WHY I DON'T REGRET MY IMPULSIVE TATTOO | BLOGTOBER 23

I've never been much of an impulsive person, but sometimes I do stray from my comfort zone and do things which even I feel surprised at myself for doing. One quiet afternoon while I was in my first year at university, in an act which was fuelled by boredom and a day off of lectures, I decided to wonder into town and have a little look around the shops. There wasn't much ambition in this trip. I probably just wanted to go to Boots and look at all of the makeup which I could no longer afford now that I was jobless and living on a minimal student loan.

Walking along the parade of shops which I was so familiar with by this point in my first year, I came to a stop in front of a tattoo studio which had a little sign in the window, advertising their new student discount rate. I'd walked past this shop a dozen times, but now it seemed a little more intriguing to me. I had no tattoos and a few peircings, but something inside me was willing me to go inside. Telling me 'you're a uni student now! Be impulsive! Just do it!'. So my feet carried me in.

The lady inside the studio was lovely and we got to talking all about her tattoos and my lack of them. We spoke about our interests, likes and dislikes. The studio was empty and she told me that they were open for drop-in appointments that day if I had something small in mind.

Now this is the point in my tattoo story which probably differs from the usual 'I've wanted this tattoo for ages and it means everything to me' stories. Although I love meaningful tattoos and I adore reading all about other people who's tattoos are gorgeously intricate and have a really personal message behind them, my tattoo story is a little difference to this.

I have a heck of a lot of photos on my phone of tattoos that I love and would really like to have on my body. And honestly, most of them wouldn't mean that much to me other than the fact that I think they're beautiful and getting them would be an act of me taking ownership of my own body in a very permanent way. I love tattoos with a meaning, but I think just the act of getting a tattoo itself gives it meaning. It's you being impulsive. Making a decision which is going to last forever and you know that you're going to carry through your life with you. It's a chance to be in control and alter your appearance. It's a reminder of a place, time and version of you.

So, I decided that I would stamp this day onto my body permanently, and I would take this lovely tattoo artist up on her offer to print her work onto my skin. After carefully considering what I'd like to go for, I opted for the small outline of a crescent moon on my wrist. Its eyes are closed and lips are pursed. He looks calm, mediative and beautiful. Every time I look at the moon, I've always felt peaceful and happy, and now every time I look at my wrist I'm reminded of that feeling.

When people ask me if I regret my tattoo or question me on what it means, I find it difficult to put into words. But to me, just the act of this permanent part of me which I chose to be on my skin, makes it mean something special. I think it makes my body look more beautiful and it's taken on new meaning since I got it. It reminds me of my uni town, the memories I had there and the freedom I felt there. I don't think there's such thing as a meaningless tattoo.


12 comments :

  1. I love this post and LOVE your tattoo - it's so cute! I don't have any tattoos but have always wanted to get one (or two or three...) but have never really decided on an idea. I've always been worried about what to get as someone once said to me "tattoos should always have a meaning behind them" and that has stuck with me. However, after reading your post it's made me realise stuff what other people think! If it makes me feel good and gives me more confidence with my body then that's a good thing.

    Just discovered your blog so going to have a read through now :)

    Melissa x

    www.memoriesandmishapsblog.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks so much! If you feel like you really want one, you should definitely go for it - who cares what anyone else thinks! x

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  2. He's cute! I think you're right, all tattoos have a meaning. You may not think there is one at the time but there will always be a reason you got it or a time/place it reminds you of which gives jt meaning.

    Steph x
    www.wanderlustpulse.com

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  3. I LOVE this. I have 4 tattoos, and people always ask me if there's any meaning behind them, and I've always felt like I'd be judged for saying no. I got each of them because I think they're beautiful designs. I also have a little crescent moon, on my right wrist, so we're a bit matching!

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    1. Yay tattoo twins! I hate the idea that other people need to know the meaning of tattoos - it's such a personal thing!x

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  4. Such a lovely post - I definitely agree, some tattoos are just beautiful and remind you of a time in your life which is more than enough meaning in itself! x

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  5. What a lovely story, I wish I was confident enough to just walk into a tattoo studio and walk out with a tattoo unplanned! It's such a beautiful tattoo too! Thank you for sharing your story Lauren!

    Tabitha x http://www.whattabithaloves.co.uk/

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  6. All tattoos have meaning, because the design was chosen and you decided to permanently ink it on your body! I think that's enough. I'm actually writing up a post on my tattoos... They all sort of have meaning, but the first two I got were definitely more 'I just really like it'. I love yours and I think it's amazing that you just got it on a whim one day haha!

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    1. I completely agree! And thank you, I almost can't believe I did it haha!

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