Here is a bit of trivia about my tattoos, I recently got my 5th one and wanted to share the experience of being tattooed as well as my reasons behind each individual one. Now, whether or not you like tattoos they have become a huge part of society. Big ones, small ones, colour, monochrome, words, pictures... they're for everyone because they can be completely personalised, you can have whatever you want inked into your skin. However, it's not a decision to be taken lightly as they are a permanent addition to your life, some people seem to forget this, just watch Tattoo Fixers. The best way I can describe it is uncomfortable, I believe my dad actually said he thought it was like being scratched with a compass (like you used to get in those school maths sets). That is the most accurate description I have found so far!
Now I am going to start with my latest tattoo, if anyone reads this blog then you'll know in the last couple of years I have become something of an outdoors enthusiast. Climbing 7 mountains in the last 12 months, not to mention the countless walks, camps and hikes I have been going on. This tattoo I've placed next to my 2nd one, combining the two together kind of. As you can see below, the latest addition to my collection is a little mountain range, this is supposed to represent both a literal and metaphorical message. I have climbed a lot of mountains but also overcome obstacles in my life, which I am sure everyone has. The physical accomplishment of climbing a mountain gives me a great sense of self worth & confidence, I intend on continuing to travel and challenge myself more as I grow, so it was a perfect choice! The little ankle swallow sat next to the mountain I got at 18. Now this one was because I wanted to travel & at the time living in a small town I felt very confined. This was an inspirational tattoo, it definitely did inspire! I've travelled to America, Germany, Dublin, Canary Islands and around the UK, but don't plan on slowing down anytime soon! Just wait for the countless trips next year I want to check out a lot more of Europe and potentially do a few weeks travelling from city to city. I promise to share those experiences on here with you.
Tattoo number 4 I had done about 6 weeks ago. This one is a combination of my love of Disney growing up and an important realisation that you can't count on many things in life, but your family are important. No matter how little or broken, family means nobody gets left behind...
Have you worked it out yet? (The pictures a big give away). It is of course stitch, my one and only colour tattoo, he is a reminder of how much my mum, dad and sister have been there for me. We don't have the largest family, but we're there for each other. I've lost friends over the years, people go but you don't really forget them. Lilo says 'If you can want to leave you can, I'll remember you though. I remember everyone that leaves.' The messages in this film really stay with me. If I had to choose a spirit animal, it'd be Stitch.
My 3rd tattoo was emotional & impulsive. It is extremely personal because it's a selection of lyrics by the favourite band of a person I used to be really close with, I'm purposely being vague in case you were wondering, I don't want to go into too much detail. This person meant a lot to me and so I got it done as a reminder of all the good times we had, its kind of bittersweet I suppose but I don't regret getting it done, I like to think i never regret any decisions I make. I actually went to see the band 'Deftones' live this year, they played Rosemary & they were awesome.
I don't actually have a good photo of my first tattoo but it is a little tribute to the Manchester band Take That. This may seem cheesy to some but I got it on my 18th birthday, at the time I was quite overweight & did it because I was trying to find a way to love my body. I didn't really like myself, but by putting a tattoo onto my skin of something I really loved, it gave me away to control how I felt. The band were also a massive part of my life growing up, they were something I shared with my mum & the first band I ever saw perform live (I will update with a picture once I take one, it's in an awkward place).
For now I don't plan on getting anymore tattoos, I have always advocated I don't want them on a lot of parts of my body, especially anywhere visible because for me they are a personal note of my life experiences. However, when I do Trek America in October it will be my first time flying solo (literally) to another country and so I would like to document it whilst in LA, with a little trip to a tattoo parlour. We shall see if I get chance to get myself a little inked memento.
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Aby, 24. Northerner.