Amelia was very excited to get a hummingbird tattoo from Topo Tattoo Cuenca Ecuador. It’s her very first tattoo and she LOVES IT!!!
The hummingbird has a lot of meaning for Amelia, mainly because that’s the nickname I gave her quite a while ago. She’s always fluttering around the house with seemingly boundless energy, but she also loves the beauty and gracefulness of hummingbirds.
According to TatRing.com, “The hummingbird is a unique and graceful bird. It can fly in all directions, even backward and upside down, up to 25 miles per hour, and then stop on a dime. It eats up to fifty times a day just to stay alive, due to its constant burning of energy. The hummingbird is often inked with flowers, for it could not survive without flowers and flowers could not survive without the hummingbird.”
“Although the hummingbird tattoo often represents overcoming difficult times, it also has many other meanings, including love, joy, hope, life, and charm, and to many different cultures and people, the hummingbird is a symbol of peace.”
As vegans, I can think of no better symbolic tattoo than a hummingbird.
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Step 1: The Design
Amelia spent a lot of time researching the design before the day of our appointment. She found several hummingbird pictures that she liked, and took them on her phone to Topo Tattoo.
Juan found a similar hummingbird image on the internet and then he found a flower image to go with it. He combined, resized and oriented the images in Photoshop before printing it on a piece of paper.
Step 2: The Stencil
Using a light table, they traced the photo on the back side of the paper with a special ink that remains wet. Then they put a special cream on Amelia’s shoulder (after shaving it) and positioned the stencil in the location where Amelia wanted her tattoo.
Step 3: The Ink
Amelia waited several months to get her tattoo because she wanted to use vegan ink. For quite a while, Topo Tattoo only had black vegan ink, and a hummingbird needs bright, vibrant colors, so she waited until they got more colors.
We were told that the recovery time is much faster with the vegan ink since its hypoallergenic, and it works just as well as non-vegan ink, so Topo Tattoo is moving too all vegan ink, as well as vegan aftercare products.
I was surprised to see how similar the ink looked to printer ink colors: black, yellow, magenta and cyan plus maroon. Juan combined these inks to get the whole spectrum of colors needed for Amelia’s bright hummingbird and flowers.
The whole process took less than an hour, and it hurt far less than Amelia was expecting. If you’re in Cuenca and want to get a tattoo, we highly recommend Topo Tattoo (not a sponsored statement).
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