Day 14 – What Tattoos You Have & If They Have Meaning
I think tattoos and piercings are a great way to express yourself. More so tattoos, but the principle still stands. It’s a way to express yourself without going out of your way to affect others around you, it subtly tells something about who you are and what you love. I feel like they both get such a bad rap but I’m a firm believer of each person to their own so you want to write it on your skin then you do you.
I do have tattoos. I got my first one when I was 18. I had so many ideas and it was difficult to pick what I wanted and how I wanted it but eventually, I figured out what would be good for me. I have four tattoos at present and 3 of them are book related, of course. My first tattoo was based on The Great Gatsby, one of my favourite books of all time. The tattoo is of the final quote from the book in a font inspired by the 2012 movie with Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby. Simple but perfect for me. It seems to be a theme I stuck with, simple design. My next tattoo was my Night Court emblem from Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series. This one is one of my favourites because of the Court of Dreams and what it means for me. The Court of Dreams became a strength for me in a tough time and represents so much strength in a dark time. Thinking about the court gives me chills, it makes me quite emotional, to feel the determination to live and live despite the world being against you. My third one was my first coloured one, of a rocket, planet and stars. I love, love, love this tattoo. It’s adorable and it makes me happy. This was an impulsive decision, very spur of the moment and a touch of encouragement from my friend. Decided to get a tattoo one day, two hours later I had a new tattoo. My most recent tattoo is inspired by Tolkien’s Hobbit and that one is of Smaug, similar to the style used to depict Smaug on the map in the book. I like how this one turned out in terms of placement because it sits under the mountains of the Night Court on my arm so Smaug is, indeed, the King under the Mountain.
I have so many other ideas for new ink and I’m very excited to see what will come next. I’m thinking of a sleeve of book-ish things because I’m nothing without the comfort of my books. They made and shaped me. My tattoos are a pretty important part of me, as I’m sure they are for many, but they are also important to me. I choose to write on my skin in a way that others may not understand but I understand it and in the end isn’t that really what matters? I am reminded of my strength, what keeps me going, and what keeps me happy.
Your body is your canvas so own every damn inch of it.