Today I was going through some of the event listings that JanesGuide’s FB page has, and I was shocked and saddened to read that tattoo artist Gypsy Jill had passed. In my absence from the local community these past years, I’ve just missed a lot. She did the two most significant tattoos I have – the first time she worked on me, it was to add/beautify the tattoo on my heart chakra. At the time, I am sad to say, I didn’t even realize how unhappy I was, but Jill did. While she experienced negative energy that I am very regretful about, it was a healing experience for me. I was grateful when a few years later, she agreed to do another tattoo for me, my phoenix cover-up on my left shoulder.

The thing that strikes me the most is just how accepting and non-judgmental she was. She knew everyone in the community I was in, including the person I was trying to “rise from the ashes” from with my phoenix, and whether or not she had an opinion on my motives, I won’t ever know as she was a consummate professional. Both tattoos she did for me are creations that I cherish, and life experiences that I chose to permanently carry with me in ink.

I am looking for a Seattle photographer who would be willing to try to get some high quality images of the work she did on me, so that I can submit something to The Gypsy Jill Project. Whether it will be included or not, I don’t know, but I would like to offer something for inclusion. If you might be interested, please write me.

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