Inked Girls: Natasha Ryan
Myself in a sentence: Unbreakable, yet tender.
Occupation: Nursing Student
Hometown: Metairie, LA
The design and themes of my tattoos: My right sleeve is my Asian side haha. I have a dragon, lotus flowers, a geisha (of myself) and it goes up into my shoulder. I have a lotus flower on the side of my neck. I have my knuckles done on both hands. Left forearm is my New Orleans piece ? I was born and raised there until Katrina hit. I have a voodoo queen on my left hand. I have a tattoo for my mom on my left thigh - she was diagnosed with cancer last year & beat it. I have a few tattoos for my daughter. One for my dad on my back - his martial arts style symbol. I’ve been doing it since I was 3. I have a ton more, but this might take all day haha.
More specifics about my tattoo: I have my lips tattooed on my ass. “Enough” with the eating disorder recovery symbol on my wrist. I have “always stay strong” on my forearm that represents and covers scars from when I was a self harmer as a teenager. I have “ Infragilis et tenera ;” on my neck - I got that after my spinal fusion in August. It means Unbreakable, yet tender and the semi colon represents the self harming past and overcoming.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: My most recent tattoo of my pit mix, Nola, is my absolute favorite! I rescued Nola 5 years ago from death row. She is the most forgiving, loving, loyal furbaby on this planet. I got her portrait tattooed on my left calf recently by Mike Hatfield in Dale City, VA and he did the most amazing job! Looks exactly like her!
My next tattoo: My next tattoo will be for my other dog, Jazzy, and I will also be getting a tribute tattoo for a dog I transported last year(to her foster home) & fell in love with. She was the sweetest and all she wanted was love and affection. Sadly, a month after that, I received a call that Montgomery county had her because her and the neighbor’s dog got into a scuffle and the idiot who tried to stop it stuck their hand between them and got bit. Montgomery county has a one bite rule. I called lawyers, rescue groups, the county shelter, everything... they would not let me adopt her to save her life. Wouldn’t even let me tell her goodbye. They killed her that same day. She was only 2 years old, but she will live forever on my body.