Mums Tattoo


Well, I finally did it. After over 12 years of talking about it I finally got my tattoo. Paulo worked on it for 2 hours. It did hurt – alot. He would still like to do some more colour. But, this is the one I have been imagining all those years. It is the tree of life with a wild vine wrapping around and from it. I am Sooooo happy.

I guess I never thought it was the right time because a tough guy stranger etching a permanent mark on me that represented my spiritual journey was just not the image I had. But, when I met Paulo I knew I trusted him and I respect him and his own spiritual journey. Just seemed the right time and the right person to do it. I have been talking to Paulo about doing it since May. I have found out that Paulo is not just a great person but one of the best tattoo artists in Portugal. He has been doing tattoos for over 20 years. He said that when he first wanted to do tattoos you couldnt buy a tattoo machine so he made his own out of a blow dryer.

He did many sketches in November before finding one that we both liked after about a month of efforts. It is a different sort of thing combining a tree and a vine I guess. So, I went into Spider Tattoos in Olhao today with Paulo and Serge and have come back with “ink”. Andrew and Sam are kinda jealous I think. I am so pleased. Paulo said it might not seem like my arm, at first, when I see it in the mirror, but actually, I recognize it. It has been in my imagination for so long and is perfect. I love it.


  • lisafaraway on January 24, 2010

    I can totally understand why you would trust Paulo. That’s great. Congrats!

  • lisafaraway on January 24, 2010

    I can totally understand why you would trust Paulo. That’s wonderful. Congrats!

  • whitney on January 22, 2010

    You look like a kid in this pic!!!! Sweet tattoo!!!

  • Maureen Hurst on January 18, 2010

    Great tat, Debbie!! And I LOVE this pic of you and Paulo… he looks so enthusiastic and you look like a school girl. SO glad for you! YOU DID IT!!
    Happy travels…

  • Melanie on January 16, 2010

    Love it Debbie – you’re a brave lady – and an inspiration! Best wishes as you continue your journey with your family. God bless.

  • Cathryn Thomas on January 16, 2010

    Ok Debbie, that just rocks- i’ve been considering one on my forearm…… and now might actually do it!
    Praying for you guys… Mucho Texas sized love from Austin!
    xo cat