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My memories of the Circus

My memories of the circus - Fiori Lorett

I may not have mentioned before but my father’s family came from the circus and as a child I had the chance to experience that life and still retain a lot of memories of that time.

My dad’s circus stoped in my mom’s village for a few weeks and my mom went to see the spectacle. She told me that there was a very attractive clown ( I really don’t know how she could see him under all that makeup, but ok) and that at the end of the show he winked at her as he disappeared behind the curtains. She described that moment for her as love at first sight. As result when the circus left town she ran away with my dad and the circus and as soon after I came into the picture.

My parents were super young and as you can imagine it was tough to star your life together living in a circus with a new kid.

But I do remember that tine as a small child and I’m going to share those memories with you here.

One time we travelled on a big boat down the Amazon river, it was a large boat loaded with trucks and caravans. The afternoons where hot and we used to chill on the hammock slung under the trucks. As we floated down the Amazon we would see fresh water dolphins and wild animals on the river banks as we floated past.I remember one time we went to the village of native tribe and traded things we had for mangos.

The boat was made of steal, the temperature was incredibly hot and the humidity crazy. My brother and I begged to swim in the river.My parents gave in and put my brother, who was very little at the time, in a small bucket. For me it was a rope around my waste and dangled over the side of the boat into the cool water. And there i was being pulled through the water by this huge boat! It was really refreshing but my gosh…. looking back it was dangerous, not only of drowning but also from the multitude of wild and dangerous animals in the water of the Amazon. Thinking about the experience today I don’t think I would repeat it, but I’m happy I have it as an unforgettable childhood memory.

Another memory of the circus was sleeping in a caravan and playing with my “pipi doll”. A doll I won from my grandmother, a wonderfully wise woman, in a bet.

There was a kid called neguinho who I played with all the time but who controlled me and if I did not do as he said he would hit me. Every day would end with me going back to my grandmother crying, telling her that this kid was hitting me. So my wise grandmother made a deal with me, that if the next day I hit him back she would give me a super cool doll. So that’s what I did and she gave me the doll. 

It’s very interesting to relive these memories and analyse them from a the present day perspective. I guess many of us go through experiences like this in life. For me this was my first time I stood up for myself and said no to a bully.

Everyone in the circus had a job. My dad was a clown and had a balancing act. He had an apparatus called pendulum. He used his own weight to make it move from one side to another gaining a lot of speed sometimes running around the outside. It was incredible to watch.My mom looked after me and my brother but also danced Can-Can. I also vividly remember my dad training me to be a contortionist. I think my time in the circus was a wonderful experience and I believe it resulted in my love to be constantly on the move. This is my history, I’m proud of it and I’m happy to shave this opportunity to share it with you. In remembering it and writing it I am gaining different perspectives of my own life and a deeper understanding of myself.

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Harpie

HARPIE NEOTRADITIONAL TATTOO ON THE RIBS

HARPIE NEOTRADITIONAL TATTOO ON THE RIBS

The harpies have different meanings depending in what culture. On the Greek culture they were sent to punish the Thracian King, for his ill treatment of his children. They were mentioned here as hideous creatures with claws and insatiable hunger.

They could also be called spirits of the wind, they were who provided the explanation for the changes of the wind.

I found my favourite mention about them saying that they were beautiful women with bird wings. It’s very nice to think of them as beautiful creatures, very soft and with their hair and wings floating in the wind. This is how I wanted to represent this neotraditional Harpie tattoo, a creature with character  but also very soft and feminine.

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Skull & Flowers

SKULL AND FLOWERS ART NOUVEAU TATTOO ON THE LEG

SKULL AND FLOWERS ART NOUVEAU TATTOO ON THE LEG

This tattoo represents the death and life. I wanted also to represent a bit of the Jundgend style from Vienna. My costumer wanted to have something that would remind him of his home town and this was a great way to remind him of the beautiful city of Vienna. 

This tattoo in particular is a cover up tattoo, what makes the tattoo much more challenging for me, and also means a lot when the costumer can shine something new on their skin.

I really love to do cover ups, because of the transition of having something that people dont like to something that they love and this makes me very happy. If you want to know more about my cover ups, just click here.

