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Four years ago, I┬áhad the good fortune of photographing this lovely lady. She’s no longer living in Colorado, but when she was in town recently, we were able to schedule another shoot. Here are the results. Enjoy!

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melanie martinez

Had a little fun with burst mode on the iPhone. Still photos (also iPhone) HERE.

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peaker boo

I’ve had a lot going on recently and haven’t made much time for photography. But I’m super-excited to finally share these images of the lovely Peaker Boo — entry #14 in my Rocky Mountain Tattoos project. I hope you love them!

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About Peaker’s Tattoos

Sun/ Moon on ankle – This was my first tattoo, I was barely 18. I just picked flash off the wall at some random shop. It has always made me smile though. The happy sun and grumpy moon are me (sun) and my sister (moon).

Dragonfly/ Flower on foot – 2004 by Jim Anderson @ Bound By Design Denver, CO. I wanted a tattoo I could see all the time but had to be careful with placement because of my career. I LOVE this one!! I love everything dragonfly and butterfly and do a lot of gardening. I will be getting my other foot done at some point, but it might have to wait until after derby because the first one really took a while to fully heal – I spent a while not wearing shoes! I can’t imagine putting a skate on over a fresh tattoo.

Butterfly Faeries on my back – 2008 Ink by Jim Anderson @ Bound By Design Denver, CO – Artwork by Chana Peaker (modified for tattoo by Jim Anderson). This design was drawn by my daughter, Chana when she was in middle school. She is currently in college for animation and kicking ass! I’ll let you know when her first animated movie comes out :) Needless to say, I am proud of her and wanted a piece of her art before she got too busy off in her world of art.

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The parade of awesome tattoos continues with the lovely Piper. Enjoy!

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About Piper’s Tattoos

The collage on my upper back started with the Breast Cancer pink ribbon and flowers I first had done when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Every year or so I get a few more flowers added when her tests come up clear. Its been 5 years. The next piece was the Piper originally sketched by my derby wife Suri Brawl. The 3 pyramids of Giza symbolize the trilogy of my family (mom, dad, brother) and the eye of Ra (mirror image to the eye of horus) is placed in the middle — feminine counterpart to the sun god Ra and a violent force that subdues her enemies. Like Wild Bill Hickok I like having an eye watching my back. Another asp wraps around my arm like Egyptian women adorned themselves with jewelry and my son’s names written in Arabic — along with a phrase meaning “Live with Courage” written below them.

rocky

Like yesterday’s lovely model, Rocky is a former junior skater who successfully made the challenging transition to “adult” derby. We’ll soon be missing her as she’s planning an exciting adventure across the pond!

Enjoy…

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Side note: about a year and a half ago, I had the good fortune of taking Rocky’s senior pictures.

 
 
About Rocky’s Tattoos
The thigh piece was done by the local artist Andy Canino and the orchids were done by Paco Rollins.

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I’m sure we all know someone who got a very simple tattoo when they turned 18. Not Sinn Drella!

I hope you enjoy these photos of this lovely young woman and her amazing tattoos. Can’t wait to see you back out on the track, Sinn!

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About Sinn’s Tattoos
My back piece was done last November by David Digby at Sol Tribe and was my first tattoo. It’s supposed to have a similarity of a Ouija board. I really love what Ouija boards are and what they are supposed to do, connect with the spiritual world. My arm was started in June by Missy Rhysing at Ritual Tattoo and is still a work in progress. I got it right after I broke my ankle, so in a way it can symbolize that moment in life. But it was originally meant as a piece for my mom even though she doesn’t care a whole ton ha.

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Here’s something a little different…

Back when we did this shoot (more here), I also took three Polaroids. I finally got around to scanning them.

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whack

She may have left roller derby recently, but the fact that she left derby for rugby shows she’s one tough cookie. I hope you enjoy these images of our beloved Whack.

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About Whack’s Tattoos
I started getting tattoos when I was 16 years old. My first tattoo was my name in Chinese characters on my ankle. It’s since been covered up with a feather that fades into a flock of birds in honor of the phrase “birds of a feather flock together.” My older sister has the same tattoo and we both got the tattoo after our brother’s passing in 2011. We plan to get scripture added to them at a later time. Another one of my most significant tattoos is a pin up of my mom down my right side. My mom means the world to me so I wanted to make a grand gesture to show her what she means to me and while she’s not the hugest fan of tattoos she’s always been supportive in my decision to put them on my body; all in all she was flattered by the gesture. I also have my zodiac sign, Libra, tattooed on my ankle. Some of my less significant tattoos include: cherries on my big toes, stars on top of my feet, a playboy bunny on my ankle, a black panther on my lower back, fairy wings on my upper back, a chest piece that includes a pair of sparrows and a modern take on a sugar skull, a lotus flower and butterflies on my stomach, Hello Kitty as Jason Voorhees (my first tattoo I got done on Friday the 13th) and a pair of lips with a skull in them on my upper pelvis, a flower on the back of my neck, a flaming heart on the small of my back, a mustache on the inside of my index finger, stars around both of my wrists, and the words “Let it be” on one of my wrists (inspired by the Beatles). Though many of my tattoos have no direct symbolic significance to me they are a part of who I am as an individual and I appreciate every last one for that reason. Most of my tattoos were done by a variety of artists at Lifetime Tattoo in Denver or by independent artists who have no ties to one particular shop.

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She’s “purdy”. She’s vicious. She’s Purdy Vicious!

Hope you enjoy these images of this wonderful woman…

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About Purdy’s Tattoos
Back of neck is a design a friend drew for me when I was 21 and represents who I am.

The stomach: The pig came first, but it looked silly sitting there in empty space so I added the grass and flower. Then, I got the sun a few years later. It has a PH in the center and is the initials of my daughter’s last name.

Finally, the tree of life on my thigh. This is a family tattoo – my daughter and husband both have the same tattoo, but in different locations. Our daughter has wanted to be a research biologist since she was 4 and so we all came up with the tree with the double helix trunk.

gazella galore – the reveal

I shared some PG-rated (more or less) photos of this lovely burlesque performer in this morning’s post. Definitely be sure to check them out as well!

Enjoy…

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See more of Gazella Galore RIGHT HERE.

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