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August 13, 2014

la-la-loving-xo-tattoo

i have no tattoos.  i just admire them on blogs and pin them on pinterest.  i’ve always said i’d never get one.  it has just never felt like me.  but, sometimes i secretly want one.  lately, i’ve been drawing one on my wrist.  taking my favorite black inky pen and just drawing out a word.  the same word.  a reminder.  a promise.  if i ever got a tattoo, i’m certain it would be a word.  words are so important to me and carry so much meaning and weight.  i just worry i’d want to change my word from time to time.  and, i think my old lady self might not like a tattoo.

of course, today you don’t have to be so committal because there are super cool modern temporary tattoos that look real, like the “xo” in the photo above.  tattly is a fun place to look for designy ones and you can order really cool temporary tattoos on etsy.  there are even custom temporary tattoos.

here are two tattoos that i’m loving /

god's-peace-tattoo

god’s peace written in swedish

la-la-loving-tattoos

smile in swedish

it’s funny to me that of all the word tattoos i’m drawn to, and mimic on my arm, the two i post are both in swedish.

do you have a tattoo?  would you ever get one?

when i was younger i thought if i ever got a tattoo it would be super small (so that thinking hasn’t changed) and i would get lady bug on my pinky toe.  i’m so glad i never went through with that.

however, i’m loving the super small finger tattoos….and anything in pairs like this.

would love to hear your tattoo stories!

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12 Comments

commented on August 13th 2014 at 9:15am

I love tattoos as well, recently, just looking at them :) I have a tattoo on my back, near my shoulder I got at a biker tattoo shop in Kentucky when I was 18 (yikes) on a road trip. It is a celtic knot, or its supposed to be, eh. It took me years to get another, I started with one star on my foot, now I have three stars :) I do want another, but now I want to be positive, ha. I am thinking seriously about some sort of arrow tattoo on my wrist. Thanks, this was interesting. Kat

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replied on August 15th, 2014 at 11:26am

thanks for sharing, kat. so funny….i think that was my sisters first tattoo too…and that is the thing…i’ve noticed that people with tattoos keep getting them…. i guess it might be addicting… that makes me afraid to get one, cause maybe you just keep wanting more? :) ha. love stars and arrows! xo . t

commented on August 13th 2014 at 9:23am

i have 2….one on my left ribcage of the outline of the key to my childhood home with a ‘W’ in the head of the key. this is in memory of my father, who passed 3 years ago. my sister has the same one.

the 2nd is on my right ribcage. it is a lyric to a song and my friend’s name. she passed away a year ago and that song was playing in her hospital room.

i have ideas for 3 more, including my kids’ names…

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replied on August 15th, 2014 at 11:28am

hi pemora, the story of your key tattoo has me crying at my computer…the idea of the key of your childhood home is brilliant… i live in my childhood home and always wonder how i can always carry it with me, even after i leave it one day. i’m so sorry for your loss – both father and friend. but i love how you carry them with you….so beautiful. xo . t

commented on August 13th 2014 at 1:48pm

I have two tattoos – a small dragon on my right-side, lower back/upper buttock that I got during Mardi Gras ages ago (totally sober!) and the Om symbol at the base of my neck/top of back. I plan on getting at least one more. A small one that will represent my three beautiful children whom all have names that begin with the letter “a”. It will be the letter “a” to the third power on my wrist, so I can carry them with me always :-)

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replied on August 15th, 2014 at 11:30am

i love that . . . carrying with you always! thanks for sharing! xo . t

commented on August 14th 2014 at 3:13am

I have a tattoo … one small circle on my inner left wrist and I have been thinking about getting another. My circle is so simple and small, but it took just over 2 years to decide on it, it actually started as something large and elaborate and the longer I thought about it the smaller and more refined it got, then after another year of thinking about it I decided it was time! I dont regret it at all, and I know I wont regret the next one when I get it because Ive been thinking about it for so long! I love the swedish ones you are drawn to, is there any swedish back in your heritage you dont know about maybe??

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replied on August 15th, 2014 at 11:37am

nathasha, i love the idea of a small circle…does the circle have signifigance? i don’t have any swedish heritage that i’m aware of – i’m practically everything else :) the town i live in has a huge swedish community and i did find out this spring that my name is scandinavian. when i was in london, people kept asking me if i was from sweden. i kind of loved that. and, of cousre, i love scandinavian style. xo . t

commented on August 15th 2014 at 9:17am

I got a dove a few years ago and I still absolutely love it. It’s peaceful, just like it represents. You can see it here:

http://www.kristinakaye.blogspot.com/2013/06/my-tattoo_11.html

I love word tattoos, too, and I love them on the wrist. If I get a second tattoo, that may be what I would get! Thanks for sharing about Tattly!

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replied on August 15th, 2014 at 11:38am

love your dove, kristi. thanks for sharing the link. i love anything that represents and reminds of peace. hoping your days are full of peace and love! xo . t

commented on October 24th 2014 at 9:19am

I just stumbled on your site a few days ago and have been working my way back a bit and enjoying it so much. I just came upon this post and thought I’d comment.

I’m with you, I’ve always loved tattoos but have never really considered one out of fear that I would change my mind (also out of fear of disappointing my uber conservative parents). However, my daughter died very unexpectedly and on the one year anniversary of her death I got a tattoo for her. It’s so very special to be forever visibly marked for her, especially as we get to know more and more people who never met her.

I go into much greater detail on my blog (http://bit.ly/1nCkv4R), but I do find it a bit humorous that I, someone who was worried about the permanency of a tattoo, now has a multi-colored ‘facial’ tattoo.

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replied on October 27th, 2014 at 9:42am

hi damie, thank you for your kind words and for sharing such a an open hearted story. i love your tattoo….and that you are forever marked…of course you are by such a beautiful little life. i have a friend that lost her daughter and has a beautiful tattoo of her girl’s lips. thank you again for sharing….big hug! trina