On getting inked. Again.

Two years ago, I went on a solo road trip down the south coast of New South Wales and returned with an epiphany for a tattoo. I was 30, had undergone a major personality transplant in the 24 months leading up to the road trip, and well, the tattoo of the hummingbird was perfect. Inspired byย the tattoo, I also rebranded my blog a couple of months later.

Last week, I went and got inked again. The circumstances this time were a lot more different. There was no road trip or holiday involved. There were no epiphanies whatsoever. I had been thinking of different tattoos ever since the last one. Then lately, given that I’ve been feeling pretty crappy I just figured, what the hell. Let’s do something nice. Unlike most people who would probably go shopping or change their hairstyle, I decided to put myself through pain and get two tattoos.

I went to the same tattoo artist on a whim, talked about what I was thinking, booked an appointment, and sent her pictures that very evening. Before D-day, I told no one other than my sister. Not even Mr Imperfect because he’s not the biggest fan of tattoos or pain.

After 3 hours of being under the drill, I emerged with two glorious tattoos. On my ankle, I chose to get cats. My two cats. Cats were never on my mind until I saw Ashleigh’s tattoo. The meaning and symbolism behind it then really spoke to me. I especially love how cats symbolise free-spiritedness, independence and intellect. