Inked Girls: Rachel Allison DeVore
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Myself in a sentence: People would say that I have an awesome sense of humor, am somewhat mysterious, and have positive energy.
Occupation: Coast Guard
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
The design and themes of my tattoos: The overall design and themes of my tattoos are Asian inspired for the most part. Aside from the tiny rose, I didn't start getting heavily tattooed until I was 33, after reading a book on Japanese art. The chapter on Japanese tattoos inspired me: The models were SO beautiful, like walking canvasses. I wanted to be a walking piece of art too! I love that every element and symbol of Japanese tattooing has a deeper meaning other than just the superficial aspect.
More specifics about my tattoo: I began with a back piece, which includes a female warrior holding a severed oni head, offering it to a kraken. As a woman, we offen struggle with empowering ourselves. The warrior symbolizes that female strength. The oni head symbolizes the negative aspects in our lives, whether it's addiction, a history of abuse, whatever. The kraken symbolizes something bigger than ourselves, whether that's God, the universe, or something else. The warrior releasing the oni head to the kraken symbolizes, for me anyway, taking control of our lives and releasing the negativity into the universe. My legs and left arm have so many different elements, it would take a novel to explain them all, haha. In a nut shell, they contain items that I relate to or I just think are aesthetically beautiful.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: I love all of my tattoos (even the bad ones, haha), because they all tell a story. If I had to choose my favorite, it would be the portrait of my dog JB. He's literally the cutest and sweetest dog on the planet and when I first got him, I was in a very vulnerable place in my life. He gave me unconditional love and purpose, and I truly feel that I didn't rescue him, it was the other way around. He rescued me.
My next tattoo: My next tattoo will be a hannya mask on my left knee, completing my leg piece. I've had my right knee tattooed and know it hurts like hell, so I've been procrastinating getting the left one done... I'm trying to get up the nerve, haha.