I love tattoos. I love the beauty of artwork on someone’s body, I love the sentimental meanings behind them, and I love the sting of the needle while I’m getting them. Some people don’t enjoy the actual process of it being done, but to me it’s actually a bit relaxing. Your body reacts to the pain by releasing endorphins and it promoters a euphoric, relaxation feeling. Maybe that’s just me.
I thought I would share my tattoos with you and talk a bit about what they mean to me
I got this when my daughter Hailey was 5 years old. It’s on my upper back just below my neck. I had no idea what I wanted, but I knew I wanted her name and some sort of design. I saw this pattern of hearts in a book at a tattoo shop, and when I brought it to the shop where I was going to have it done, they added the swirls to give it some more dimension. Then I had to choose colors. Again I had no idea what I was doing, but I went to google and started looking up star tattoos. Pink was her favorite color, and mine is purple so that is the color scheme I went with. A couple of years after I got it, I decided I didn’t really like the design. But actually, I’m happy with it and would never change it. It’s just a symbol of what I wanted at the time of getting my first ever tattoo, and it was designed with my little girl in mind. So it’s very special to me, being my first.
Because I’m a Christian, I wanted something to represent that, but I wanted it to be an artistic play on a cross. Lots of google image searching led me to this beautiful design. Most people don’t see it as a cross at first glance, but I love the lines and the way it wraps around my ankle. In fact, my husband thought it was a butterfly when we were first dating, and others think it is other things, but I know it’s a cross and that is what matters.
Around the time I got this, I had gone through a rebellious time on my walk with God. I turned away and wanted to do what I wanted to do. I told myself that I was going to put my Christianity in a jar on a shelf and take a break from it. But anyone who is truly a Christian can understand that when you have the Holy Spirit living in you, He won’t let you just walk away. The guilt started to settle in, the fear of what I was getting myself into, and the draw back to Jesus was growing strong. He came after me as in the parable of the lost sheep.
4 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? 5 And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders 6 and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’
At that time I repented and submitted back to Him. The fitting thing to do was to get a verse from my favorite bible story on my wrist. It’s from Jesus forgiving a sinful woman
47 Therefore I tell you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much. But he who is forgiven little, loves little.” 48 And he said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” 49 Then those who were at table with him began to say among[a] themselves, “Who is this, who even forgives sins?” 50 And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”
I grew up in the Northshore of Boston, having the ocean within a very short driving distance from my home. We spent so much time at the beach when I was growing up, and the ocean, to me, became a symbol of peace and tranquility. If I was having a bad day, I could drive to the ocean, sit and admire it, and things just felt calm. When I moved to where I am now, I hadn’t realized how deeply I would miss the ability to see the ocean whenever I wanted. It isn’t so far that I can’t go visit, but it’s much farther than what I was used to. This anchor is something that reminds me of the ocean and it’s beauty. I think anchors are beautiful. They have many meanings behind them, one of which is Jesus being the anchor to our soul.
Ok I’m obsessed with Disney World. I went several times as s child, but have very little memory of that. I grew up with Disney movies and they are so nostalgic to me. The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin, etc. My dad decided he wanted to take my daughter there a few years ago, and he invited me along. It truly was the most magical place I had ever been in my life. Everywhere there, you are surrounded with childhood nostalgia. They are so good at creating a feeling in addition to an experience. When I am there I feel so happy and just love to take in the “magic” surrounding me. We went again another 3 years in a row. I just want to go back again and again. It is so amazing that it can take me out of my own reality, and place me in this majestic, childhood dream of a place.
One of the things about Disney, is that there are “hidden mickeys” throughout their parks, cruise ships, etc. it is something that Walt Disney wanted incorporated. I got the tattoo as a hidden Mickey. Just a small, quaint, slightly unnoticeable Mickey. I love it!
Back to the anchor…..ok so apparently it looked very much like a Navy tattoo. I get it. I work at a veteran hospital, and I was being asked daily if I was in the Navy. As much as they were innocently, and justifiably assuming it, it was getting so annoying!! I made the decision to add to it so it would truly represent my love for the ocean. I took an extremely long time to come up with ideas on how to change it. I sat down with my tattoo artist and together we came up with this. I absolutely love it. It’s perfect and beautiful.
I’m not anywhere near being done with getting tattoos, but they are very expensive. I have ideas and I plan to get more done as soon as I feel it’s the right time to invest more money into it. I would love to hear about or see what others have for tattoos. What are your thoughts on the “pain” of getting them done?