FeatureLife & StyleParty Pics2016 Behind the Ink Alan Gibbons - February 16, 2016 Danielle Wellbrock-Gallinger, 33, Huntington Beach, director of operations at Grit Cycle ● “The story of Alice in Wonderland is one I’ve always identified with. It’s the story of an outsider—someone who feels out of place, someone who was a little lost—but who came out of Wonderland better than ever. The sleeve represents my triumph over a lack of self confidence and other issues—such as an eating disorder and an abusive relationship—and my realization that I really was never out of place, but exactly who I should be and where I should be.” ● Sitting time: 60 hours over nine months. Liz Campbell, 29, Laguna Beach, yoga instructor ● “Rangda, the demon queen and antagonist in traditional Balinese mythology, represents the negative energy that balances the positive. According to the myth, she leads an army of witches to fight against the good force. Within every culture or religion, there’s always a fight between good and evil. One cannot exist without the other. “In my own life, I’ve learned to embrace the challenges and obstacles, knowing that they’re there to balance the positive. Who I am today is a more peaceful, centered, and confident individual because of the conflicts and hardships I’ve experienced. This is the concept I wanted to forever scar onto my body so that I’m reminded to face my challenges and accept the negative things I can’t control in order to find peace.” ● Sitting time: Four or five sessions of at least four hours each. Kaitlyn Brown, 34, Newport Beach, stay-at-home mom and group fitness instructor ● Brown had the tree done for her eldest daughter, now 6, two years ago. “Since she was born, I felt like I knew her before, like we met in another life, sort of like she’s an old soul. She’s strong and independent, so I thought of a tree since it stands alone and it’s strong. If I’m getting something permanent, it has to be important. ● “I went to the artist and he drew it right on my body. But when it came out, it looked dead. So I went and sat for him again but still didn’t think it was right. Then I finally found another artist to finish it and bring it to life. The first artist did cool colors and great shape, and the second artist added leaves and brought it to life.” ● Sitting time: Three sittings, between two and four hours each. Rickie & Richie Touch, 24, identical twins, aspiring MMA competitors, event coordinators for Hollywood Candy Girls in Los Alamitos ● Rickie “I have a whole centerpiece of (Cambodia) on my back. There’s Angkor Wat, a god of war, and some other symbols. Whatever I do, I do for my culture and my family and where I come from. Especially as an athlete, I want to represent my country in whatever I do. ● Sitting time: Six to seven sessions of three to four hours each, over seven months. ● Richie: “This sleeve piece is an Apsara, which represents the beauty of the Cambodian culture. Apsaras are performers for the king and shapeshifters. They perform a beautiful dance for fallen warriors. Asparas signify grace, beauty, majesty. Sort of like angels.” ● Sitting time: Three to four sessions of two to three hours each.