Inked Girls: Nicole Marie Cobeo
Myself in a sentence: I exist as I am. That is enough. I'm a Spontaneous Chick who likes to stir the pot a little bit.
Occupation: Barista, Starbucks
Hometown: Las Vegas
The design and themes of my tattoos: Essentially my tattoos are a story of my life, my hardships and the strength I have to overcome my fears and achieve my aspirations. My sparrows are my spontaneous side just going with the flow of life having fun in the darkest places. My Stomach is me in a nutshell. I exist as I am, That is enough. It is the definition of me and no one can ever take that away from me. The tattoos I want to get are a rose on my neck for beauty and life, secret garden on my fingers for my inner piece and sanity. I want my thigh with my garter to represent my love for this industry. I want a quill feather pen to add to my quote on my stomach that will cover my sides and my back. I want ankh on my forearm to protect me, to keep me centered and express my love for Egypt. As my income flows so will my tattoos. I want them to be perfect so I know what I want and I know I will get them and I don't mind waiting, its better then some back ally scratch shit that I wouldn't suggest anyone every do.
More specifics about my tattoo: I was 16 when I was in the mental hospital and its brutal cold dark place that no one ever should be in. Its a life changer that place for better or for worse and I came out lost and it took me years to find myself. I didn't have much when I was in there but I did have this poem book that got me through some rough moments lot in time and one was by Walt Whitman, I exist as I am. That is enough. I was so angry and hurt that I couldn't grasp what that really meant until I was let out into the "outs", the real world and that sentence those 8 words held me together through the deaths of many of my loved ones, my own sicknesses and just the harsh outs in itself. It will always be my most memberable tattoo and will always be my favorite tattoo.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: It was my 20th birthday and I got "I exist as I am. That is enough." on my underbelly. It is one of my favorite quotes by Walt Whitman. When I was younger I was placed in a mental institution for extreme depression and anxiety as a teen. I always felt like i needed to be punished for all the bad I did and the bad that happened to me. I felt unworthy of myself and thought I was causing more harm then good. I was a cutter for 8 years of my life and just couldn't come to terms that life would ever get better. One day things felt different and I was tired of hiding who I was and thought enough is enough. I am who I am and its okay. I should be proud of the strong woman I have become and never let anyone throw me down ever again. So I had Rachael Scumbag from Last Chance Tattoo do my tattoo out in Las Vegas. Its my favorite tattoo and speaks the truth. I exist as I am and that is truly enough.
My next tattoo: A million Ideas come to mind. I am an aspiring tattoo artist and really want a garter belt around my right thigh with a tattoo machine. It will be a beautiful vintage white lace beauty with dainty pearls full of finesse, however that is a bit costly and I need to save up so what I am getting soon is I want the words "Secret. Garden" on my middle finger and my ring finger in some cursive with filigraphy. It represents when I found my inner piece. I went to Reiki which is a type of meditation that my best friend told me I really need to go to. In my head I though how is a drum circle going to help me want to keep on living and then I just thought I have nothing else to lose so lets do it. I was diagnosed with Stage one Vulvar Cancer so I really felt loss and empty and when I was meditation he brought us to this garden, this pure place of harmony and bliss and I just felt at peace so I want it tattooed on my so it can always bring me back to my secret garden.