Tattoo Talk - My Own Experience•
No, I don't care what they will look like when I'm old. I will look frickin' awesome.
Yes, they do have meanings!
My first tattoo was my wedding date in dominos which I had hand poked. I think this is a great starter tattoo as it is SO much less painful.
A few years ago my husband and I separated for a while, and people smugly asked me if I regretted getting this permanent reminder of my marriage.
I honestly never regretted getting married, or getting tattooed. Even when we had our darkest moments.
It could have been because we clearly had so much love and affection still between us. (Although, believe me, it was hard to tell at times) But I think it was more to do with the fact that getting married at 22, and spending years in partnership with someone, was all part of the person I had become. The fact I got married couldn't be erased or undone, so I was OK with having a tattoo as testament to that time we spent together.
(Spoiler we got back together and had two kids, we haven't killed each other yet so I think it's going well)
For my next tattoo I was more prepared.
I wanted to acknowledge the huge step I had taken. I had to convince the tattooist (the very lovely James Robinson) to leave it sparse.
I could tell he was itching to put some more detail in it, but that wasn't what I wanted for this piece.
My last tattoo is by far my biggest, an Impala on my back.
I took inspiration from my Impala wallpaper design. This was one of the first illustrations that I felt proud of. It also became my first Wilful Ink logo. It was a way to mark the next stage in my journey to living a creatively fulfilling life.
I am SUPER picky about who gets to permanently mark me.
I am going to share with you some world class tattoo artists, starting with the gifted Eli Lucii next week.
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