I’ve recently updated my blog logo and have received lots of compliments about the design. I thought I’d take this opportunity to explain it to you all…
The logo itself is my tattoo. I’ve always wanted a tattoo but growing up, I knew there was no way my parents would ever allow it. I remember I would sit doodling tattoo designs and the good ones made it to my arm (in pen)… Until my mum saw and I would get told to wash it off.
But after I got married, I didn’t need mum’s permission anymore – I was free to do as I pleased. And of course my husbands always supported my choices (as long as they aren’t too extreme!) But I waited…
Getting a tattoo isn’t a simple decision to make. Your marking your body with a design which you will then need to be happy with and appreciate for the rest of your life. I know nowadays you can have a tattoo removed by laser or you can add to the design to make it different but that’s another painful process, so it’s better to be sure.
I wasn’t sure… For years I played around with designs, researched other peoples designs and watched all these tattoo shows on Sky TV.
Finally, for my 30th birthday, I designed and got my very own tattoo…
And it hurt!!! Much more than I was expecting it to! But I loved it! So I guess the pain was worth it. It runs down the inside of my lower arm, isn’t too big but is definitely noticeable. Even my mum likes it!
What does it stand for, you may be wondering?
The four hearts on it are my family. N – hubby’s initial, P, V & M – kids initials. And they are all linked together with the S – my initial. So Basically, I am the link that holds my family together.
Only I cant have any more kids because that’ll mess up my design
The funny thing is, now I’ve had one, I want another… Maybe for my 40th birthday? Just need to come up with another design.
Whilst doing some research on tattoos, I found some very interesting facts. Check out my top 10:
1. The Latin word for tattoo is ‘Stigma’. “And the meaning of stigma in case your not sure is – ‘a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality or person’. – So what does that say about tattoos?”
2. Urine was sometimes used to mix tattoo colour! “Ewww! Let’s move on!”
3. Tattoo is one of the most misspelled words in the English language, often spelt ‘tatoo’. “Thank god for spell checker! Yes ok, I’m not the best speller!”
4. Getting a tattoo involves the skins being pierced between 50 and 3000 times per minute! “I’m just glad it’s so quick otherwise another name for that would be torture!”
5. The most painful places to have a tattoo are over a bone, such as your ankle, collar bone, chest, ribs and spine. “Might have to reconsider my next tattoo then, wanted 1 on my ankle!”
6. A quote from Johnny Depp – ‘My body is my journal and tattoos my story’. “And you are a great man.”
7. The most popular tattoo images are angels and hearts. “Figures! I’ve got 4 hearts on 1 tattoo.”
8. A tattoo is etched in the dermis which is the second layer of the skin. The cells of the dermis are more stable than those of the epidermis (the outer layer). “That’s the science bit out of the way.”
9. The area of a tattoo where the colour has faded is known as ‘holiday’. “A never ending holiday because it wont return!”
10. The word “tattoo” comes from a Polynesian word “ta” (“to strike”), it describes the sound of a tattooing spike being knocked on skin! “I’ll give that method a pass!”
Have any of these facts changed your opinion on tattoos?
Another interesting bit of research I came across states, there are more woman getting tattoos than men. Women are also removing more tattoos than men!!! Everybody knows – A woman has the right to change her mind!
So your turn… Have you got a tattoo? And is there a story behind it? Are you thinking about getting one but cant decide?
Let me know by leaving a comment below.
Waiting to hear from you…