Tat Chat: Slum Goddess Eden Brower

Posted on: January 18th, 2013 at 11:22 am by

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What’s your name and what do you do?

Eden Brower. I’m a background extra for tv and films/musician in East River String Band. I also run the blog Slum Goddess.

How many tattoos do you have?
6 tattoos – one is huge and takes up most of my arm.

Which is your favorite tattoo and the story behind it?
My favorite one is an old-timey couple dancing. I got the image from a comic book my friend Sophie Crumb did and she swiped it from a magazine from the 1920′s.

Where did you get it done?
I got it done at C-Squat where I was living at the time in NYC. I love and I play old time music and I just love the image of the couple from the 1920s dancing. I haven’t seen too many others with this type of tat.

What do you feel is the biggest misconception people have towards tattoos?
I think a big misconception is that every tattoo must have some deep symbolic meaning behind it. Sometimes they do and sometimes they don’t. I have a small tattoo of my dog because well..i loved my dog. I have one of a seahorse because I like sea horses. I have gotten into fights with people who insist my tree tattoo has a deep meaning that I am unaware of. Because when asked about it I told him it was just a creepy tree. He said, “There is way more to it then that, sister.” To which I replied,”No. It’s a tree. I like trees.” If a tattoo DID have some deep meaning for me why on earth would i tell some stranger on the street about it too? I get asked about the meaning of my tattoos by a dozen people every day.

What advice would you offer to someone thinking of getting their fist tattoo?
If you are getting your first tattoo I would make sure to think about what you want for a good 6 months or longer. If i had gotten the first tattoo I ever wanted i would have the words I LOVE THE GRATEFUL DEAD tattooed on me with a big rose that looks like Jerry Garcia’s face. Really glad I do not have that now. Did I mention I was on acid and on Dead tour when I almost got it?

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