Seeking Baltimore Area Tattoo Artist

More than a year after the death of my friend and tattoo artist, Gypsy Jill, I find myself really looking for a new artist.  It’s taken me this long to come to grips with the idea of putting my body and my story in the hands of a new person. I’ve realized that I don’t know how interact with a disinterested pro.  Jill and I had a beautiful connection.  She expressed me so well, in her own visions, that my tattoos feel completely integrated into who I am, who I was, and who I want to be.  How does one begin a relationship, from a cold start, that will result in tattoos that do that? This post is going to be long and detailed on the subject of my tattoo history.  Even if not interested in reading the whole story, please consider commenting with names of good tattoo artists in the Baltimore Area.  Checking out my photos and story might help keep the referrals on topic, though, so here goes. Here is my collection so far: The first piece of work I got was the sun/eye on the back of my neck.  It is a symbol of meditation, centering, and cleansing of my mind and energies.  I can get very scattered and have a hard time moving forward down a single path, but a simple “brain flush” type of meditation can often get me moving again.  Problem is that leaves my tension in my neck, and this piece reminds me both to do the meditation and to take care of the spot it marks.  This is not Jill’s work, and it doesn’t show the shading and attention to detail that she is known for.  This was done at Slave to the Needle in Wallingford, Seattle, by an artist who is[…]

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