If you follow me on Instagram or have been a regular reader of this you will know that I have a few tattoos, and I love them. However, tattoos are a one of those things that everyone has an opinion on and it is not always positive. That's why I thought I'd share my tattoo story with you all
I have always loved tattoos, they were one of those things that always fascinated me. I remember every holiday asking my parents if I could get a henna tattoo and they said no every time. As soon as I turned 18 I knew I wanted to get a tattoo, I just didn't know what. I would doodle designs a lot and they normally looked rubbish, but I slowly gained a little collections of ideas in note books and on pinterest or tumblr, and I still couldn't make a proper decision.
I was 21 before I got my first tattoo, I don't know why I finally decided on my infinity tattoo, it doesn't mean anything really, I just liked the image. I was so nervous the first time I got tattooed, me and Paige went together, I was both excited and nervous, I knew people who had tattoos but they all had different experiences of getting one so I honestly didn't know what to expect. I'm not going to lie, it was a little painful, but it wasn't that bad and from that moment I knew this wouldn't be my last tattoo.
Now, you can imagine that my parents (who weren't fans of henna) were not particularly happy about me getting a tattoo, however, for my mum at least I think after it had been done she came to terms with the fact that this was something I liked and she supported me. My dad is still not a fan, but that hasn't exactly stopped me.I guess that is one of the reasons I love tattoos, you get them for yourself, it doesn't matter about other people's tastes or opinions, you just get it because it's what you want to do and I think it is a great way to express your tastes. I don't like all tattoos, but I'm not going to say to someone not to get something tattooed just because I wouldn't, it's your body do whatever you want! I hate the question 'What is the meaning behind that tattoo?', why do you need a meaning to get a tattoo?! I liked it so I got it, enough said really.
My next 2 were my four leaf clover and my Pieces star sign symbol. I got them about 6 months after my first and in the same sitting. I still got nervous before it, but I knew what to expect then and I think it was more excitement than anything. In contradiction to my above statement, these do have a meaning, I am a Pieces and my birthday is St Patrick's Day, so thought I would get something to celebrate that. I then got my paws in the following January cause they are cute. Finally I got my lotus flower and my XO this month. So I have had 5 in the last year. My XO is my best friend tattoo with Paige (yup we have matching tattoos, yup we are those kind of friends) and the Lotus flower just because. Out of all of them my Lotus Flower was the sorest, it hurt but I could not be happier with it!
I have been told countless times that I have to be really careful about going to job interviews with my tattoos and not to show them, I know I have to cover them up and I do, but I still don't think it is fair that some people if they see the tiniest bit of ink on someone that they judge them in a negative light even if they are the right person for the job. Why does having a tattoo make you any less intelligent or capable to do a certain job? I don't think that it is right, but I know that that is the way it is and there isn't much we can do.
I have made the decision to take a wee break from the ink for a while, I have 3 on my left side and 3 on my right so I'm even and I love them all. I also think I need to give my dad a break from the shock of me coming home with yet another tattoo. He really isn't a fan and while I know that's his opinion I still hope one day I might change is mind. Love them or hate them tattoos are always going to be a talking point, and I am all for a good debate.
What do you think of tattoos are you for or against? Let me know, and if you have any share them I'd love to see them!