Ashley Neuhaus 31-DEC-2012 Hello my name is Ashley and I’m addicted to tattoos. I got my first tattoo at the age of 17 and every six months after, I would get another one for the next three years. Grown up things got in the way like car insurance and student loans so I had to watch my spending. I’m now 25 years old and on the verge of entering my late 20s so what better way to reward myself than with new ink. It was during New York Comic Con of this year that I was talking with Buz of The Living Corpse fame about getting a new tattoo. He told me that he’d be at a tattoo convention in Philadelphia in February and to contact him about it. I went home and googled which convention it was and it’s the con hosted by Villain Arts. The convention itself is going to be held February 8-10, 2013 at the Philadelphia Convention Center.
Tattoo artists from all over the country will be set up at the convention. In addition to artists set up on the floor there will be entertainment throughout the weekend including suspension by Miss CRASH and burlesque performances by Rigor Mortis Revue which we had the pleasure of seeing at EXXXOTICA this year. Every day will also feature the Tattoo of the Day contest and then each day will have different categories for contests like full sleeve (male & female), best color, best chest piece, etc. Visit Villain Arts’ website for more information.
I messaged Buz and gave him a couple ideas of different tattoos and he was eager to accept the mission of designing my Wonder Woman one. I’ve been wanting to get a Wonder Woman tattoo for several years now. As you may have noticed, I’m a bit of a nerd and yet, I don’t have any nerdy tattoos. Even before I started reading comic books, I loved Wonder Woman. She’s a beautiful, strong character who stands for truth and justice. Though I may not read her book anymore, I still love her as a character and so I’ve decided to mark my love permanently on my body. My original idea was to just have a ruby red star on the front of my ankle and a lasso wrapped around it. After talking with Amber, we developed my idea further to include the whole tiara. After several weeks of no contact, I messaged Buz to see how the progress was going. He promised to send me an sketch within the next couple of days. After a particularly crappy day, I went to sleep and awoke the next morning to a fantastic email from Buz. Attached to the email was a gorgeous unfinished sketch of my tattoo. I am so excited to see the finished product and to have it on my body.
Since the convention is right before my birthday (February 11), I plan on celebrating hard in Philadelphia. If you wish to come and watch me get tattooed or buy me a drink afterwards, check out the information and come party. Also, if you’d like to donate towards the tattoo fund, email me: ashleyxneuhaus [at] gmail [dot] com.