Why Tattoos Are A Massive Part Of My Life

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I’ve been thinking about doing a post about my tattoo’s for a while and seeing as I have nine at the moment (or eleven depending on how you look at it) you could say they’re a big part of my life.

I’m very unhappy with the way I look, I know my head isn’t in the right place to lose weight and generally I look at myself with detest but whenever I look at the beautiful designs which have been etched onto my skin it makes me smile. They’re that little something on me which I can feel proud of and like looking at.

My parents (mainly my mum) really disliked tattoos and they still do (although they’re softening a bit) and they were quite strict saying I couldn’t have one when I lived at home so two weeks after I first moved out when I was 21 I was booked in for my first one. I don’t have any massive tattoo’s but my first one is probably one of my largest and across my right forearm, I have ‘Never Give Up On Your Dreams’ written. Even five years later it’s still one of my favourite tattoo’s I have and it’s just a little reminder to always go for my dreams and never give up on the things I want.


Ever since my first tattoo I’ve never gone more than a year without a new addition to my skin with my next one being a small swallow on my foot (which was followed up by a duplicate friend on the other foot at a later date). For these there’s no real that I have these, I just like the designs and they make my manly sized eight feet look that little bit dainty. On my left forearm I have a small music note, a key and then an infinity symbol with the word dream written within it. To look at they look just like symbols but to me it reads as ‘Music is the key to my dreams’. Music has always been a huge part of my life and a massive part of what makes me happy and this is a reminder.

Across two separate sessions, I had different flowers etched on my outside ankles with a rose on my left and a heavily shaded daisy on my right. Then earlier this year when I was in Edinburgh I popped in to see an amazing artist I’ve been following for ages and she did this beautiful stacked book design on the inside of my right ankle which is one of my tattoo’s dedicated to my passions and loves in life. While there she also did a tiny little envelope design on the back of my upper left arm and the small red heart is so far the only colour I have on my body.

Finally is probably my favourite tattoo out of all of them and it’s my compass design which sits on the inside top of my left arm which again is an ode to a passion of mine; travelling. I absolutely love this tattoo as it’s been done so well with the shading and the design and just what it represents. Travelling is my escape from reality and my tattoo reminds me of that.

So that’s all of them. In less than two weeks I am booked in with an artist in Worcester near Birmingham for my next two designs and I’m looking forward to etching more designs on my body which will make me hate my body just that little bit less.

Do you have any tattoos? What do they mean?
August 18, 2016
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  • Sam Bresnahan

    I’m covered in tattoos. I am planning on many more. I want to be colourful because it hides my horrible bits and makes me happy :)

  • Ah I have one tattoo and I want to cover myself in them. I think they’re amazing and I hate it when people judge others. Also I would love to go get tattooed in Worcester, I’ve seen some fab shops there x

  • Ickle Pickle

    I always wanted a tattoo when I was younger, but I hate needles! I do like them still though. Kaz x

  • Elanor

    I love tattoos, but I’ve always been I little disappointed with mine. I was silly when I was younger and got matching tattoos with a now ex boyfriend… :/

  • TalontedLex

    I love hearing about people’s positive tattoo stories – I have a few and dislike most of them. If I could go back I’d probably not get most of them but I don’t regret them, if that makes sense? I love your compass – I have a *thing* for compass tattoos!

  • I used to really dislike tattoos but now I rather like them, especially the small almost delicate ones. Love your compass one though, it looks amazing.

  • I love the swallows and love to see them on other people, just not me!

  • No tattoos here – at 28. May have one, may not, I want to have something that is really meaningful to me. I know someone with more than 30 tattoos and to be honest she is a bit of an etch-a-sketch – but each to their own!
    My Mum has a swallow, think she had it back in the 90s,I had almost forgotten she had it until I saw yours! :)

  • Fashion Du Jour LDN

    I love that all your tattoos have stories or reflect your passions. Really love the three separate tattoos on your arm coming together to have one meaning – it’s beautiful. Excited to see what you have done in two weeks time – be sure to post about it 😀

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x

  • Beautyqueenuk

    I think it is your body, therefore your choice what you choose to adorn it with and I love how each one has a meaning. My mister almost has a sleeve and he loves it x

  • PrettyLusciousThings

    I love tattoo’s and have 4 but had them done when I was younger. One is not so good and in a prominent place so I might get it removed if they can do a good job. Look forward to seeing your new one in a few weeks.

  • Laura

    I don’t have any tattoos and I don’t really think they’re for me. I have flirted with the idea of having one ever since I was about 15 but theres always something thats put me off as Im so worried that I might regret it when I’m older. I really want to get one just to see what it feels like haha. I was thinking of getting my hubbys initial and a little heart somewhere I can hide. I love reading peoples tattoo stories, especially when they mean something xxx

  • Jo Wiggins

    I’m sad to hear you aren’t happy with the way you look at the moment – I’m sure you’re a beautiful person inside and out. I love tattoos and have 7 myself, all with a special meaning to me. Good luck with your next tattoo x

  • You shouldn’t hate the way you look I think you are beautiful and its lovely that you have these tattoos to mark rites of passages throughout your life. I like the book one the best x

  • I don’t have any tattoos but I can see how special they are to you. Don’t waste time not liking yourself!

  • Kacie

    I love my tattoos as well. I only have two and I don’t really like the appearance of one of them too much but because it has a personal meaning, I’ll never regret having it done :)

  • I love tattoo however i will never have one as I have an old classic style and it wouldn’t look right on me. If that make sense?


  • Sarahjane

    I love tattoos!! Yours are so pretty!!!! Please don’t dislike yourself in anyway!!!

  • Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️

    I don’t have any tattoos but I do want to get a couple X

  • Jessica Dearnley

    Your tattoos are lovely. My dad hated tattoos, but he warmed rather quickly to my first tattoo. I plan on getting a few more eventually.

    • Yeah I think my dad has warmed to mine but less so my mum x

  • Your tattoos are lovely. I have 3 and they all mean something to me. I am thinking about getting another one done at the moment. Just browsing ideas at the mo!