This tattoo was designed by an academic collaborator, Dr. Donna Rose Addis, and repurposed as body art with her permission. :) Tattoo is positioned on the inner right bicep.
The left half of the tattoo is a coronal slice of brain, showing the cortical surface of the brain. The “bulb” at the bottom of the slice is the left hippocampus (latin for “seahorse”); the hippocampus gets its name from the fact that it, along with the fornix, resembles a seahorse (hence the seahorse on the right). The hippocampus is involved in episodic memory, and my doctoral research focused on the neuroscience of memory for emotional experiences.
The awesomely macabre skull wedding cake is the work of culinary wizard and food artist Annabel de Vetten, aka Conjurer’s Kitchen. You might not guess to look at it, but everything about this cake is edible. Working from a theme of “‘Til Death Do Us Part,” Annabel created the incredible cake for the Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza, which recently took place in Birmingham, England.
“It features solid chocolate skulls of 16 carrion crows, 12 domestic kittens, 3 Vervet monkeys, and 4 barn owls, all of which the artist sculpted by hand. Made from White Chocolate Mudcake, the cake took her over 100 hours to complete in total. There are two options of toppers: a chocolate conjoined kitten skull, or dried flowers from an actual wedding bouquet (ones shown here from her own).”
Gouache, mixed media on paper. Also available for purchase as a print.
"If someone else can do it, so can you," my mom would always tell me. Maybe not as fast, or nearly as well, at first — but with practice, patience and persistence, your dreams can become reality. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.