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My New Valerie Vargas Tattoo (Soho far, Soho good)

June 8, 2010
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It’s been over fourteen months in the planning but today I had my first sitting with internationally renowned tattoo artist Valerie Vargas.

I have to go back in three weeks to have the colouring done, but I’m so chuffed with it that I just can’t wait till then to show it off.

Tattoo by Valrie Vargas

When Valerie Vargas met Raquel Rouge

I’ve been wanting a tattoo for years but it was something I never really got around to. I had all of the usual dilemmas of what to have, and who to trust to do it, but when I came across Valerie’s work my mind was made up there and then. She has such a fabulous style – an update of traditional tattoo art but with a really classy and feminine edge.

Just have a look at her work. There’s no wonder she’s so in demand.

Tattoo art by Valerie Vargas

Just another couple of brilliant pieces of Valerie's amazing art

After first contacting Valerie I had a long twelve month wait for our first meeting – plenty of time to work out what to have done. I knew it had to be pin-uppy and the vintage camera was a given, but I wanted something a bit different from the obvious thrusty hip and legs akimbo calendar girls. It’ll come as no surprise that I’m a fan of the godfather of pin-up art Alberto Vargas and it was one of his more unusual head and shoulder images that ended up forming the basis of the design. I love it for being softer and more demure than sassy, and the addition of roses are just a classic tat thing and one of Valerie’s signature motifs.

Vargas pin-up girl and antique camera

The inspiration behind the art

From that first phone call, to my initial consultation, to the session today, Valerie has just been lovely – enthusiastic and an ultimate pro. I’m now dying to get back to Frith Street Studio in Soho and get some of that vibrant colour work to finish off my lady.

And yes, she is going to have red hair.

RS x

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Tacha87 permalink
    November 3, 2010 1:38 pm

    Hi there!
    I love your Valerie Vargas pieces!
    I’m dying to be on her waitinglist, which is still closed.
    But I wanted to ask you, do you know her charge per hour? I’m starting a ‘vargas piggy bank’ to save up for it 😉
    Thanks in advance and enjoy your ink, do you have a pic of this one now that it’s colored?
    Xxx Tacha

    • November 6, 2010 10:52 am

      Thanks Tacha!

      (Though I only have the one)

      There’s a pic of the finished work here

      As I was quoted for the whole thing I’m not sure about her hourly rate. Best thing would be to call Frith Street Tattoo and speak to Naomi who manages all the appointments – she’s lovely.

      Good luck with it and be sure you show me what you have done in the end.

      It’ll be worth the wait!

      RS x

  2. February 16, 2011 7:01 pm


    Gorgeous tattoo! i am the proud owner of a Val back piece (her first in fact!) so know how amazing her work is!

    take care

  3. February 17, 2011 8:33 pm

    Thanks Paul – though your back is something else!

    (Some nice pics on there too.)

    Much respect

    RS x

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