|Blood, ink and clingfilm - not my usual accessories.|
The lady who did my other tattoos (a bat on my left shoulder and a Lost Souls quote on my wrists) has moved out of the area, to the best of my knowledge, so I was excited to have found a local artist whose style I like. Not that this was a particularly challenging design, as you can see - I'm just a massive fusspot, and also incredibly anxious and awkward, so I like finding people I can get on with. This new piece was done by a lovely chap called Alex at Inkwell Studios, who is the youngest guy I have ever met to own his own tattoo studio, and an incredibly talented artist.
It's a quote from Neil Gaiman's poem Instructions. Or, more accurately, it's a compilation of my favourite lines from the poem. It's a combination of fairytale themes and good advice, and I couldn't be happier with it.
"Trust the wolves, but do not tell them where you are going. Remember: that giants sleep too soundly; that witches are betrayed by their appetites; that dragons have one soft spot, somewhere, always. Trust ghosts. Trust dreams. Trust your heart and trust your story."