This is my left thigh if you're wondering. Above the knee. :-)
I know it looks like one tattoo, but there are actually 3 done at 3 different times. My first one was the lizard inside the circle. I went to Ohio to get that one done, because tattooing was illegal around here at the time.
I love reptiles and have owned many different types of reptiles: mostly lizards, but a few snakes. I even had a pet tarantula and scorpion (I know they're not reptiles, but they are unusual pets!).
I know, artistically, this is not the best tattoo, but it has become a part of me over the years. I had it done when I was 21. I went back to the same shop in Ohio a few months later and had the rose done.
The idea for this would be that the stem of the rose would appear to go behind the circle and come out below the circle with thorns and a couple of blood drops.
I had that for a while and I got tired of people asking what the bottom part was (the end stem of the rose with the blood drops).
A year or two later, there was a tattoo convention in Pittsburgh. I gathered up a few friends and made a hotel reservation.
That's when I had the tribal work done (the black work) to cover the former tattoo of the end of the rose stem.
And now, I no longer have to explain that little bit to people.
I would like one more tattoo - preferably something on my upper right arm. We'll see. I'm still thinking about it.