I thought I’d explain in this post all my tattoos and their meanings that they have to me. I love tattoos. My mother who i love with all my heart has lots and has tattoos that mean a lot to her and in the last four years i have tried to follow. I have nine tattoos in total so far and have come to realise whenever i am over a hard patch with my mental health or am going through a change or a big life event after this I am more likely to get a tattoo after this event. I thought I’d show pictures and explain all of mine! I know in my first post i showed my most recent tattoo which received lovely comments which I appreciate and thank you so much!
I thought I’d just go in order of the tattoos i got…
Number One- Pingu
Soo, Yeah! Pingu! I promise they get more serious than this haha, Little pingu sits on my right foot. I went into the tattoo studio walked up to the desk and sat a picture of Pingu on their desk! Why pingu you may ask? Well i got this on my 18th birthday and pingu was simply one of my favourite childhood memories. I remember I’d come home from school as a child and sit in front of the TV from about 3:30pm and watch the same episode of pingu day in and day out until it was literally bedtime! Childhood well spent if you ask me! Penguins are now my all time favourite animals and i could sit at the Zoo and watch them for hours on end and am lucky enough to actually have a penguin that my sister adopted for me!
Funny story actually about my first tattoo experience! Many people told me that it would hurt so much, i wouldn’t be able to handle it etc and i was so determined to prove them all wrong and do it without embarrassing myself! So the artist sat me down on the bench i got myself comfy and the artist sat the stencil of the penguin on my foot and asked me if it was okay. To this i responded ‘ Oh my god yes! I love it! All my friends said it would hurt me so much and it simply didn’t thank you so much!’ To this the artist quite embarrassingly responded with ‘ Sorry mate, I haven’t started yet’. So yeah if that explains me as the awkward person that i am, Brilliant!
Number Two- Drama Masks
I love the Theatre! My favourite musicals are Les Miserables, Lion King, and Phantom of the opera. I always felt at home when i was performing and will definitely go more into performances i was involved in growing up! On my last A2 lesson at college i decided to get theatre masks on my left wrist. Theatre and music has helped me so much through the years and when i am going through a hard period or my mental health is suffering there is nothing like sticking on something like Lion King or beauty in the beast and sing along for hours long! Even though this is one of my first tattoos it still is up there with one of my favourites.
Number Three- A star
This is a star that is right next to my left armpit, and i simply got this because i love looking at stars, it is so calming and so relaxing and i was in the tattooists with my mum getting hers one day and i simply couldn’t not.
Number four – Queen Lyrics
My favourite song of all time is ‘ The Show must go on’ By one of the greatest bands of all time, Queen! Freddie Mercury, even though he passed before my time, is one of my biggest inspirations of all time, his confidence, his bravery, his talent and so much more makes him one of the greatest humans of all time. The song ‘The show must go on’ was recorded when Freddie was dying and not in a good way with his health at all, his manager said ‘ Look Freddie we don’t think you are well enough to record this song’ he said he was swung back a drink and completed the recording in one take! Remarkable!
I see ‘ The show must go on’ as a great metaphor for life for whatever happens to always carry on and keep going being who you are. Music is so important to me and a great resource when it comes to self care and i am still so pleased with this tattoo i have on my left shoulder and thank you Freddie for ever gracing this earth with your presence.
Number Five – Teacup
My parents have been absolutely everything to me! They have helped me through every single issue i have ever had, childhood, friendships, sexuality, mental illness, finance, care and so much more. The next two tattoos are in love of them and i cannot thank them enough!
The Teacup?! For as long as i remember my father has made me a cup of tea whenever i am home at night from anywhere i have been. Work, school, college, university, friends, anywhere! I will be home and there will be a cup of tea ready for me thanks to my father! He’s had a lot of practice and he makes an absolutely mean cuppa! I got this tattoo when my mental health deteriorated first year of university when i was going through a manic depressive phrase for months on end and was missing home like nothing else, I decided to get this tattoo and phoned home that night and stayed on phone for hours while they helped me and my health once again! If you’re ever lucky enough to try My Dad’s cup of tea, you are very lucky indeed.
Number Six- A ship
My Mother went through huge personal issues around Christmas of my second year of university. My Mother is the strongest person i have ever met, and i love her so much. No one helps my mental health or understands me more than my mother. When she got through her struggle and i was up at University by myself i knew i had to do something, I decided to get a ship on my left arm just above the queen lyrics. A ship symbolises strength, power and sailing through the high winds and waters, this is exactly my Mum and love my tattoos i have for my parents! If you love your parents and are reading this please, tell them, phone them, hug them, anything! It’s so important.
Number Seven- Lightning bolt
Okay! I’ll Admit it! This one is based on One Direction lyrics haha, I love One Direction! I have seen them live five times now! In one of their songs ‘ Girl Almighty’ there is the lyric ‘ I hope we stay young, stay made of lightning’. I see this lyric as needing to stay bold, Stay confident even through the struggles you face! It is important to do something that helps your self care and i am obviously not telling anybody to go out and get Inked up haha but i am suggesting finding something that you love and has a meaning to and will help you and your health every time you see it! Stay made of lightning everyone!
Number Eight – Black Kitten
I am going to more posts about how much pets can help your self care and your mental health because I truly believe pets can benefit your health in so many ways! Because i am rambling i am going to just explain that i have this tattoo because i have a tiny Kitten Named Scooby who loves cuddles and loves spending time with me, I love Scooby and got a black cat tattoo that looks exactly like Little Scooby. Pets are seriously so important and loving and caring and can tell when you are just not right and i love this tattoo so much.
Number Nine- Serotonin chemical
I have already gone into this tattoo on my first blog and it is my most recent tattoo. In March i ended up in hospital up at university after my mental health reached it’s lowest it had been in years. I was drinking, self harming, taking too much medicine, taking things out on friends who i have since lost. I went home to my parents who helped me and got me diagnosed and have got me on the path to recovery, It isn’t going to be easy and this blog is going to hopefully be helpful along the journey. This tattoo as i said before sits over some of my self harm scars on my wrist and i finally feel comfortable looking at my wrist without disgust at myself again, choosing recovery is so important and will benefit your friends your family but most importantly yourself! I look forward to sharing my recovery and Journey with you and hope to be as caring as i possibly can.
Congratulations if you have made it this far to the end of the blog, I could clearly write for hours! I would love to hear if you have any tattoos and what they mean to you! If you are taking the time to read my posts i cannot thank you enough for doing so and it it means the world to me! I hope everyone has a great day and i look forward to sharing more with you very soon!