This is my friend Rachel’s tattoo of two elephants standing in a coral reef on her back, inked only a few days ago by Jessica at Old Crow Tattoo and Art Gallery in Oakland, California. I went with Rachel to get her tattoo and was able to see other work Jessica has done. She’s a great artist, studied at art school, and decided to get into tattooing 10 years ago. I’ve been considering a tattoo and looking for the right artist, and she’s definitely got the skill. The elephants have long legs as an ode to Dalí. Rachel didn’t want her tattoo to be a total copy of his style, so the legs aren’t super skinny like they are in the paintings. They are standing in a coral reef because Rachel plays water polo and spends a lot of time in the water. The elephant on the left is supposed to be more masculine and the one on the right more feminine to represent her parents. The trunks curl up into a heart with a halo/aura at the top. Even though her parents are going to kill her it’s a very meaningful tattoo and she LOVES it and can’t stop looking in the mirror. This was just her first session, she had planned to add color but now is wondering if she should just keep it simple.