My Tattoos and What They Mean

My Tattoos and What They Mean


Surprise! I have a tattoo! Actually, as the title suggests, I have several. Yep, I kept that little secret all locked up so I could eventually bring you this post, and tell you all about them.

I have four tattoos. Here’s some information about each of them.

My first tattoo was:

John Mayer tattoo

I got my first one in 2010 when I was 19. It’s on my right wrist. Before I got this tattoo, I was completely against them. Not for others, but I never wanted one for myself. One morning, I woke up and said to my brother, “I think I want a tattoo.” His way of encouraging me was saying if I picked one, he’d pay for it. For someone who didn’t plan on getting a tattoo, I knew what I wanted pretty quickly. This was it.

It probably looks like a broken heart to most people but it’s actually a symbol from John Mayer’s Battle Studies album. Without going into full-on fangirl mode, I am a huge fan of John Mayer. His music has been an amazing part of my life, so this seemed a great way to acknowledge it. Plus, my brother and I are both huge fans, so it seemed a nice way to mark something that was “ours” – especially because he was paying.

Fortunately, we went down to the tattoo studio and I was able to get it done straight away. I know I would have chickened out and not gone back if I’d had to make an appointment!

Several years passed before I got another one, but I went from one extreme to the other. While my first one was only small, the next one was BIG.

My second tattoo was:

Dandelion tattoo

Let’s all just ignore the state of the bathroom in the background. I got it into my head I wanted a dandelion tattoo, but I wanted it to be different. When I found this image on Google, I instantly decided it was going to be my next tattoo. I got it done on my left forearm by a fantastic tattooist named Jack. Sadly, he moved back to Ireland, or I would have had many more tattoos done by him!

For me, the theme of this tattoo is time. The three characters in it represent time. So, the one waving the flag is the past, the one swinging on the strings is the present and the one floating away is the future.

Then, of course, the “dandelion clock” is another reference to time. I love dandelions. I love what they represent; being a kid and playing outside, blowing their seeds off into the wind. I also love hot air balloons, and one of the things on my bucket list is to go on one. By now, I imagine you understand why having this tattoo made sense for me.

My sister affectionately nicknamed the three guys “the jelly babies” and that’s what I’ve been calling them ever since. I have to admit, if I was ever forced to pick a favourite, this would probably be the one.

My third tattoo was:

Typewriter tattoo

This is tattoo number three, which I got on my right thigh last year, but I had been thinking of it long before then. This is the tattoo which I talked about wanting all the time, but I don’t think I ever believed I would get, and I think others had stopped believing I would, too.

When I found out I was moving to Aberdeen, it made sense to finally get the tattoo I had been talking about for so long before I left the place I called home. I wanted to get it done while I was still around the people who I had rambled on about it to, so they could see it in person.

This is to represent my love of writing, and my favourite book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The book had such a profound effect on me when I was younger, and still does now when I read it. The first time I read it, I was feeling a bit lost. I was going through what a lot of teenagers go through – I felt like an outsider. To read a book which made me feel understood was amazing. It’s one of the few books where I can vividly remember how it made me feel. Charlie’s character is still, to this day, the character I relate to most in any book I’ve ever read. So, it was always my intention to get a tattoo as an acknowledgement of such an important book. I knew I didn’t want words, but something symbolic, like my other tattoos.

Thankfully, I love typewriters and Charlie has his very own in the book, so it all worked out!

And, last but not least, my fourth tattoo was:

Taking Back Sunday tattoo

Finally, tattoo number four. This one is on my left calf. I actually got this done pretty quickly after I had the typewriter done.

It is, first and foremost, a reference to Taking Back Sunday, who I finally saw live last year, after waiting 10 years. I got this to commemorate that occasion.

However, I did also get it as a visual representation of endings and beginnings. It was done right before I moved to Aberdeen. At the time, I felt scared about leaving everything I knew behind, so I got this to remind myself that the places, people and memories would always be a part of me. Of course, I was going to have a new beginning and start a life with the person I loved, so it’s a nice crossover.

All deep and personal meanings aside, I am happiest when I’m by the sea and watching the sun rise or set above it is one of my favourite things in life, so there’s another reason this image is permanently on my skin.

I don’t know if I’m made of tough stuff, or if I’m just lucky, but most of them didn’t hurt too badly. Most of them look red and sore in these pictures because it was straight after I had them done. They definitely didn’t hurt as much as you’d think from looking at the pictures!

For now, I feel quite content with my collection of tattoos, but you never know, I could still end up with more!

