Sharks and Shark Tattoos

Welp, it’s no secret I love sharks. I distinctly remember my grandparents flipping through the channels, landing on Jaws, and hanging out there the rest of the movie. Alex and I were soooo little! And that was my first scary movie (that I can remember). It didn’t stop me from swimming in Mexico every summer but it did give me an irrational fear of the deep end in our neighborhood swim club’s pool…
Growing up, I became more and more fascinated by sharks. It wasn’t until moving to Hawaii did I realizeย that I LOVE them! On my second time out to visit Trevor (Valentine’s weekend 2010?), T scheduled us for skydiving (!!) and a shark cage tour (!!). In the beginning I was a little nervous, but once I got in the water with them (and behind bars), I really started to understand them. They are absolutely some of the most beautiful creatures!
The next Valentine’s Day, T got us scuba qualed. We’ve doveย with TONS of sharks! Our most memorable are obviously the humungous female tiger shark in Fiji and the very curious reef shark in Palau ;)
I had been following @oneoceanliving this past year and have been wanting to swim with sharks again. We saved up and went for it yesterday morning. I feel like it’s hit or miss. We did see A LOT of sharks, but because we’ve been spoiled in the past, we wanted to see a tiger. Or whale shark ;) But it was still fun!

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After, with the recommendation from the crew, we got Local breakfast burritos at Kono’s in Haleiwa.

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So, if you get their surfing pig tattooed, you can get 25% off the food for the rest of your life. I think this is was sparked the what sparked the idea for another tattoo. I mean, I seriously considered it!

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We drove home from the North Shore and took our traditional nap. Unfortunately, I slept ALLLLL day no thanks to dramamine and the heat :(

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Our friends invited us to the tattoo expo at the Blaisdell so I forced myself out of bed to take a cold shower, wake up, and get ready. T and I grabbed dinner at our favorite sushi place and headed out. We were lucky enough to get there right when Mike Love was playing!!

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I had never been to one of these things but it was pretty amazing! So many talented artists! So many people getting tattooed! This is what fascinates me – traditional Polynesian tattooing. It looked so painful!

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I had been following this local artist of Instagram for awhile. He posted a photo awhile back of a shark’s tooth and I fell in love. I thought about it for a couple months but didn’t act on it. He ended up being at the Expo and our friends called me out ;) We went to his booth, David told him I was interested, and all of a sudden, I was getting it done!

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SORRY, MOM AND DAD!

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Tiger shark tooth to remember big mama in Fiji, the hundreds of sharks we’ve seen diving, and the first shark I saw surfing.

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Friends and their tattoos they got last night!

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I love those nights when you fly by the seat of your pants ;)

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