As some of you might remember, I got a tiny Smaug tattooed on my right arm about 1½ years ago. I was then warned that tattoos can be addictive and it was likely I would want more. Well, I’ve always loved tattoos so that turned out to be very true in my case…

I have gotten more ink. Way more ink. In fact, I’ve gotten a whole damn sleeve. 😎

Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo

Yes, as of Tuesday (i.e. two days ago) that is my arm. Of course, it’s a witch. ❤

I’ve always had a passion for fantasy, mythology, folklore, and fairy tales – and in my opinion, there is no better representation for ALL those areas than the witch. I also happen to be madly in love with everything Halloween.

To me, the witch is a happy symbol, and Halloween is a happy holiday. They both represent something I love, and I wanted my tattoo to show that. It shouldn’t be dark and gloomy – I wanted it to be fun and colourful!

The actual inking was done by the talented Ed Perdomo, who specializes in cartoony colour tattoos. I saw his work on Instagram and immediately decided that he should be the one to do my witch.

Imaginary Karin - witch sleeve by Ed Perdomo

Ed has his own unique style and always design his tattoos from scratch. After giving him a rough idea what I wanted he presented me with this sketch. I didn’t hesitate for a second, she was just perfect! So very “me”!

If you look closely at the hair and the “halo” of skulls and pentagrams you can see that Ed is a fan of the artist Alphonse Mucha. I love Mucha’s work too and was pleased to see that Ed incorporated some of that style in this.
The carrot with crossbones is Ed’s signature. You can’t exactly sign your work with your name when you’re a tattoo artist, so Ed signs some of his pieces by incorporating that carrot/crossbones symbol. But only if the customer agrees of course. I thought it was cute and didn’t mind at all. :)

Below are the first session (November 2014) when we only did the outlines, and the second (December 2014) when we did about half of the colouring. Two days ago was the third and final session.

It was painful, and right now my arm is very swollen and sore, but it was so worth it! I couldn’t be happier!

Now I just have to figure out what to fill my right arm with… ;)

Witch sleeve tattoo by Ed Perdomo
Witch sleeve tattoo by Ed Perdomo

All photos taken by Ed Perdomo.