I love hearing the stories behind tattoos. I know many people who aren’t attracted to the idea or the look of tattoos, but for the most part, I enjoy them. It’s such a unique, personal and permanent form of art. Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of excessive amounts of tattoos (I saw a man in Dallas who had a sleeve, except it was on his face. What would you even call that?), but I love the beauty behind the majority of them.
ONE: FAIRY ON A PEACE SIGN
I got my first tattoo when I was 18-years-old. It was my birthday, and I wanted to get something that symbolized my life at the time. In high school, I had a few friends that teased me for sleeping like Tinkerbell, and I developed a mini obsession with fairies. I was a closet hippie and even now, I like the idea of world peace and equality. My first tattoo embodied both of those ideas. I got a tattoo of a fairy sitting with her arms back, her head up and hair flowing. She’s on top of a peace sign, and the entire tattoo is filled in with multiple colors. I got it back in 2007, so it’s in desperate need of a touch up.
TWO: DEATHLY HALLOWS
The meaning behind my second tattoo is pretty obvious. It’s the deathly hallows symbol from Harry Potter. My love of the series began in middle school. I was determined to not like it because of all the hype, but my teacher let me borrow the book, I fell in love and promptly kept the copy for myself. Those who grew up with Harry Potter like I did, understand the magic more than any other generation will because we were around the same age as him as the books came out. JK Rowling is the reason I love books. People who haven’t read the series think the books are just about magic, but it’s also about the awkwardness of puberty and growing up. It shines a light on bullying. It focuses on the importance and struggle to find your identity. It talks about humility, equality and how life is defined by the choices we make. Most importantly, it focuses on the importance of love and friendship.
You can do a quick Google search to see the meaning behind the symbol in the book. In short, possessing the three objects that make up the symbol makes you the master of death. As the antithesis to that, I like to think of it as a symbol for me mastering and having control over my own life.
I got this tattoo in 2014, and my eyes teared up when the needle was going up and down my spine. Yikes!
My third tattoo is the only one that I went to get by myself. I didn’t tell anyone I was getting it until the day of, and I had the lady at the counter print out several different fonts until the tattoo artist volunteered to freehand it. The tattoo is simple and only took about ten minutes to finish, but it’s my most personal.
This past year has been a struggle for me. I’ve been struggling to figure out who I am, what I want my future to look like and many other things. I know I’m not alone in this. Many 20-somethings go through the same thing, but I even so, this journey has been tough. I wanted to have a permanent reminder that every obstacle was temporary. I wanted something that symbolized what I wanted my world to look like and the attitude I needed to have in order to get there. I thought of this blog and how writing each post and connecting with other bloggers has literally changed my life, and I choose to get the word “bliss” on my right side.
Do you have any tattoos? What are the stories behind them?