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Saturday, January 08, 2011

New ink.....

That is going to be my birthday gift, from me, to me! Its not the kind of ink you are thinking. It is not the ink I play with in my craft room all the time. I am talking ink...as in tattoo!

Yes, Mom, you read that correctly.....
(God help me!)

She has never been a fan of tattoos. But, this won't be my first...it will actually be my fourth. I have had my other three for several years. They are small and very cute and girly. It is not like they are big in-your-face tattoos. But I love them. And I love art. Tattoo work, done well, is an amazing art form. I have thought about getting a new one over the years, something more grown up, something with meaning. Two of the tattoos I have now, small dolphins on different parts of my body, do have a lot of meaning, to me. I got them after the first and second time I swam with dolphins. It has always been a dream of mine to get in to the water with these amazing creatures. It is such a moving experience to witness their sheer beauty, grace, strength, and size while in the water right next to them. But I had to stop at two. If I got a tattoo each time I swim with them I would be covered with dolphins! No thanks.

So back to my gift to me. As I mentioned above I have thought about getting new ink over the years but never followed through. Now that I am approaching 40 I think about it constantly. This will be the first time I am getting a completely original, designed just for me from my own ideas and rough sketches, tattoo! My brother directed me to a great local place...now I just have to make the appointment with the artist to have it designed then the next appointment to have it done!

I can't share what it will look like yet...because I don't totally know! Here is a hint, though...

αγάπη ζωής

It will incorporate, somehow the words above. Those are the Greek words agape, which means love, and zoi, which means life. Somehow I would like those incorporated in my tattoo, in Greek letters.

This new one will also be small. I am just not in to really big tats. It is going to be small, and feminine, and a little bit abstract and artsy. I would love to have it done in time for my actual birthday but since it is two weeks from today I don't know if I will. It is OK though. I know I am going to do it. My gift to me!

5 comments:

Christa said...

Wow...that is cool!! :) I have never thought of getting a tatoo...and my parents would probably kill me...but I would love to have a small one (in a hidden spot) that would mean something to me(maybe an angel)..just don't know if I would have the guts...

Staci said...

I love tatts! I can't wait to see what you have created.

I wouldn't mind getting another tattoo...

2busy said...

I want to get a small tasteful one discretely placed. I just haven't decided yet...

Aunt of 14 said...

I cannot wait to see... I've thought about getting a tattoo for the longest time. Ever since Michael died, the thuoght is stronger than ever. If you look under Mike Vii in facebook, you'd see a tattoo on his chest. Its big-ass, and he got that not long before he died. His first one.

I wouldnt want one that big myself. I would want a small one with special meaning and some kind of celtic knot design thingy.

Sandy said...

Coming from an untattooed woman, that idea is very cool. My sister-in-law has the best tattoo I've seen on a woman. It's on the inside of her elbow and it's a sun (her), a moon (her husband) and three stars (her children.) All very colorful in blues and golds. She's just gotten her first grandchild, I wonder what she'll do to represent her?? Is your new one going to be somewhere you can show us?