3eb Ink: Falling Man
This week, I’m catching up with Kara Elkins. She was featured in November and, since then, she has added some new 3EBink.
Here’s a quick refresher of her previous ink...
BRITTNEY CHAMBERLAIN: I seriously love the new ink, and I love that you shared the experience with me via text prior to actually getting it! I was (im)patiently waiting for the final product once you told me your plans! What was your inspiration behind this tattoo?
KARA ELKINS: I have always wanted the band’s symbol as a tattoo. However, I had always chosen lyrics instead. My husband is a tattoo artist and came up with a brilliant way to capture exactly what I wanted. He knows that my 3eb tattoos mean everything to me and that I wouldn’t be happy with JUST their band logo. I also knew that I wanted to incorporate the falling man because I just love the image. It takes on several meanings for me.
I absolutely love taking photos and crafting with them. I’ve owned a Polaroid since before they were the “cool” new thing. Since my daughter has been born, I have captured every major moment, holiday, etc with Polaroid pictures.
I started going to shows way before you could take infinite pictures and view them immediately. I had to take disposable cameras and actually had to wait until the pictures were developed to see whether or not I got any great shots. I was also never allowed to take a Polaroid in to a show because of the flash. I always thought it would be so much fun to have Polaroid pictures of my favorite bands. It was only fitting that the falling man was placed inside of the Polaroid picture and that the picture was labeled with the band’s logo. This tattoo reminds me of printing out your favorite photos from a show. Every time I look at it, I feel as though I’m looking back at a great memory, which is exactly what any photo does for me. The flowers placed around the Polaroid match the style of tattoos that I already have, in order to tie it in to my existing tattoos.
BC: You struggled with placement for this one because you’re almost out of room. Where is the ink located and are you happy with where it ended up?
KE: Placement was a huge issue. I have numerous tattoos and don’t have many areas left that are bare or aren’t already being planned out. Two of my four 3eb tattoos were on my legs and I had one area that the tattoo would fit in on the back of my leg, so I thought what better place for it to go? My husband designed the tattoo to fit perfectly in that area. I wanted the tattoo to be visible to everyone because my love for this band isn’t something I hide.
BC: Your husband, what an artist! I think it’s AMAZING that he designed and executed your vision for your ink so perfectly. Tell me about him!
KE: My husband has been a tattoo artist for 8 years. He worked at two different shops and went through an apprenticeship before opening his own. He and I both opened our own businesses in the same year, so it has definitely been a rollercoaster to say the least. The shop he opened is Square Rose Tattoos and is located in Sullivan, Indiana. He has a true passion for art and his work speaks for itself. He specializes in traditional tattooing, but he is not limited to any one style.
Many couples don’t let their significant other tattoo them because of the possibility of them picking the tattoo apart and nagging about all of the details. However, there is no one I trust more than him to place permanent art on my body. Every piece that he works on is done with 100% commitment, whether it is a piece that he is interested in or not, because let’s face it, we don’t all enjoy the same things.