my favourite tattoo

It’s been a bit of a shit week truthfully but I came across a posting that pushed aside the ugh for a little bit. It was a question on one of my favourite things–tattoos.

Eve, at Revenge of Eve has begun a new series called “What’s Your Favorite?”(#wyf) Go ahead and visit her blog to participate! The first question, as you can see from my title, is “What’s your favourite tattoo?”

When someone asks me to tell them about my tattoos I’m not sure why, but it feels sort of like a strange request. They are there, and I don’t really hide them, but I don’t often talk about them either. Or rather, I don’t talk about what they mean to me. But, I absolutely love the idea of Eve’s blog post and just had to go along with it!

I currently have 7 tattoos and they certainly won’t be the last. I have never felt the need to get a tattoo or piercing because one of my friends decided to do it. I never wanted to do it because I had a need to feel ‘cool’ or to fit into a group of people. The majority of my friends do not even have tattoos. I don’t drink. I don’t smoke. I don’t do drugs.

So why do I do it? Because I like it. Because it hurts. Because it makes me feel alive. Because sometimes getting a tattoo keeps me alive. No one can take it away from me. My skin is mine to keep forever. What I have inscribed on my skin can be mine and solely mine till the end of my days. We are all living beings with souls and at some point we are finally in control of our own decisions.

When I sat down to think about my favourite tattoo it wasn’t hard to know which one to pick. The white has faded and isn’t as stark as the picture shows (this was taken right after it was finished) so it isn’t quite as bright as seen anymore.

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Favourite Tattoo

I’ve had it just over a year but it by far holds the most meaning, took the longest to design and was the second longest to get done (6.5 hours in total). It is placed on my inner forearm and runs from just above the elbow joint to about 2 inches above my wrist.

I think, or maybe I hope, that everyone can at some point in their life, have someone who is their ‘person’. My person was my maternal grandfather and the entire tattoo is based on my memories of him. It helps me remember him when my mind travels away. He died suddenly at the age of 59. I was 11. I saw him on a Friday evening and by Saturday morning he was dead. I remember hiding in the trees, feeling like the one person who would save me from the chaos of my life, had left me. I’m not quite sure I’ve ever really gotten over it. Maybe he is the person I am always trying to replace.

I always knew I would one day get a tattoo that represented him but it took a while to think of a way to bring everything together. The wait was definitely worth it though. My grandfather was born in 1927. I was born in 1975. As the main focus of the tattoo I picked a rabbit. The rabbit is the year we both fall under according to the Chinese zodiac and it also fits into the nature aspects I was hoping to capture. Parts of the feet are swirled like wood, to represent our mutual love of trees. Nature is prominent within the tattoo—pine trees, rocks, water and deer antlers (he was an avid hunter). In the water, between the rocks are the years 1975 and 1927. In the middle of the rabbit is a campfire, because we both loved camping and he would always make a fire and sing to me. In the sky are the constellations Gemini (for me) and Sagittarius (for him). My tattoo artist added the Marilyn Monroe dot just for fun and I think it works.

There’s just something about tattoos that I love and this one in particular is more than preserving something for eternity; it is much more than just a picture. It is about continuing with life, feeling as though he never left my side.

4 thoughts on “my favourite tattoo

  1. I LOVE it and it’s meaning is beautiful. I am a Sagittarius as well. 🙂 thanks for participating. Every Monday will feature #wyf, I hope you continue with the series.

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