My first tattoo was a mistake.  Back when the law allowed anyone 16+ to get tattoos with parental or guardian consent I chose a design that I thought I would love for the rest of my life.  I didn’t have much money at the time and anyone who has a tattoo also knows the saying: “You get what you pay for” and I have hated that tattoo ever since.  You will not be seeing that tattoo in this post.  I haven’t had it covered up yet because I’ve been busy getting other tattoos, and since it’s on my lower back, like most classy tattoos in the late 90’s and early 2000’s people don’t see it anyway.

This post is about the tattoos that I do love!  My Halloween inspired ink gives me happiness to look at every day.  I will probably be one of those fully tatted up grannies telling my neighborhood kids to chill out and think before they act and invite them over to school them at Mario Kart.

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Here’s a work in progress shot of the back tattoo that is seen completed above.  It was done by Winfield Green at Tattoo Asylum in Spring Lake Park, MN.  It’s fully colored now but I kind of miss what it looked like in gray scale.

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My werewolf was also done by Winfield over 5 years ago and it still looks great.

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Recently I was able to get something done by Gabby Maravelas at Steady Tattoo in Minneapolis, MN (seen above and below) Inspired in part by Hocus Pocus and also my love of the occult trade.

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I feel like a human coloring book whenever I get something done by Gabby and I love seeing her tattoos come to life on my skin.  I never walk away feeling disappointed.  Next up on this leg piece is adding the death tarot card and a bundle of parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme. Maybe I’ll add a little bit of lavender to the bunch for fun.

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Jeremy Calaveras from Stay Tru Tattoo in Burnsville, MN did the memorial piece below for my great grandparents.  The flowers are pot marigolds which are my great grandmother Florian’s birth flower and the sun rays at the top represent a play on my great grandfathers name which is Ray.

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The tattoos on my arm were done in two separate sessions from each other.  He’s awesome with the Neo traditional style.  The cauldron needs a touch up but I haven’t gotten around to it yet.

The haunted house wraps around my wrist, so here are some close up shots of the graveyard on the other side.

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When I worked at a tattoo parlor one of the artists who is no longer at the shop did this bat piece for me.  I drew up the bat silhouette design myself because I’ve seen a lot of bad ones that turn out looking more like birds and I wanted to make sure mine was exactly what I wanted.

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Another coworker did this crescent moon on my middle finger.  I have an identical one on my other middle finger that’s filled in all black.

I have dream artists that I want to collect ink from.  Teresa Sharpe and Erin Chance at Unkindness Art parlor in Richmond, VA.  In the future I want to have both my legs completely covered in art from them.

I’d love to see your Halloween or spooky inspired tattoos.  You can tag my FB, Tumblr, or Instagram @Battywampus to show me what you got!