After years of searching, I think I may have finally found my tattoo via the photography in this beautiful blog by Jeana Sohn. She is a wonderful artist living in Los Angeles, California. I came across her work via another favorite blogger: Anchors Adrift.
"A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition." ~V. Vale and Andrea Juno, Modern Primitives