IAM: Bikuki‘s finally finished her camera tattoo!


“I got my camera for two reasons – The most simple and easy to explain is that I love photography.

The second is more complicated and personal, and has a lot to do with my grampa. My mum, dad and gran all worked full time when I was in primary school, so every day my grampa would take me home to his for lunch and again after school. I was so close to him – he practically raised me from the age of four through to eight years old. He was an incredibly artsy person who taught me to draw and took me to his photography club when I was a kid, he also gave me my first SLR camera.

In January of this year he had a stroke, and although he’s recovering it gave me the fright of my life and I suddenly became very aware of his mortality (although I used to have nightmares as a kid about him dying, and it was always my biggest fear). I wanted to have a part of him inked on me forever so I knew he’d never leave me – and a camera was perfect.

He’s such a cool old man, and was the only member of my family who actually seemed interested rather than disgusted by my existing tattoos, too, which always makes me smile.

I’ll never forget him.”

Tattoo (from start to finish) by Barry at Chameleon Tattoo, Paisley, Scotland..

13 thoughts on “Development

  1. I don’t really like the colors, I’m not gonna lie… But I do like the detail – and the fact that it’s a camera.

  2. It might be the angle but that looks like a completely different tattoo to me.
    Now I feel sad.

  3. Same with me ^^^^ it looks WAY more new school in the second photo and much more “to scale” in the first

  4. Trust me, it’s the same tattoo!! I took the first photo sitting down with the camera aiming down my leg (it’s on the outer aspect of my calf), and the second photo standing with my foot on the couch and taken from the side.

    It’s also very swollen in the second pic – my leg didn’t much like three hours inkage on a rather small area.

  5. Gotta say I prefer the outline to the finished work. And not for nothing, because I have a huge tattoo on my arm that was AWESOME in outline form and now that it’s colored in… not so much, so I’m not just lashing out to be mean.

  6. I agree with K the outlines are in my eyes cooler than the finished thing but anway cool tattoo

  7. I’m totally with you on the nerdy grandparent tribute tat. I have a delf blau floral pottery pattern occupying my entire right shoulder blade. (from a broken decorative pot they brought from holland during the war)It’s for my grandma who also raised me as a toddler. Her health is failing, and I panic when I think about what my life would be like if I couldn’t call my grandma with every tiny piece of news. She inspires me, makes me laugh, and has taught me the most important life lessons without even knowing it. I would not be the same person without her…or my grandfather either. I’m contemplating getting their wedding photo as a back piece….it’s beautiful…but i’m not sure…. ^_^

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