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Tattooed Martha

It’s just the perfect culmination of my ideas with his expressive colors, attention to detail, and knack for creating a piece to flow with the body. It’s a great example of what can happen when you just trust your artist to do what they do best. | | Photographer:  Lindsey Rickert Photography

When did you start getting tattooed?  What was your first tattoo?

I started getting tattooed when I was seventeen. Of course I had to do it illegally or it “wasn’t cool” and went with a pretty simple first timer tattoo, a quote on my right shoulder blade. It says “What doesn’t kill me, makes me stronger.” I still love it because it was my first one and helped me get through some tough times, but I’m sure it will get covered when we start a back piece.

We love the ink on left thigh.  Tell us more about the design and art work.  What was the inspiration behind it.

My husband, Joshua “Bacon” Erickson, is also my tattoo artist and this thigh piece is kind of our pride and joy. Over the course of a year and a half we put in about forty-five hours of work. The inspiration came from my passion for writing and literature. Starting from my knee there’s a quill and ink bottle next to a scroll containing a stanza from one of my favorite Edgar Allan Poe poems. The words and ink drift off the page and swirl up towards a three eyed raven which is my nerdy homage to the Game of Thrones book series. It’s just the perfect culmination of my ideas with his expressive colors, attention to detail, and knack for creating a piece to flow with the body. It’s a great example of what can happen when you just trust your artist to do what they do best.

Tell us a bit about  Name / origin?

Tattooed Martha is my creative lifestyle blog that I started three years ago. Tattooed Martha, obviously playing off of Martha Stewart, was just a nickname that sparked the idea for the blog. It hosts a variety of recipes, crafts, DIY projects, tattoo topics, artwork, and some personal writing.

What inspired you start blogging and sharing yummy recipes/ DIY projects?

I was working an emotionally draining corporate job and after being unexpectedly let go, I found myself quite lost in terms of what to do next. While searching for work again I made the decision to simple create something each day.. Crafts, cocktails, recipes, and of course a lot of messes! I started documenting them and finally launched my own site sharing step-by-step tutorials on what I was doing. It’s been a challenging, creative, and chaotic path so far and I can’t wait to see where it continues to grow!

When you are not blogging what can we find Tattooed Martha doing?

When I’m not working on the blog I’m out hiking, at the Oregon coast, adding to my tattoo collection, or just relaxing with friends.

Do you see any trends in the world of blogging. Changes in the social platform of writing and sharing online?

I see blogging becoming a more respected and recognized industry. I don’t think anyone realizes the amount of time, money, creativity, emotion, and hard work that goes into starting and maintaining a website or blog. It’s still a new industry so it’s always growing and evolving which makes it exciting and fresh each day.

Do you have any recent fun Northwest adventure you want to share with us..?  Upcoming expos or travels?

I’m always looking for new places to adventure to in the Pacific Northwest so on the list this summer is Lake Trillium, Crater Lake, the Alvord Desert, and Thor’s Well. As far as tattoo conventions go, we hope to make it to Hell City Phoenix again this August and of course the Portland show this October.

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