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Woman

NEOTRADITIONAL WOMAN TATTOO FULL LEG SLEEVE

NEOTRADITIONAL WOMAN TATTOO FULL LEG SLEEVE

 So right now you can be wondering why to get a female figure tattooed on your full leg?

This is a much deeper concept for me, thinking that we come from women and they’re our guides through life. This is a very personal matter for me when i think abut my past and the way i was brought up, on a very matriarch family. Being the daughter of a female tattoo artist also empowered me to keep working and surprising myself through this journey. Sometimes i felt like I couldn’t keep going but i also remembered myself that were much stronger and that we need to fight for our space wherever type of work we’re doing.

This is more like a way to remind ourselves that we’re powerful independently of our sex or where we come from.

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Lilies

NEOTRADITIONAL LILIES TATTOO ON THE FOOT

NEOTRADITIONAL LILIES TATTOO ON THE FOOT

 Lilys are the definition of eternal beauty. The name Lily symbolises purity, refined beauty and fertility.

The sweet and elegant beauty of the lily could also mean fresh life or rebirth. 

It could also mean different things depending on the colours. 

I really love to represent Lily’s on my neotraditional tattoo pieces, they could look good on their own or even with a different type of composition. 

It’s a flower that would go well with any detail that we decide to combine it with. 

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Cherry Blossoms

CHEST CHERRY BLOSSOMS

This piece started with the idea of making something that my costumer already had into something new, elegant and shiny. 

We decided that the best way to represent that would be to do cherry blossoms tattoo on art nouveau style. Cherry blossoms are a tattoo that has repeated itself so many times, ive seen and done it in many different ways, but specially on the Japanese style. 

I tried to do something different with this one, playing with the shapes of the body but still keeping the softness of this beautiful flowers. 

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Woman and Skull

WOMAN AND SKULL NEOTRADITIONAL TATTOO ON THE CHEST

WOMAN AND SKULL NEOTRADITIONAL TATTOO ON THE CHEST 

This tattoo is a very especial one for me , as it was the first tattoo that this costumer ever had. He told me his reasons for this tattoo, and i felt very privileged to be the one to do it.  

Skull tattoos can represent many things, reborn, equality, death and more. In this case we tried to make a relation between the death and birth. The woman represents life itself, youth and elegance, and the skull represents the lossless. 

My costumer has told me he had lost someone in his family and that he had been through a very dark moment in his life, but even like that somehow he found a way to overcome this hard situation and take something good out of it. That’s the rebirth, were life takes care of everything and time helps to cure all the wounds. 

I’m  very happy to be part of peoples healing, and to be able to hear and tell their histories, for that I’m forever thankful.

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Roses

NEOTRADITIONAL ROSES TATTOOS

 NEOTRADITIONAL ROSES TATTOOS

Roses are one of the most tattooed subject when talking about tattoos, old school or neotraditional. They’re one of the best flowers to compose with, and they also can look super good on their own.

Roses can symbolise so many things, in this neotraditional rose tattoo we wanted to represent “the immortal love” that withstands time and even death. The Greek Goddes Aphrodite was often depicted with roses adorning her head, feet and neck, and ive got inspired by this concept. 

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Ornamental Faces

ORNAMENTAL NEOTRADITIONAL FACES

 ORNAMENTAL NEOTRADITIONAL FACES 

Ive heard many times that someone wouldn’t get any face tattooed, but to be honest, why not right?

Faces are my favourite motive to tattoo. Always combined with different elements around like art nouveau back ground, animals, plants or even more surrealistic. One way i started to get into tattooing faces was trying to open them as if they were empty, or carried plants or an animal inside, trying to relate it with nature, and that’s a way to represent our experience in life. Basically we come from nature and we become nature, I really liked this concept. 

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Butterfly face

BUTTERFLY FACE NEOTRADITIONAL TATTOO

BUTTERFLY FACE NEOTRADITIONAL TATTOO

Butterflies were always a very popular tattoo subject. Since Ive started to tattoo ive done butterflies in so many different ways. They mostly represent beauty, freedom, and also transformation. 

In this tattoo I tried to do a composition with a female face and the butterfly tattoo covering the eyes of the woman giving the drawing a very elegant shape. 

It was very important for my costumer to represent the changes that she was going through in her life, she was going through some health troubles and after that she felt reborn. I’m very happy to be part of recovering processes in my costumers lives, and very thankful to be able to make this happen.