Celeste over at The Reluctant Mom wrote about her love of tattoo’s and her desire for a tattoo that just never seems to come to fruition and it reminded me of a post I’d read by Pippa Tshabalala – There Are People With Tattoo’s… I am a person with tattoo’s… well actually, one tattoo to be precise, I am not a tattoo’d person. I have many friends who would be described as a tattooed person. It’s beautiful for me, I find there body art fascinating but I know it’s not for me, I’ll never be a tattooed person, I’l always be a person with tattoo’s. I got my first tattoo shortly after Ava’s placement. For me it was a right of passage, it was a deeply spiritual and emotional experience that marked the end of a very long and painful journey through infertility. I wear my tattoo with great pride, it speaks volumes of the person I am and of what I have been through and for that, I love my tattoo as much today as I did when I first had it done 3 years ago.
But what they say about tattoo’s is true, they are highly addictive and I can see how some people start out with one and within a couple of years, they’re covered. Heck, Walter started out with one tattoo and by the end of this year, his ink will extend from his left pectoral all the way down to his elbow, in all it’s purple and black and green beauty. It is gorgeous. For a while now I’ve wanted to have work done on my tattoo, I’ve wanted to extend is somehow, but for me, my tattoo(‘s) are meaningful, they’re not just a picture or a phrase I think is cool. So I wanted to wait until we’d had another adoption placement before having tough ups and extensions done on my existing tattoo.
Well the time has come and so next week I’m off to meet with Paul over at Handstyle Tattoo’s to start the design work on my tattoo extension. I want my tattoo extended right around my wrist so that it looks like a bangle/cuff made out of Cinquefoil flowers which in the Victorian area where flowers were used as a language, this flower represents beloved daughters or beloved child.
I also need to fit and H for Hannah somewhere in there and I want two little birds included to represent my two little girls, my hearts desires. And this time I want full colour in my tattoo, with lots of pink and purple.
Something like this but with birds instead of the butterfly…
And yes, it’s going to be sore, but it will be so so worth it, a couple of hours of pain for a lifetime of a beautiful reminder. And I’m so excited to see what Paul comes up with!
Do you have tattoo’s? Are you a person with tattoo’s or a tattooed person?