I rain into Tani on 5th avenue in Bay Ridge on Thursday. She has multiple tattoos, on her arms, peeking out from the edges of her shirt on her back, and many that were out of sight.
She offered up this piece on her left biceps, although she admitted her favorite tattoo is on her ribs. Understandably, that wasn't seeing sunlight on a crowded street.
Nonetheless, the one she shared was nice:
This piece was tattooed by Jennifer at Ink Masters on 3rd Avenue in Bay Ridge circa 1998.
Tani indicated that she is half-Chinese, and that the Asian aspects of the design appealed to her. The two main elements are the phoenix and the tree, which she identified as a Japanese Maple.
People with a lot of tattoos, I have discovered, either know exactly how many they have, or aren't sure, and have to try and figure it out. When I asked Tani the inevitable question, she did not hesitate. Fifteen in all.
"So," I asked, "are you getting any more?"
"No" she laughed, "I'm pretty much done."
Thanks to Tani for sharing her phoenix and maple with Tattoosday!