tattoo of the week: a daughter and a rose

November 7, 2011

AP member/student/plus-size model Shanda says that her favorite tattoo is the one with her daughter Kyra’s name and a rose, above her breast. She has 5 tatts and counting! If you’d like your tattoo(s) to be our next feature, please email us at least 3 pics of yourself and your tattoo(s), and your answers to the questions below to .

Name: Shanda Mickens

Age: 24

City: Philadelphia PA

Occupation: Mother of 1, Full time Medical Office Management Student, Part time Plus Sized Model (Took time off to take care of my daughter and concentrate on my studies)

How many tattoos do you have? 5 and counting

Which one is your favorite? My daughter’s name “Kyra” w/ a rose above my Breast

What does it mean to you? It means a lot to me… It’s a symbol of the lady of my life and how I want to keep her close to my heart. My daughter and I have a very close bond that every mother should have with their child.

How old were you when you got your first tattoo? I was 17. It’s my nickname “Shandie” with 2 cherries under it… It was a H.S graduation gift from my dad. He asked me what did I want for a graduation gift, I told him that I wanted either a paintball gun or a tattoo… He picked the lesser of both evils 😉

Why should we feature your tattoo? I noticed that they’re aren’t that many plus sized women w/ tattoos being featured on here and I would love to see more lovely ladies like me on here

Do you have a particular tattoo artist you go to? No but I have been to 2 great shops that I would love to go to again: Big City Tattoo on 27th and Girard and Body Graphics Express on 6th and South Streets here in Philly

Have you ever received a tattoo under the influence of drugs or alcohol? Nope… and I don’t plan on it lol

Do you regret any tattoos you have? This one on my left leg… Chinese symbols that supposed to mean “Crazy Beautiful” but it probably means something else lol… I’m planning on getting it covered up..

Are you a tattoo addict? Tatt lover: yes… Aficionado: Sure, why the hell not… Addict: Ehhh… lol