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My Tattoo's Meaning...
The lettering of my tattoo says:
"Like the Rose, Grow with Confidence, Blossom with Beauty & Live with Love"
The meaning behind the words is pretty self explanatory, but I'd like to share my personal thoughts behind this meaning.
Lets break it down!
A rose is a representation of love, serenity, beauty and more… Pink roses represent innocence, the innocence that will always be within us, the constant life lessons and innocent views of everything that surrounds us. We are children of the world, always learning as we walk the path of our lives.
As a child I was extremely shy, and because of that I felt like I limited myself in many ways. Having confidence gives you the strength to believe in yourself, to see your positive aspects and admire your self for the individual person that you are. Having confidence is very important to me, so I want to live the rest of my life feeling confident about myself and my way of living.
Getting a tattoo should be a really fun experience, and indeed it was! The staff at the La Ruche studio are such lovely people! So friendly, kind and caring!
During my first consultation on the 3rd April, they listened to everything I wanted to express about getting a tattoo, answered all my questions, showed me some of their previous work etc. The waiting list is very long as they are a very popular tattoo studio and there is only one tattoo artist. She is actually a miracle worker though, she can do anything!
On the day of my appointment, I was so nervous but they made me feel so at ease and discussed in detail the design and any changes I wanted to make etc. Everything was confirmed and I described and showed more examples of the colours and shapes just to make sure everything was perfect (the artist was so patient with me!)
Once she stuck the design outline on, I asked her to change the shape of a rose a little bit, make the bud smaller then move the whole design higher by a few millimetres. She was very happy to do as I asked, bless her.
Then I laid down and she started her work, I was happily surprised that it didn't hurt as much as I was expecting it too! I was trying very hard not to fall asleep so I wouldn't flinch as I was so comfy laid down on the bed..! Haha!
And after 2 hours, it was finally done! I was extremely excited and nervous to look at what would be on my skin forever! But as soon as I saw it I was in shock with how pretty it looked! ♡ The detail, the colouring, just everything was even better than I'd ever imagined it to be! I was on the verge of tears, I was so full of happiness!
I finally have the tattoo I have been wanting for so long! Words cannot describe this kind of feeling! ❀
My Thoughts Before Getting A Tattoo...
For sooo many years now I have wanted a tattoo. I have always admired tattoos but never really thought I'd get one due to the fact that it's for life, and seeing as I can get bored of things very quickly, I thought having something tattooed on me for life would be a bad idea seeing as perhaps I'd get fed up of it eventually... To me, tattoos are so meaningful, an experience, a memory, about a cherished person... I feel like people get them in order to remember something good that happened in their life, hence why I admire them.
In my first year of University in 2010, I thought more seriously about getting a tattoo. Transitioning from school to university felt like the first step of adulthood to me. Transitioning in to an adult world full of independence, freedom, responsibility etc. is a huge leap in life. At this time though, I was still trying to understand myself as a person, what I really liked, what really interested me and who I was. in 2010, I still didn't know, and I was still extremely shy as a person, so I didn't quite feel ready yet.
Not to mention the idea of going to Japan in 3 years put me off seeing as I knew Japan was a place that is quite strict with tattoos so I didn't want to limit myself in anyway what so ever with my experience of Japan.
A few years later, after returning to England from Japan in 2013, again I had the idea to get a tattoo as I had the most amazing year of my life experiencing the country I had dreamed of visiting for over 8 years, and I thought it was a perfect memory to get a tattoo about. This time though, the thing that stopped me was the idea that I wanted to go back to Japan, and also I couldn't think of a perfect enough design to represent me and that I knew I would love forever.
It was only until January 2017 when I was on holiday in the Maldives, a little scar I have on my back was on show when wearing a bikini and I didn't like how it looked. So, I decided tattooing over it would be a good idea. (Ironically I didn't even end up tattooing close to the scar but its healing nicely anyway and can't really be seen! Haha.)
I took the time to research the kind of design I wanted, what kind of tattoos are available these days and where I could possibly get one done. Thats when I found watercolour tattoos and I was literally blown away by their beauty! The colours are so vivid and beautifully mixed when applied to the skin, I knew I wanted something with colour, obviously pink!
Because of the beautiful array of designs and colours that can be done now, my possibilities were endless! And seeing as I love beautiful pink roses, and have new feelings about life after experiencing life in Japan for a few years, I decided this was the design that I wanted, And I know I will always love it as it is so meaningful to me.
And thats how I came to decide to finally get my tattoo!