Dock Ellis 7:42 p.m., Jan. 21
I'm 32, disabled, and I currently live in Oceanside. My tattoo is actually two separate pieces. The female lion and last name were done 14 years ago at Absolute Tattoo in Kearny Mesa, and the orchid was done by Brent French in Encinitas (he originally did tattoos in long beach for Sublime). The reason I chose these pieces is because my father abandoned us when I was a baby. I still kept his last name and put the abandonment behind me, literally, by putting his last name on my back, and the female lion is a symbol of protection. The orchid is my favorite flower, but I also wanted to add more femininity to recognize the women in my life. All in all, it symbolizes strength, forgiveness, and femininity.
June 24, 2015