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.