Last year, i was doodling around in my journal. I can’t really draw well, but i have a tendency to make spiraling patterns when i thinking…it’s kind of meditative for me. This particular day, my doodles actually began to take on a recognizable form…
This happened right around the time i started sort of coming into my own, creatively. When the idea of putting myself and my art and crafts “out there” into the world, and Pandora’s Button Box was just beginning to gestate inside me.
I loved the bird! It seemed so perfect for everything that was growing in my life. All my friends liked it too, and my hub came up with the idea of adding a button to the center of the wing, adding even more “Amanda Button-ness” to it.
I decided it was just the thing to symbolize the new phase my life was entering, and so i turned it over to my best pals, Beau, Charlie and Eric. They photoshopped and tweaked and made it even more perfect. I had it printed on my business cards and we put it on my blog. The swirly bird has become almost like my own personal veve, symbolic of my creative growth and all the things that have come from it. It’s very important to me for so many reasons, not least of which is that all my closest friends had a hand in the evolution of the image. It’s come a long way, baby.
I have been wanting to have it tattooed for a while. But it was only recently that i finally settled on just how i wanted it to be. Around that same time, i passed The Purple Lotus totally by chance while out shopping with lovely Michele….i was instantly drawn to it, just from seeing the outside of the building, a pretty little house painted with vibrant purple accents and a gorgeous front porch with pretty pots and plants and statues set out all around. I vowed to check it out.
Not long after, my dear freind Jennifer had some work done there, and it is beautiful…i knew that had to be the right place for me.
Almost immediately after that, i found out that i had to have a hysterectomy. Everything went to hell in a handbasket. Ya’ll know ALL about THAT festive stuff from the mass quantities of whiny posts i made, right? So i made it through the surgery, and i am working on the recovery part now…and with that has come this HUGE desire to make changes and grow and FOCUS more on things that are important to me. signing up for sewing class was one leap….the next leap was getting my tattoo. I really felt that the time was right for it, while i am feeling such longing for new things in my life…what better way to honor all i have been through and what lies head than to have it permanently marked!
I love it…i love how it evolved from a simple doodle into this incredible piece of art that i get to wear forever. And The Purple Lotus is just immaculate….i looks like a temple inside!
To my vast annoyance, most of the pictures i took of the inside did not come out. But imagine Asian parasols hanging from the ceilings with paper cranes flying all around, beautiful art everywhere,and the most wonderful calm vibe. It is nothing like any other tattoo studio i have ever seen….it’s all about beauty!
I felt completely serene and at ease. Still, i was a tiny bit nervous…so i wore my Joan of Arc necklace that Bethany made. I had to take it off while Shavon did the tattoo, but i held it the whole time!
Shavon is truly talented! After she did the outline of the birds, she asked if she could embellish it. Of course i said yes! What started out as a simple, straightforward idea i had of the birds facing across my shoulder become something more beautiful than i ever imagined. Everything except the outline of the birds she did totally free-hand!!! I don’t think i could be any happier with the outcome, and it seems right that the Pandora Birds have evolved yet again into something new.
We took a ton of pictures, too many to post here! If you want to see the whole adventure, have a look here.
If you are thinking of getting a tattoo, and live in the area, you DEFINITELY ought to get it at Purple Lotus. I just can’t say enough good things about my experience. I will most CERTAINLY be getting more work done there. I can’t think of a more perfect place to have gotten my dream-wings made into a reality!