I made this Lady Trieu tattoo for Karla a little while ago, in honor of her daughter. One of the coolest parts of tattooing is you learn so much about so many different things–I didn’t know anything about this story from Vietnam until Karla asked me to work on this project with her. The story goes that Lady Trieu was a warrior in 3rd century Vietnam who resisted the Chinese during their occupation of Vietnam. Legend has it that at the age of twenty, Trieu fled to the mountains where she gathered a group of 1,000 warriors for the resistance. During battle she was said to ride a war elephant. When her brother tried to convince her not to fight, she is quoted as saying “I only want to ride the wind and walk the waves, slay the big whales of the Eastern sea, clean up frontiers, and save the people from drowning. Why should I imitate others, bow my head, stoop over and be a slave? Why resign myself to menial housework?”. What an awesome tribute to Karla’s daughter, I’m so glad I was able to work on this. I would love to do more tattoos like this and learn more about different people’s heritage and what’s important to you!
Traditional Tattoos by Minneapolis Tattooer Mimi Wunsch
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