What about you? Do you have any tattoos? Or, have you got any planned? I’d love to hear about them!

The meanings behind my tattoos

The stories behind my tattoos


  • Shevy 23rd May 2018 at 11:23 am

    Oh I love this post, thanks for showing us your artwork! I’m an absolute avid tattoo fan and I’m always a fan of other people showing their tattoos and sharing their intimate stories XX

    I have quite a few tattoos… over 80 hrs cos I stopped counting in the late 20’s 😂 My most recent is the completed chest piece that I have but I do have a tattoo post somewhere on my blog 😂

    Next up, the hands are getting tattooed!


    • ruthinrevolt 23rd May 2018 at 11:47 am

      Sounds like you have an impressive collection! I’ll need to check out your tattoo post. Have you already picked what you are getting done next?

      Glad you enjoyed reading about mine! 🙂 x

  • Mary Beth 23rd May 2018 at 11:45 am

    What great tattoos! Thank you for sharing your stories about them! I don’t have any tattoos yet, only piercings, but I have thought for a long time of what I would get. Like you, it would have to be something very meaningful to me. Maybe I’ll get one while I’m here in Korea!

    • ruthinrevolt 23rd May 2018 at 11:50 am

      Oooooh, you should! I’d love to see it, too, if you decide to get something done. 🙂

      Thank YOU for reading and commenting!

  • Fairy Kissed Daisy 23rd May 2018 at 12:51 pm

    I love the type writer one, I didn’t know you like Perks of Being a Wallflower book, its one of my favourite books to read but so emotional. I’ve wanted a tattoo for years and I know exactly what I want but I’m just a big wuss

    • ruthinrevolt 23rd May 2018 at 1:00 pm

      Aww yay! It’s such an amazing book. What do you want to get? 🙂

  • Shirley 23rd May 2018 at 1:06 pm

    I really like the typewriter tattoo!😊 I don’t have tattoos, but I really want one (or more). Probably a tattoo for my grandma because she died in December 2016 and perhaps a book-related tattoo too!😊

    Shirley |

    • ruthinrevolt 23rd May 2018 at 5:28 pm

      They sound like they’d be lovely tattoos! 🙂 x

  • Neve Smith 23rd May 2018 at 4:04 pm

    I LOVE THIS! and who knew you had all of these behind your lil avatar! I love love love the type writer and the perks of being a wallflower! Fab lil insight post here Ruth!
    Neve |

    • ruthinrevolt 23rd May 2018 at 5:29 pm

      I’m full of surprises! Thanks for reading and commenting, lovely 😀 xx

    • ruthinrevolt 23rd May 2018 at 5:30 pm

      I’m full of surprises, haha! Thanks for reading and commenting, lovely 😀 xx

  • Me and Ink 23rd May 2018 at 10:12 pm

    I love seeing people’s tattoo and what they mean to them. I love your tattoos especially the typewriter. I have never gotten a tattoo but I sometimes think about it, I just can’t decide what I would want. 😊
    Thanks for sharing.

    • ruthinrevolt 23rd May 2018 at 10:14 pm

      Maybe one day you’ll get one! It’s not a decision you can rush into, after all.

      Thanks for reading and commenting – glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • Manon 24th May 2018 at 9:41 am

    Your tattoos are beautiful and the meaninflg behind them is lovely.
    The typewriter is gorgeous.

    I have a rosary tattooed around my ankle. It’s the rosary my grandma gave me.

    • ruthinrevolt 24th May 2018 at 11:47 am

      Thank you. That’s such a sweet tattoo for you to have! 🙂

  • Zara 25th May 2018 at 12:22 pm

    Ruth your tattoos are GORGEOUS and I love that there’s something behind them. I’m a tattoo virgin (although everyone seems shocked that I am) I always worry someone will bugger up the tattoo and I’ll be living with regret over it. But lately I’ve been musing over them to showcase my growth.

