• Article by: RICHARD TSONG-TAATARII , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 27, 2010 - 7:18 PM

Tessa Vigoren started thinking about getting a tattoo when she was 12. At age 21, when the time was right, she did not just choose a small butterfly tattoo on her ankle. She decided on a tree branch with flowers, leaves and birds that covers half her back and wraps around her waist. "He drew up something that I really liked," said Vigoren of the design by tattoo artist Matt (Poohki) Ward. Total tattooing time is expected to be nearly 10 hours. "It hurt as much as I expected," the University of Minnesota music student said. "Pain I think is psychological and if it's to ends that I want, it's a whole lot different than if I was getting injured." She has to go back for a final session for two birds and some details. "I am happy about how it turned out," she said.

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