Inked

I’ve always toyed with the idea of getting a tattoo since the hardest part is deciding what to get inked on my body.  It’s difficult to find an image or symbol that can represent my passions, regardless of whether those dreams are long term.  Tattoos are reminders of the energy and focus I had or currently have towards goals/dreams/moments and that in turn, embraces the value of life and how I choose to live mine.

The interesting thing is, about six months ago I suddenly felt such a strong determination to get a tattoo of some sort by the end of the year.  That feeling lasted a grand total of 48 hours.  But in that time span, I was able to really narrow it down to which motifs I would have chosen, if I were to get inked at all.  It came down to the two dreams that tugged the most at my heart.  I decided that I wanted a minimal line-based Manhattan skyline and a pair of knitting needles (ball of yarn optional).

While I still fluctuate about placing permanent art on my body, here are a few tattoos of inspiration and sources of major tat envy!

Love the tiny heart at the end!


Unexpected and awesome placement


Great detail and shading


Nice graphic quality – bold, yet simple


Playing with typography

I always love hearing tattoo stories, so please share yours (if you have any) below!  Or if you fluctuate on whether to get inked or not, and why?

And…just for laughs, here’s an interesting article where tattoo artists are asked about which are the “worst popular tattoos” they’re sick of doing.

I would love to hear about any readers’ tattoo stories!

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Carol Milne

When describing the tactile elements of knits, words evoking softness, drape, and coziness come to mind.Β  Artist Carol Milne has created works that have us re-considering that notion of knitting.Β  Her pieces showcase knitting, but with glass as the medium.

Milne has come up with a revolutionary method of glass-making to create the base sculpture.

She then painstakingly chips away at the piece to create the final artwork.Β  Therefore, all the yarn loops and textures have been sculpted by hand afterwards.

View more of Carol Milne’s works at her gallery site.

Phat Knits

I love a cozy chunky knit sweater, and they seem like a trend that is here to stay.Β  Thicker yarns create much texture and dimension, but Rotterdam-based artist Bauke Knottnerus has taken it to another level.

The threads are knit together using large scale needles operated by two people.

These works are often in cartoon-like proportions and set up in interior spaces.

More of Knottnerus’ work can be seen on his official site.