The reason why I havent said anything is because im in the process of moving house and havent been online in a while, however as i sit with my many boxes i would like to say a couple of things just to clarify.
I asked my tattoo artist for an image of a ballet dancer, with some kind of Gene Kelly singing in the rain twist, and dds lyrics incorporated into it - I compose music for dance, as well as other music things, and generally adore ballet which is why i wanted a tattoo like the one i have. I got this tattoo in 2010, although had been thinking about it for around 2 years. To my knowledge my tattooist hand drew a selection of images, then presented them to me, and I selected my favourite parts from each one - which were then drawn in a final design. I was not there when the images were being drawn as she did them on evenings in her home.
Looking at the images side by side i can see similarities, however i didnt approach the idea with an image or a sketch - just a brief image in my mind which I verbally described, as i cannot draw. The last time i went to an afp show was in 2009, and the 1st time was 2006 when the dds played a festival i was at - before this discussion I had NEVER seen Audrey's drawing, on a sticker, in a collection of Audrey's art, or online. I genuinely had no idea that this was anything like her work, and if i did i would have more than certainly asked permission beforehand!! In the past, for example, Sylvia drew a stag which I asked permission to take ideas from for a tattoo (although this still has not been designed), i would not steal any ones art and claim it is my own.
I wholeheartedly apologise for causing such a stir, and most importantly, for upsetting you Audrey - I had no idea that the tattoo i have is similar to your work, and certainly did not steal it and if i had directly used your work i would have asked your permission.