Amy Donohue's Phoenix

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Amy Donohue's Phoenix
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Name: Amy Donohue Age: 39 and 9 months, I was 36 when I started my tattoo.

The phoenix is my biggest tattoo. It starts just above my elbow on my left arm and goes almost up to my neck. I started getting it three years ago, when I was 36. It took a year to finish and over 20 hours total. It represents the crazy life I've lived! I feel that my experiences have made me a phoenix, rising up from the ashes. Divorce, drug and alcohol addiction and abusive relationships, but I made it out and I'm fine now. Really.

Amy Donohue's Phoenix
Courtesy of Amy Donohue

I get lots of compliments on it and call it "My Baby" because of how big it is and how long it took me to complete it. Both my arms were done by Uncle Josh at Lady Luck Tattoo Gallery in Tempe.

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My other arm is a tattoo of me, as a flapper. I'd love to go back in time to the Prohibition era. She's got a microphone in her hand, for my comedy and radio days. She's also wearing Doc Martens, to represent my punk days.


Next Tattoo? Will cover the rest of my back. I am really not sure what I want exactly, because I think about all of them for years sometimes before I get them. I've already got some smaller ones there. I've got the "OM" symbol because I've been doing yoga for over 10 years and it keeps me peaceful. I also have an ocean scene which reminds me of the time I lived abroad, in Costa Rica, during college.

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