Rambling

Tattoos and Musings

It’s been awhile…


It’s been a good stretch since my last post, and this is turning more into a diary than it is a blog. I haven’t shared it with anyone yet and I’m not sure why. But enough talk about that…

Tattoos! Love them or hate them? I, for one, love them! My mother, on the other hand, hates them, so naturally, I have a few. I actually have 6 in total (must be my lucky number!) 

I recently gained two new additions taking my tattoos up to six, and here they are…

A quote on my left arm…



A cat and paw prints behind my right ear…



Trust


I have been thinking about and designing these tattoos for a long time, it’s a nerve-wracking experience to trust a total stranger to mark you forever. That’s basically what you do when you get a tattoo. You trust that the person sticking the needle into your skin is going to do a good job…

And I hit the jack pot at New Skin Tattoo in Abergele, Tarina was the incredible artist who helped make my design into something beautiful! It was like she literally plucked it out of my head and knew exactly what I wanted. If it sounds like I’m gushing it’s because I am – if you’ve had a tattoo and are happy with the end result you know the relief I’m feeling, and the happiness and validation that trusting Tarina was a good idea!


Quotes and Mental Health


I can’t even explain how happy I am, the quote, as you may know, is from the famous poem Invictus. A favourite of mine, and it is also a mantra of people who suffer from mental illness, and I count myself in that number. The semi-colon that breaks the sentence is also a sign of respect for mental illness sufferers, symbolising a break in the journey, a place to stop and take stock but not the abrupt end a full stop has. This tattoo is extremely close my heart, as someone who can’t sometimes leave her bed, let alone the house and engage in “normal” social behaviour, seeing this quote every day will remind me that I am in control. Not my anxiety or depression, me. And I can get up, and I can talk to people and be okay. 


Cats


The cat tattoo is just a cute thing because I love cats! Not every tattoo has to have a story – it’s partly in respect of our first fur-baby Sherlock, who passed over the rainbow bridge at 11 months old, nearly 3 years ago. And partly in respect of my current kitties! So I guess it has a little story…

And that ladies and gents is tonight’s post about tattoos – with a little musing and rambling thrown in! 


No my mum was not pleased with them, and it hurt a little to hear that, especially after what they mean to me. But you know what? It’s okay. I am, after all, the master of my fate and the captain of my soul…

Much love

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