been tattooing around 3 years, and her work is insanely good. I have no doubt our paths will cross again at some point in the future, especially as I’d love to add to my own personal collection of tattoos…

Here’s a snippet of what I worked on during the day. It’s a large peacock feather quill that begins on Amanda’s inner thigh, wraps around the back of her knee and ends halfway down her shin. She sat like an absolute rock for an incredible amount of time, so I can’t thank her enough for that. I’ll get some photos put up of it once I’ve worked on it some more.

Photo courtesy of Karen Yates

Overall, the show was a great experience, and one that I learned a lot from. I’m already considering which show to apply for next, but all in good time. Firstly I have to settle in to new surroundings in October – details of which I will reveal over the next week or so. It’s an opportunity I have only dreamt of for a long time, however now it’s actually coming true.

Also a huge thank you to all of the lovely people who came to the show to visit and say hello. It meant so much to see you there, and the ongoing support from my friends/customers is what keeps me going. Thank you 🙂

Anyway, it seems I’ve waffled on enough for one day. I’ll post again soon with more tattoo-related drivel from the deepest depths of my mind.

Until then, I look forward to seeing/hearing from you sometime soon.

H x

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