I met Delphine last week and she shared two of her tattoos with me. First is this piece:
For those of you who do not recognize this image, it is a common piece of ceramic sculpture popular in Japanese culture called the "Maneki Neko," or Lucky Cat. It is a good luck charm, and is often seen in Asian-owned stores as a totem of good fortune. Delphine explained further that this was her most recent piece and that "I have always loved the Japanese Lucky Cat. I felt that this would be a great time to get it (due to the economy - cat has a prosperity in Kanji) and as a tribute to the Japanese that were affected by the Tsunami)."
She credited her Lucky Cat to artists Megan Wilson at Picture Machine Tattoo in San Francisco.
On her other forearm is this tattoo:
This tattoo is attributed to Anthony Gonzalez at Lucky Stars Tattoo in San Jose, California. Delphine explains, "My father and I are Marine Vets. I saw this Sailor Jerry piece and loved it to honor my father and me. On the original piece it says 'Never Again'. I updated this to 'Never Forget' - the 'forget' is done in red to look like spray paint."
Thanks to Delphine for sharing these two tattoos with us here on Tattoosday!