It only seemed fitting that my wife Melanie, who loves jacarandas, feature them in her next tattoo, and this was the end result:
Here's a closer look:
Melanie elaborated a little more on what inspired her to fill her arm with jacarandas:
"First of all, I love purple. And when I got the purple flower tattooed on my ankle, I realized purple looks really good on my skin.
Also, they remind me of our time in California where we met, the college campus where I met my husband, and so many of my friends, and Pasadena, the only place I really liked living in California.
It was on my list, there were two or three other ideas I really wanted. I knew I wanted this one.
Since I've gotten this, talking to people who were familiar with jacarandas from South Africa, which we only discovered was a place they grew while researching them. This makes me want to go there and visit."One of the sources for inspiration was this street in Pasadena, Del Mar Boulevard:
This lovely tattoo was done by the incomparable Alex McWatt (@alexthreekings) at Three Kings Tattoo (@threekingstattoo) in Manhattan.
He met with Melanie to discuss the concept and just ran with it, turning this:
into the explosion of purple on Melanie's arm, with the finest attention to details:
Thanks to Alex at Three Kings for another great tattoo, and to Melanie for sharing her jacarandas with us here on Tattoosday!
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