If you love kitschy art or even if you love tiki you should be familiar with this 1950s painting by Vladimir Tretchikoff "The Chinese Girl" or as we call her "The Green Girl". My picture below has her face in more blue tones but she is most definatly green.
I have always loved this painting but I have had zero luck finding this print second hand. Even though I have searched for it for years I have yet to find it at an estate sale or a thrift store. I could buy it off Ebay if I wanted to spend a chunk of change on it ($150-$350) but I am too cheap to do so.
So....I decided to do the next best thing.....
And get it tattooed to me! I am pretty heavily tattooed but from my knees to my waist I have none. Since I am so tall I have wanted to wait to find a large piece to cover a substantial area and finally decided to bite the bullet and get this done.
My tattoo artist Lefty is also someone that lived on the East Coast and relocated here as well. Although we are from the same part of Florida we weren't friends until we both lived out here. He is not only a super nice guy but an amazing artist..who also does amazing tattoos.
So this past Saturday I settled in for a LONG session...it ended up being 5 hours!!
If you have never had tattoos before the key to a great tattoo artist (in my opinion) is how much time they take layering the colors. Intricate patterns and tones should be built up and not just colored in willy nilly.
Here is her almost finished dress. It took 2.5 hours.
After hour 3 my thigh went numb -- thank goodness--because it took another 2 hours to finish her up.
Needless to say she turned out amazing !
Even though my thigh feels like its been through hell and back and sleeping the first two nights was highly uncomfortable I am super stoked with the end result and so very happy to finally "own" her.