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The Tattoo Files – Sarah from The Laughing Medusa

April 29, 2015

In this edition of The Tattoo Files we get to meet Sarah Lambert, a fellow blogger who I have had the chance of meeting in the last year. She blogs over at The Laughing Medusa, covering a variety of topics, that span between London life as an expat, personal style (which is adorable, by the way), and motivational texts, to help you discover your perfect life.

We finally met at some blogger event, after following each other on Twitter for a while and immediately I realised that Sarah was not only super nice, but also had an impressive tattoo collection. She is after all, a girl after my own heart, with her colourful hair, tattoos and quirky style, so immediately I wanted to feature her on The Tattoo Files. After all this time I finally got her to answer some questions about her body art, which I hope you enjoy!

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The Tattoo Files – Meet the Carvas Family

February 24, 2015

I’ve known Joao for many years, we were friends back in Portugal. He now lives in Kent with his family and a visit was long overdue. It was his idea to do a tattooed family blog post and what a great idea that was!

I hopped on the train from London and spent a lovely weekend with the Carvas family, taking photos, eating, drinking and generally being merry. We did a short interview as well on their tattoos, and I think we did a good job. I hope you enjoy it!

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Tattoo regret – what would you do?

February 20, 2015

As some of you might know, I am a tattoo fan and have several myself. I generally don’t mind them, in as much that I have a couple that I have that I maybe wouldn’t get today but not to the point of hating them. There is one that I’ve done myself, when I was learning how to tattoo that is probably the worst that I’ve got. At least I’ve only got myself to blame, right?

I’ve thought a few times about doing a cover up – or at least integrating it into something else but the reality is that I haven’t come up with any brilliant idea for it in the last few years.

I have several friends and acquaintances that have tattoos, so I did a bit of asking around, was there any regret and would anyone consider laser tattoo removal?

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The Tattoo Files – Fabio Lopes

January 11, 2015

Meet my friend Fabio Lopes, who has accepted to star in another edition of Tattoo Files. Fabio has been my friend for many many years, we met via Livejournal back in the day in Lisbon and destiny had us reunite again in London.

It’s been a while since I last did a post on this theme but hopefully this won’t be the last. (Anyone London based who would like to be next just holler!).

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Tattoos and permanence.

October 18, 2014


Everyone knows I am a tattoo adept – all you have to do to know this is to look at any photo of myself that’s been taken in the Summer. I have started adding tattoos to my body when I was around 21 or 22. I don’t remember clearly anymore. I started with a small triskel shape on my right shoulder, followed by a Celtic shield on my lower back, then followed by a solar symbol on my left shoulder, followed by… (Did you notice the pagan undertones? Yep.)

At first I started with tattoos that could be easily covered – unless I was wearing spaghetti straps, no one would know I had tattoos on my shoulders and back, right? Then, I started adding some more here and there, slowly becoming more confident about their visibility. This culminated this year when I added a small heart to the index finger on my left hand. It can’t get any more visible than that. This was somewhat impulsive – I had been toying with the idea a bit abstractly for a while and then one day I woke up in the morning, determined to have it done. And I did. I just rang a local studio and a couple of hours later I had the tattoo done.

Tattooing your hands is a big decision. Unless you are prepared to walk around wearing gloves every day, there is no way you can hide them. At least not in the same way you can hide a sleeve or something on your legs – thank you 80 denier tights, you’re amazing tattoo concealers!

So, did it make a big impact on my life? I have to say it didn’t. But then, it’s only a little heart. Just the outline. Tiny, tiny. You’d never think it was a freckle but still light enough to be somewhat unnoticeable. Luckily I work for a company that’s quite relaxed and in a somewhat creative area, meaning that some eccentricities can be forgiven. This seems to be a new trend in the business world, as you can see in this insightful article by Forbes, and this is great as tattoos are not an indication of lack of intelligence or ability to do your job right.

What if you add a bunch more tattoos to your fingers? What happens then? I noticed that last Summer, after I added the big crying blue lady to my leg, I did get a few stares, even in London. I got the opportunity to try out some temporary tattoos by TTT, The Temporary Tattoo Store, so I thought it would be interesting to do this experiment. I wore them when I was on holiday for a weekend in Mallorca and to be frank, I don’t think anyone noticed.


Anyway, if you are a commitment-phobe or if the permanence of tattoos scares you and is stopping you from adorning yourself, temporary tattoos are a good option. TTT, The Temporary Tattoo Store has a few options ready made, that all you have to do is order but you can also make your own design. The latter option could even be used to try on some design you aren’t too sure about tattooing permanently! They are easy to apply, all you need is a pair of scissors, to cut out the printed paper, a damp cloth and grease free skin. They last for a couple of days, even after washing my hands a couple of times.