The most recent addition to my somewhat fall-themed right arm, these oak leaves and acorns were tattooed last weekend by Maria Vonn at Guts N’ Glory Ink in Rosendale, New York, just a short drive from my college town.
I’d stalked Guts N’ Glory for almost a year before ever setting foot in the studio. Airy and colorful, the studio is an awesome hodgepodge of personality, filled with antique mirrors, tattoo flash, and prints. I was instantly comfortable and welcomed…by the lovely ladies and gentlemen who work there, yes, but also by the shop pupper, Sagan. I’m a sucker for a tattoo shop with a doggo.
Right off the bat, I let Maria know when I scheduled the appointment that we’d be filling a gap on my arm. However, the gap was a difficult spot to photograph by myself. I gave Maria a rough idea of what it looked like/how big it was, but when it came time to put the stencil on day-of, Maria decided to go for a different approach.
She traced the gap and drew up a slightly different sketch, which was custom-fit the parameters of my lil’ ol gap. Amazing, right?
In no time, I was sporting new ink. I gave her very limited guidelines (I basically said, “Some acorns would be cool!”), and I’m super happy with where she went with the design. Maria is an apprentice, and I can tell she’s got a fabulous future ahead of her in tattooing. I love how she incorporated stippling into the design to coordinate with some of my other pieces.
To Maria: thank you so much! I’m so excited about my new piece, and I can’t wait to come back.