My Pomegranate Tattoo, Step-by-Step

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Recently I took a trip to beautiful Portland, OR to visit my dear friend Alice and her family. Our kids all played and husbands rode bikes and beards were seen and local craft microbrews were drank. Alice’s husband Lewie is a world class tattoo artist at Atlas Tattoo in Portland. He gave me my Scarlet tattoo a few years back. I knew I wanted another while I was in town. I decided on a pomegranate because we had a pomegranate tree at the house I grew up in, before my parent’s got divorced when I was very young. With my recent life upheaval, finding out I was adopted, memorializing these memories of that house with a tattoo felt right to me. Also, the pomegranate is a symbol of prosperity and ambition, and I think they are beautiful. I realize tattoos aren’t for everyone, but if you are curious about the process, I took pictures along the way and you can see how I got my pomegranate tattoo after the jump…

First, I looked through a bunch of books. I found a pomegranate I liked in a book about Japanese matchbooks. Lewie drew his own version.
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I wanted it to be a little more girls and beautiful, so he consulted some pictures and added pomegranate flowers and leaves. I loved it, and got Jacinda’s text approval before proceeding of course.
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Lewie transferred the design onto my leg, and we moved it around a few times until I liked the placement. Also, tattoos hide cellulite. Just FYI. He started by outlining it black.
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Then he did some shading in black as well.
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Here it is, shaded. Yes, it hurts, but this was much less painful then I imagined. Maybe my thighs have enough padding to make it less uncomfortable then previous tattoos on my ribcage 🙂
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Next, Lewie added green to the leaves. I loved it! And I needed a break for a few. It had been about 1.5 hours of tattooing at this point.
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Next he mixed several colors to get just the right shade for a pomegranate. It’s a tough color, a little red, a little purple, a little orange. The flowers are more orange then the fruit itself.
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Next up was the final touches of color on the flowers and seeds. This is fresh from being tattooed so some of the red flecks are actually blood. At this point I was tapped out from the pain, so we didn’t add any white to the highlights, but I think I prefer it that way.
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And that’s my new pomegranate tattoo. I am so happy with it.
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4 Comments

Audrey G

I love it! Thank you for sharing. I have six. They all mean something and I was past 40 when I started. You are right, they’re not for everybody but they are right for us.

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Nakia

I think it looks great! The colors really pop. I have two tattoos – an ankh + tribal combo on my lower stomach and a lotus flower on my back. The ankh, I hardly ever think about anymore – its not the same after multiple pregnancies. The lotus, I’ve been thinking of adding on maybe a vine and a couple more blossoms for a total of three to represent all of my kiddos.

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Erin

Beautiful! I have 3 tattoos. A butterfly I got on my foot when I was 18 and moved away to college. I have a very simple line drawing of an ankh that circles around my wrist and reconnects at the top of the ankh that I got after my first miscarriage to symbolize the circle of life. I also have a 5 petaled Rose in between my shoulder blades to symbolize the 5 phases of a woman’s life. My best frien and I each got one after I got married and before she moved away with her partner. I have plans for a peony in memory of my grandmother (not sure where I’m going to put it yet though) and a family garden on my back with the birth month flowers of my husband, me and my kids along with 3 cherry blossoms to symbolize the ones we lost. Both of those tattoos may have to wait though. Repairs to our home kind of trump new tattoos unfortunately!

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