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  • Brenda Flatmo

    I am a tattooer and aspiring painter. In this blog I have two aims: by sharing some of my work as both completed pieces and progression shots of projects, I hope to give the viewer a peek into the process of tattooing. I also hope that this blog might bring me closer to my work by forcing me to be more methodical and contemplative as I record and photograph these projects in various stages of development. Generally, things move so quickly in business, art and in life, that as one project or job is finished, I find myself rushing headlong to the next task and I hope that this blog might slow down time, if just a little.

  • PluraBella, LTD.

    My studio is called PluraBella. I share it with my husband, Kore- an extremely talented artist and tattooer that is a daily inspiration to me.
    We live and operate in Cincinnati, Ohio, although we make regular trips to the Los Angeles area and even to the occasional tattoo convention.

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Roses and birds.

roses and birds

Here’s a one sitting tattoo that I did a couple of months ago on a client that wanted something to symbolize her three children. You cannot really go wrong with subject matter like this: feminine and classic. The addition of color in the roses, especially the pretty orange tones, definitely makes this tattoo unique and striking.

Koi half-sleeve

koi and lotus

koi and lotus

A Japanese inspired black and gray koi half sleeve with rocks, water, and lotus.

Hello all!!

Today’s entry is of a fun project I was able to do recently as a new client”s first tattoo.  This koi half sleeve was done in 2 sessions- we may have about 5% left to go in a final refining session. These pics were taken immediately following his second sitting, so there is a lot of residual redness in the skin. I’m hoping to get fully healed photos, eventually. A great big thank you goes to Jeff for being such a tough, enthusiastic client!!


Alexis Rodriguez - September 17, 2014 - 11:50 pm

How can i get in touch with u?? I’ve emailed u but get no response. Love ur art.

Sugar skull floral sleeve in progress.

Had a great appointment today! We tattooed for about 6 hours and made some good progress on a sugar skull floral sleeve. Thank you, Jenn, for being such a great client! Looking forward to our next session!

Betsy - April 12, 2012 - 2:48 am

What a beautiful tattoo, Brenda.

admin - April 12, 2012 - 6:25 pm

Thank you! 😀
We’ll be adding more flowers, bugs ,and a bird to this one next time. All favorite subject matter of mine!

Bjork as nature sprite and a mountain man.

So, it seems that I’ve taken a very long, unintended break from posting. I always intend to, it’s always on the ‘to do’ list, but there there is just sooo much on that list and so little time…..I’ll get better, I promise!!

So, here I am at my computer on this lovely Easter Sunday afternoon and I thought that I’d begin with a fun lower leg piece that I was able to complete not too long ago. We started with a really cool graphic from a very old, threadbare tee shirt that had been much worn and much loved over the years, by my client, Ben. The graphic on the shirt was a  hippy-ish sort of hiker guy; it reminded me of some 1970’s Whole Earth Catalogue cover. I was unable to find any other version of the design ( no, not even online!!) and so I resorted to scanning the tee shirt and redrawing it as best I could, even though alot of the details to the art had long been washed or worn away.

So with that portion of the tattoo completed as a stand alone piece, after some time, my client decided that he wanted to carry everything around his leg for something more complete.  He wanted to find just the right female counterpart for this fatherly nature guy, and finally settled on a photograph of Bjork, looking very playful and pixyish. What a perfect addition!! While generally, there is so much more that we tattooers can do with larger images on skin, I do especially like to do some small images sometimes : they have to be reinterpreted, for sure, but can be a fun challenge.

I used several photographs and images as inspiration for the environmental landscape that the two of them share. I think that we created an interesting and unique tattoo- A big thank you to Ben for such unique ideas and for letting me run with this one a little bit!!

Take care and thanks for taking the time to look!!


Beauty with cherry blossoms

beautiful woman with cherry blossoms

It was my great pleasure to do this tattoo on my adopted niece a couple of years ago- it was her first tattoo and she really decided to go for it. If my memory serves me correctly, we completed this it in about 4 sittings.

Ben Cichowski - February 22, 2012 - 4:31 am

I love this one. The style seems very different from your other works – very soft and dreamy.

admin - February 22, 2012 - 4:40 am

Hi Ben!
Thank you! Yes, it was done on my niece for her 18th birthday, so I wanted to do something especially soft and feminine for her, with sort of a gentle background.
Hope that you are doing well. Thanks for taking the time to check out the blog.