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Kick-Ass Chicks: Tamara Santibañez Tamara Santibañez is artist and tattooist at Saved Tattoo in Brooklyn, and she recently published a book called Leather, which is a collection of her realer-than-real paintings of yes, you guessed it, leather. We caught up with Santibañez to talk about tattoos and her influences, from punk to sexy sirenas

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Botanical tattoo research

Do you know how hard it is to find a good resource for CLASSY botanical tattoos? Try googling that and see how many cheesy roses you get. Argh. I feel like researching my tattoo has been going on for years. Guess what? It has. Now that I am nearing 40, I have stepped up the search and have purchased many books containing some gorgeous graphics. Some I have returned, and most that I will enjoy looking at for years to come.

Plants And Their Application to Ornament is gorgeous - especially the cover.

Garden Of Eden is so amazing and have barely even cracked it open.

Art Forms in Nature: The Prints of Ernst Haeckel is amazing.

As usual, I am over-researching. I heard a story on NPR the other day about some guy’s 20year quest for the perfect couch. I feel like that could be me. I will soon be ready to suck it up and just make the appointment. Of course it’s not just an appointment. I need to go to Saved Tattoo and see if one of the people I like is into it and can do it, and then they need to draw it for me. In an even MORE ideal world, someone like Julia Rothman could just draw it for me.