While some people have been surprised by my ink (like I'm not the "tattoo type" or something) I definitely am a tattoo person. But I'm absolutely not a random-tattoo person. I'm all about the custom designs and meaningful images.
This was my first, inked shortly after my 18th birthday (when it was finally legal.) I think of it as kind of the "where I come from" tattoo. It's a groundhog (because I share my birthday with Groundhog Day) holding a yellow rose (because I was born in Texas.)
This was my next one, done a couple of years later. It's also a custom design, inspired by a souvenir my brother brought back from a trip to Disney World. I loved the Mickey/Yin-Yang idea, and designed the rest of the band around it. It reminds me to always fill my life with love, strive to live in balance and harmony, and to allow myself to feel the child-like joy that comes from appreciating all of the wondrous things around me.
|Left Ankle (outside)|
|Left Ankle (inside)|
This was my third, and perhaps the most poignant, as it is a tribute to the son that my husband and I lost in 2005. I chose the lotus blossom partly because it's a very pretty flower, but mostly because of its association with death and rebirth in Ancient Egyptian symbolism.
And this is my most recent - my gift to myself on my 30th birthday. The butterfly, of course, is all about growth and transformation, which was going on a lot in my life that year. Not only was it a major-milestone birthday, but it was also the year that I had my third (and final) baby, and the year that I finally graduated from college. This seemed like an appropriate way to commemorate all of that.
So there you have it - the story of my life, in ink. I'm sure there will be more to come, eventually. But for now, thanks for joining me in my little walk down memory lane. :)