The story behind my travel tattoo

travel tattoo
The before and after

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28 Responses

  1. Love it, looks great! The mountains immediately said “Himalyas” to me and I immediately thought Nepal because of Chittwan. Chiang Mai in the Himayayas? Wow, I would never have thought that! Going to have to go look at Google maps.

  2. Shirley Corder says:

    It looks so grand compared to your original “drawing”. Well done! Most creative.

  3. Beautiful tattoo! I would love to see a pulled back picture of it on you!

  4. Anete says:

    Awesome tattoo! I didn’t know that Chiang Mai is in the bottom of the Himalayan mountains..that sounds awesome. I have always been a fan of mountains and always wanted to visit Himalayas. I recently was in Chiang Mai so I guess it partly counts 🙂

  5. I also have a tiny tattoo I’m not too fond of, but I’m always scared to redo it because as you mentioned, it has to be bigger to incorporate the old design. Also finding a good tattoo artist in my area is a pain! I must say yours looks stunning, and I love the meaning behind it!

  6. Whoa! That’s an awesome cover up! I love her style! Indeed you gave your cover-up work in a very talented hand! The elephants and the mountains together are just perfect! Do you have more tattoos or is this the only one?

  7. photojeepers says:

    The intricate details on the new tattoo are amazing. I love the story of survival and determination that inspired the tattoo. Whenever you may have challenges, it will be a good reminder to keep going!

  8. Claire Summers says:

    I love this so much! I have literally just emailed some designs to an artist to get my first travel tattoo! I actually also have 2 tattoos that I really hate and need covering up. But I know you have to get something so much bigger to do that. I must say your friends work is incredible what a fantastic job in covering it up. The detail is brilliant.

  9. rovingjo says:

    I really love how you incorporated the 2 stories. I especially love the addition of the elephant and the meaning behind it. It is sad to see how many of these beautiful creatures are mistreated. Your friend did a fantastic job recreating the tattoo and making it beautiful and special.

  10. Ian says:

    Holy smokes, what an improvement!
    That’s a great design, even better because it means something to you on so many levels.
    I’ve been to Thailand twice so far, and have never made it to Chiang Mai! We’re definitely going there this trip with the kids.

  11. Beautiful story behind your tattoo. Though I love tattoos but I am very scared of needles. Not sure if i can ever muster courage to get one. Your tattoo looks lovely

  12. What a cool tattoo that is – definitely a work of art. Your friend did a great job to cover up your old tattoo. I’ve never tried getting inked, but I totally respect people who do it, especially when they use it as ‘souvenir’ when traveling and it holds a symbolic significance.

  13. Yukti says:

    Wow it looks beautiful. It really looks Himalayas mountains and foothills also seen. I believe this place where you visited and had tatoo must also be so beautiful like your tattoo.

  14. Thais Saito says:

    Loved it! I have many tattoos, but haven’t regretted any yet. The new one looks beautiful!

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