Wings of an Angel

I love it when Jackie sends in a story to go along with her tattoos.  Here’s the story behind this pair of angel wings.

First off… this is this girl’s FIRST tattoo! Secondly…we did it all in a single 6 hrs session. she was a BEAST! But aside from the bad-assery there is a great story. She had some awesome inspiration to keep her going. She told me that when she was very little she spent most of her time being taken care of by her grandmother. They were very close as you can imagine. She was a very religious woman and always told bed time stories from the bible but was able to make them seem amazing and magical for her little grand daughter. She always called her her “little angel” even after she grew up. Nikki was lucky enough to be at her grandmothers side when she passed away a few months ago. She was very old and had made her peace with the world. Before she passed she told her grand daughter that it was ok and that she was going home to be with the angels. With all this talk of angels and the grief of her loss it seemed pretty clear to Nikki what to do :)

Jackie Rabbit works at Star City Tattoo in Roanoke, VA.

11 thoughts on “Wings of an Angel

  1. Dude, a single six-hour session? That’s an insane effort. I wish my tattooer could do that in six hours!

  2. it was a labor of love on both ends :) This was the first set of full back wings Ive done. always hated the way most artists do them. ive never seen realistic ones done on this scale and I was SUPER stoked to do them.

  3. AMAZING it is soooo beautiful I love it I know 6 hours is a long time but look at how worth it it is to the both of you

  4. Ok enough is enough. I live close to Star City tattoo. It’s time I went and got something.

  5. So gorgeous. I’ve always wanted wings, but I don’t know if I’ll ever have the balls for such a big piece. If I do, I think I’ll visit Jackie Rabbit!

  6. lol… Yes Monkey it was. We like to get shit done. A lot of clients come to me for large pieces because I can get them done quickly and therefore at a good price without sacrificing quality. Helps when you dont dick around like some artists do ;p

  7. I’ve got probably, 15 hours worth of work and if you combined it all it wouldn’t be half the coverage… I’m thinking though, at 6ft tall maybe my torso would just be much much bigger than maybe a slighter girl’s? My fiancee has a beautiful beautiful, full colour floral piece, probably the size of just one wing, it’s been like 9 hours so far, she has been less of a champ, but if it was done in 6 hours then that’s phenomenal.

  8. Guess it would stick in your craw even more if you knew I only charged her $500 hahahahaha

  9. Absolutely awesome job! I can’t even comment on the cost, it’s insane, especially for OKC, but what I really like is the detail and shading in the wings.

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