New tattoo! And it’s a big one.

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.


  1. 19 March 2015

    All I can say is ‘WOW!’.

    This is one of the best tattoos I have ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot being friends with the type of people I’m friends with.

  2. 20 March 2015

    It’s so gorgeous! I love it! Wow! The colors are just… amazing. And I love happy witches, too. :)

  3. 20 March 2015

    It looks so awesome!

  4. 20 March 2015

    Oh wow that is impressive! Very talented inker I’d say!

  5. 20 March 2015

    She’s beautiful! The design, the colors, the details… Wow! The cat and bats are so adorable, and the carrot is a fun detail :D You definitely picked the right artist!

    • Karin
      20 March 2015

      Thank you! ^^
      The carrot is actually Ed’s signature. Instead of signing with his name like you do on a painting, he makes a little carrot with crossbones somewhere. With the client’s permission of course.

  6. 20 March 2015

    Wow that looks great! I can’t imagine ever being game enough to get a whole sleeve but I do love looking at other peoples.

    Your witch reminds me a bit of the Dark Magician Girl from YuGiOh :P

  7. 20 March 2015

    Oh my, that is beautiful! I have been waiting for you to ink yourself more, lol. I think it is perfect! I love it!

  8. 20 March 2015

    I have to say that my favourite thing in that tattoo is that adorable little bat. :D :D :D So cute! The whole thing looks gorgeous!

    • Karin
      20 March 2015

      The bats are my favourite parts too! :) The little one down by the wrist really is adorable, it’s unfortunate you can’t really see it in these photos. I’ll probably post some better pics when it’s healed though.

  9. 21 March 2015

    It looks absolutely amazing! :D I would be so happy with it as well! :D

    I have wanted a tattoo for a while, but I am kind of scared about if the person doing it would mess it up or not. xD

    I think you need to have one of your own designs done too. Even if it was a small one. But, I guess when you have your own design it’s hard, because you can so easily find fault with it. I don’t think I could ever have my own design as a tattoo. xD

  10. 22 March 2015

    WOW – I love it! It’s huge! And the colors look so good together. Pure art, amazing!
    I got my tattoo 15 years ago and every now and again I’ll draw another tribal or whatever and think of a place on me to get it inked. Until now I stayed strong and only have one but who knows. It’s like with piercings, once you start you always want more :D

  11. 24 March 2015

    wow! It’s so beautiful and colourful! I’m in awe. It must have been painful, at least a little! Yikes. Totally worth it though. Congrats :)

  12. 25 March 2015

    Wow, I love your tattoo! It’s beautiful, and I love how colorful it is. I feel like a lot of witch drawings are in black clothing, and I really like how she’s wearing green and has red hair :D You picked a talented artist!

  13. 26 March 2015

    Tattoos are very addicting. I have three myself. However, the last one was done by a mutual friend. Yet, he didn’t have time to finish it and go back over it. So, it’s been that way ever since. It’s a bat tattoo with a J in the middle. This was a surprise from a friend of mine, but at the time of getting it I had lost my voice, and was unable to say or draw what I wanted. So I just squeaked out “bat”. lol. Ah well, I’m still deciding on whether or not what to do with it. It looks good, but looks like someone drew it with a sharpie. Ah well. Your tattoo looks amazing!!! Is he going to color the bat and the pumpkin?

  14. 26 March 2015

    Wow, your sleeve is STUNNING! I just got my first tattoo two weeks ago (an tiny anchor on my wrist) and I already have an appointment on Monday for my second. They are addicting! I would love to get an entire sleeve one day :)

  15. 27 March 2015

    It does remind me a lot of your own art style, but it was nice the tattoo artist could use his own unique style in the design. :) Congrats.

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