Sunday, July 10, 2016

Riding the Flamingo - Lacey Chooses Her Own Path (at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade)

I met Lacey at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade and her tattoo really jumped out at me. I was happy when she agreed to share her work with us here:

The bottom of the tattoo reads "We are made of Star Stuff," and the image is a stylized version of herself, riding her flamingo through outer space,

The quote is from Cosmos, and is an allusion to the fact that we are all products of The Big Bang, and that there is elements of the vast universe inside of each of us. It also represents, in Lacey's words, "being able to choose my own path."

The flamingo is also a nod to her home in Baltimore, especially the "kitschy" side of Baltimore. The Baltimore of John Waters.

The tattoo was created and inked by Andrea Vitale-Lathe at Have Fun Be Lucky Tattoo (@havefunbelucky). in Baltimore. Lacey said she "connected immediately" with Andrea and that this made getting tattooed by her all the more meaningful.

Thanks to Lacey for sharing this cool tattoo with us here on Tattoosday!

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