I have wanted a Tattoo sleeve for as long as I can remember, however, I know it is a bold and major move. Although I have many other tattoos, they can be covered and aren’t as noticeable as a full sleeve. I wanted to wait until I was in a company where I saw my career developing for the foreseeable future, know exactly what I wanted on my skin and too wait until I was in my late twenties, see if I was just as passionate about it and if I was…I would do it.
As you know I am DISNEY obsessed, it is so nostalgic, reminds me of my wonderful childhood and instantly makes me happy – I wanted my sleeve to be full of Disney magic, the princesses I love and a constant reminder to be happy.
I spent ages finding the right person to do it and one day I stumbled across Toni Gwilliam on Instagram and I couldn’t believe how beautiful and girly her Disney tattoos were and I knew she was the one to do my sleeve.
Toni is based in Worcester which is around 2 hours from me but what is two hours for something that will be on your body for a lifetime?
I think the problem people have with tattoos and why the end up regretting them is this… they don’t go to the right tattooist.
People tend to go to their local tattooist who may not specialise in the specific tattoo design you want. Tattooist’s are artists and each of them specialise in different kinds of tattooing, just as a painter does, watercolour, fine art, surrealism etc. So if you want a traditional tattoo, find someone who specialises in that and if you want a portrait, then again, find someone. That is the beauty of Social Media, use it and don’t just go to your local tattoo shop because it is convenient.
I mean you wouldn’t go to an Indian Restaurant hoping to get Chicken Chow Mein would you?
Toni is amazing at her craft, her work has been published and she was recently nominated for ‘Best Newcomer‘ at the Tattoo Jam Convention. I feel very lucky to have her work on my skin.
We decided Belle would be the first entry to my sleeve, with my appointment in October to finish her rose and add Aerial…
This is her…
I cannot tell you happy I am with her, she is just stunning and I cannot wait to see all the princesses together.
Thank-you Toni and I can’t wait to see you in October