Inked Girls: Elena Russo
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Myself in a sentence: My life has been a struggle, however I have an incredible will to keep going with infinite strength, and this has brought me to the most authentically place of happiness.
Occupation: Business owner (Hair salon)
The design and themes of my tattoos: My tattoos are all a reflection of whats going on in my life...where Ive been, and where Im going. They, without doubt, represent a theme of strength.
More specifics about my tattoo: Id have to say, in general, that my tattoos are a reflection of who I am. I carry them with the upmost pride, and am always willing to share them with people. They are the journey of my life...and I look forward to continuing on collaborating with my artist to tell more stories of the path I continue to embark on in this great life of mine
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: That's a tough one to answer. Id say the tattoo that covers the right side of my body. Its the story of me starting off from being a very insecure woman with no self esteem. I was in a marriage where I was broken down...never appreciated for who I was and told I was never good enough...abused in many ways. For years I believed it and tried to "change" because it was demanded fr my spouse. After 15 years I finally found the courage to leave my marriage. The "warrior" on my leg is me...she holds a sword because swords represent courage, strength and triumph. A snake wrapped around her cuz snakes shed their skin and leave it behind..as I left a horrible life behind and moved forward. The dragon (representing a man) on my thigh is in a submissive state, he is "defeated" with a woman on top of him...her hand held up to him as to say "down boy...you don't own me...I own me, im in control of me". "Io sono chi sono" is scripted behind my hip...translates "I am who I am". Along my rib cage are flowers with "Liberta" script in them...they translate fr my Italian heritage to "freedom" in English. from the bottom of my leg up to my armpit tells my story of struggling from the fire of my life, surrounded by smoke and pain, but rising up from it all, and blossoming into beautiful flowers....a blissful state of happiness, self love, confidence, authentic empowerment, triumph, and FREEDOM!!!! My life is so incredibly blessed. I am grateful for all of my experiences as they've made me the woman I am today...fierce and unstoppable. I believe in one very important thing..."without the fall...Id have never appreciated the rise up"...and for that...I embrace all that has come my way, and all that will continue to come!!!
My next tattoo: I currently don't have anything specifically planned for a next tattoo. I don't tattoo just anything on my body for the sake of doing it because I love them. I need to be inspired from a deep place...so once it comes to me, Im on that bed in sit straight for hrs n hrs through it all!! NO BREAKS!!