    So totally broke though 😂

    Anyways I LOVE YOUR TATS! That typewriter one is amaaaaaazing 😍


    • ruthinrevolt 25th May 2018 at 10:29 pm

      Thanks beautiful! You should definitely get one, although I get that it’s not cheap, and it’s pretty scary to put trust like that in someone. Just make sure you do research and maybe go with someone who has done work for someone you know if possible! X

  • Menna Rachel 25th May 2018 at 9:50 pm

    Ruth your tattoos are amazing! I loved reading your stories behind them all. I always think the best tattoos have a story! I really love tattoos I currently have four, I really want another one currently finding the funds and a design for it.
    That dandelion one is beautiful! Thank you for sharing a part of you with us 🙂
    Menna x

    • ruthinrevolt 25th May 2018 at 10:32 pm

      Aww thank you for your lovely comment, Menna. What tattoos do you have? They are pretty addictive so I’m not surprised you’re hoping to get another, although finding funds is tricky. At least it’s a very long term investment, seen as though it stays with you forever! 😉 x

      • Menna Rachel 26th May 2018 at 8:45 am

        I’ve got two daffodils, a butterfly, a pair of ballet shoes and a semicolon 🙂 they are aren’t they! After I had my first one done I swore I’d never get another because it hurt too much! I went back on that one. That is very true! When I get some spare money I’ll start saving for another one. The next one could be much bigger than any I’ve had previously.
        Menna x

        • ruthinrevolt 26th May 2018 at 9:30 am

          Ooh that’s exciting! Can’t wait to see it if/when you get it done! X

  • Christine 26th May 2018 at 12:10 am

    Your tattoos are sooo cool! I like the typewriter. It came out so well! I have a black cat and The Little Prince.

    • ruthinrevolt 26th May 2018 at 12:26 am

      Thank you! Your tattoos sound awesome, too!

  • Tami @ The Inspiration Lady 29th May 2018 at 1:44 am

    All of your tattoos are so awesome! The typewriter is my favorite. 🙂 I also really love the last one though because TBS is my favorite band! I saw them live in 2012 and they were amazing. <3

    • ruthinrevolt 29th May 2018 at 9:55 am

      Aww, thank you. YAY FOR TBS! It’s so exciting to find someone else who loves them. 😀

  • Jessica - Queen Sapphire 29th May 2018 at 2:39 pm

    I really like your typewriter tattoo, it’s definitely my favourite. I have an anchor with roses on my wrist, a Victorian style key on the side of my arm and a pentagram on my leg (hoping to cover this one up with something in the future though) xx

    • ruthinrevolt 29th May 2018 at 3:34 pm

      Thanks, lovely! Your tattoos sound really pretty! 🙂 Well, I’m not too keen on pentagrams personally x

  • Julia 30th May 2018 at 1:42 pm

    Wow you have really impressive tattoos! I’ve always thought about getting a tattoo because a lot of my friends have them, but I just don’t want to get anything, if I get a tattoo I want to wait till I know exactly what I want! 🙂

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    • ruthinrevolt 30th May 2018 at 4:53 pm

      Definitely a good decision! You don’t want to be stuck with something you chose without much thought. 🙂

  • Kathy 8th July 2018 at 9:19 am

    I LOVE all your tattoos and the meanings behind them. I think I especially love the dandelion one. So cool! I personally do not have any tattoos but have been playing around with getting one that represents my love for travel. Let’s see. I’ll share when I do get it. Thanks so much for sharing this part of you with us.

    • ruthinrevolt 8th July 2018 at 9:26 am

      Aww, thank you! There are some really cute travel tattoos on Pinterest, so I’d definitely love to see yours if you decide to get one! 🙂

  • Darryl Johnston 6th September 2018 at 8:01 am

    I love your tattoos and their meaning. Very thoughtful. So cool!

    • ruthinrevolt 9th September 2018 at 10:11 am

      Thank you! 😊

  • Lacey Merton 9th September 2018 at 9:36 pm

    Love your tattoos and the story behind them all. I only have the one on my forearm that I got done last year. Would love some more in the future. Thanks for sharing

    • ruthinrevolt 10th September 2018 at 2:33 pm

      Thank you! Hope you get some more! 😀

  • Sarah D'Anne 26th October 2018 at 5:22 am

    I love your tattoos! Thanks so much for sharing them!

    I have four. My first one, on my left upper arm, is one that Mom and I got together. Ours are pretty close to the same, except her’s is one her right upper arm, and the birthstones are switched.

    I love tattoos. I am constantly looking at other peoples’ and coming up with more that I want (one is currently in the works. I just have to get the money to travel to the place I want it done).

    • ruthinrevolt 31st October 2018 at 4:56 am

      I absolutely love the fact you two have similar tattoos – that’s so lovely! I’m the same way, too, it’s hard to resist planning more once you’ve had the first one done. They’re definitely addictive.

  • Cian 19th December 2018 at 12:26 am


    • ruthinrevolt 21st December 2018 at 11:53 am

      That’s crazy, but awesome! 😀

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