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Tattoo Collection by Andrew Weier

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Apr 25, 2010
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Apr 24, 2010
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Sarah VanTassel's mother knew from an early age that she would one day end up tattooed.

"Even when I was very young I was obsessed with drawing on my skin." she said.

At age 23, Sarah has lived up to her mother's predictions and now has 13 tattoos.

At age 18, Sarah got her first tattoo -- cherries on her hip -- a matching "best friends" tattoo with her friend Renee.

While some, such as the pirate ship on her side (which she says was by far the most painful) do not have any special meaning, others have a very special story to tell.

Sarah finds inspiration for her tattoos in places such as her family, or books.

For example, the two small stars on Sarah's left arm represent two babies that her mother lost while Sarah was in high school.

"It was very hard on her, but the one thing that kept her going was her belief that these two children of hers that she never got to hold were in the hands of God. I got the stars to represent that hope that they are safe, and with the heavens." Sarah said.

The flowering branch on her right arms has nine open flowers, which represent her nine brothers and sisters. Sarah wants to eventually get two nightingales tattooed near the tree to represent her parents.

This artwork behind this tattoo was inspired by the Hans Christian Anderson book "The Nightingale".

Another tattoo, the quote "Why Should Our Hearts Not Dance?" which is across Sarah's chest is taken from the 1956 C.S. Lewis novel "Till We Have Faces" which is Sarah's favorite book.

" That tattoo is a testament of my faith and how i desire to live and view life." she said.

Across her knuckles are the words "Warm Hart", which have been with Sarah since childhood.

"When I was little and cold, my mom would take my hands and tell me, 'You know cold hands means a warm heart.'" said Sarah.

The colorful gypsy girl on Sarah's neck is her favorite tattoo, and was done by tattoo artist Jesse Buman. Sarah described that tattooing process as "extremely painful".

The other gypsy, on Sarah's left arm, along with the skull and rose are part of a sleeve-in-process by local tattoo artist Michael Patrick.

"I just really like his work and I think his color work is beautiful. I want him to do my entire arm." said Sarah.

Sarah has no plans to stop getting tattoos in the near future.

"The pirate ship still has about three hours of work left." she said.

As an artist who works in photography, Sarah's tattoos are just one more way for her to express herself.


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GigaPan Stitcher version 0.4.3864 (Windows)
Panorama size: 922 megapixels (47393 x 19467 pixels)
Input images: 120 (15 columns by 8 rows)
Field of view: 149.6 degrees wide by 61.5 degrees high (top=22.5, bottom=-39.0)
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All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon PowerShot G10
Image size: 4416x3312 (14.6 megapixels)
Capture time: 2010-04-24 11:17:31 - 2010-04-24 11:36:35
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure time: 0.01 - 0.125
ISO: 200 - 400
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 142.3 mm
Digital zoom: off
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 30.3 to 44.3 percent
Vertical overlap: 28.5 to 31.6 percent
Computer stats: 1014.83 MB RAM, 2 CPUs
Total time 5:23:23 (2:41 per picture)
Alignment: 10:07, Projection: 22:41, Blending: 4:50:33

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