Updated: Jul 21, 2021
Over the past few years, Kendra has been working with me on a couple of cover up tattoos for her legs; they work wonderfully and are finished. Now she wants to commemorate her time in Peru, which changed her life, so we are working on a Pachamama tattoo half sleeve for her right arm. She says, "In Peru, Pachamama is Mother Earth. She is the Andean earth mother goddess. For me she represents connection with nature, spirituality, and divine feminine energy, and feminine power. Both women and nature are the fountains of life. I have always felt most spiritual, present, and at peace when in nature or when in community with strong, inspirational women."
We collaborated on the design, which features an indigenous Pachamama as mountain, with the sun crowning her head like a feathered halo and the blue sky of the Andes behind her. She embodies the four elements and offers water, which is life, pouring from the terraces, bounded by her flowing hair. Here are some pictures of the drawing, outline, gray shading and final color stages.