30 October 2018

What does your tattoo mean? The ramblings of a tattooed blogger.

Growing up, I loved to watch Miami and LA Ink. Watching in awe at the people going into the tattoo studio as a blank canvas and leaving with these beautiful pieces all over their body. Each one of them had their own story to tell, whether it was a passing of a relative, a date of a birth or a piece of art they've wanted for years they always meant something and Kat and the team would create these lovely pieces which were literal pieces of art. I dreamed of the day I was old enough to get my first piece, I would spend hours on the internet searching what I wanted to get. I was still clueless at 18, the shows made it look so simple to decide on something so permanent, I was panicking that I would make the wrong decision. I was also scared of the pain, forever asking people if it would hurt and how much. The honest truth being, it depends where, how big and what your pain threshold is like. For those of you who are wondering, tattoos do hurt, I have a few stand out pieces which I felt like my body parts may just fall off.

It wasn't until I reached 20, that I finally made a choice, got booked in and turned up on that day and got my first piece done on my left wrist which meant so much to me, it was a beautiful rope infinity symbol with an anchor within and it says 'I refuse to sink'. It was about overcoming my struggles and working through the constant battle of my mental illness. To this day, I am glad this was my first piece as it is is so meaningful to me. On my other wrist, sits a beautiful rainbow coloured quill writing out the word 'believe', again this piece was a little part of something bigger in my life. 

I had the tattoos that had significant meaning to me, I wanted to have a bit of fun with the rest, and until I recently had my bunnies tattooed on my leg, the pieces I had were random, colourful and fun. Getting asked but "what does your tattoo mean?" is a question which always strikes me a little as there can be no meaning. I liked this piece of flash from my tattoo artists sheet, or I saw something cute on Pinterest and wanted to turn it into my own vision. I love coloured tattoos, small pieces built up into something bigger. Three of my tattoos are of bunnies which is my favourite animal, I have a few food pieces including a doughnut and the others are just random things I liked the look of.  

To me, my tattoos were something I liked at the time, and whether I turn around and hate them in the future is something I'll have to live with, but for now, I am happy covering my body in these pieces. The colour makes me happy and gives me something that brings out confidence within me, some of my tattoos I prefer over others, just like most things. The thought process behind each one is different and sometimes it really as simple as seeing something drawn up by an artist that you think would compliment your pieces and other times it can be something more personal like a pet.

The comments of what will those tattoos look like when you're old, or when you gain or lose weight, the honest answer to that is, I don't know. I may regret them when I am 80 or I may not, it's a new generation of tattoo lovers and I know I certain I will not be alone. Tattoos can symbolise a journey of a lifetime, and bring stories from within. They can also show some colour on your body. 

My tattoos mean something to me, to everyone else they probably don't. The same goes for most tattoos which are upon someone's skin. For those who like tattoos will probably enjoy looking at my pieces like I do theirs. I love looking at the cool pieces of art they've chosen on their body, and laughing with them about those not so good mistakes they made. It is important to remember that not all tattoos have meaning to that person, and it is ok to have one purely for the sake of liking the image. 

Do you have tattoos?


  1. I saw a funny tweet that said "my tattoos mean I had an extra $300 at some point." Hahaha, I agree. Mine don't have a vast amount of meaning either. Even if for whatever reason I end up hating me tattoos, your body is just a vessel, who really cares?

    Rachel || anotherstationanothermile.com

  2. It's so special when people getting personal tattoos that mean something. My sister and brother in law have lots of tattoos and I always find it fascinating hearing about the story that led to them getting each one :)

  3. I have 6 tattoo's each with a different meaning and love each one of them for a different reason. I think I must have a high pain threshold as I didn't find them painful at all...in fact the one on my ribs made me laugh (got called a weirdo by 2 men in the tattoo shop) cause I was laughing instead of finding it painful haha

    Claire || www.clairejoanne.com

  4. You know I LOVE you tattoos and you know I have them haha.
    Some of mine have meaning and some of them are just because I liked them. I have been lucky to find a shop where I feel comfortable and since then I have gone back quite a few times.
    It is a way for me to express myself, for myself.

  5. I have about 12 tattoos and I love each and every one of them and try to go for ones which mean something to me. I love how colourful yours are x

  6. I don't have tattoos - I'd always have gone for a little black cat one, but to be honest I'm scared of needles so it's never gonna happen. Love yours!

  7. I have to admit I have a real dislike of tattoos but two of my kids have them and I think it is more accepted to have them these days

  8. i love the pizza one ha! i think i should get something similar since i tend to eat so much of it. <3

  9. I love your tattoos! Especially the rabbits. I have a good few, some are really personal that I've designed with the tattoo artist and some I just randomly chose from flash sheets. A couple from when I was younger I really didn't like so they are lasered away or covered up now.

  10. I don't have tattoos and I am never getting them. But I love pizza one. It is cute, creative at the same time. It is a lifetime commitment so it always have special feelings I believe.

  11. I have tattoo's and what I've found that really blows some people's minds is that not all of mine have some super deep, insightful meaning behind them. Some are just because I like them/it/the piece. And that's totally fine! I have a fern tattoo because I love ferns, it's not for any other reason than that. x


  12. It's weird how people ask questions about "but how will you look" unless your piece is super-detailed realism, the chances are that it will still look really good if the artist did a good job. I love how colourful the tattoos you get are, I'm a fan of bright and bold myself. I'm glad you wrote this post because we do need to speak a lot more about how having tattoos nowdays is normal and a great way to express yourself and increase your confidence.