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:
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:
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:
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:
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!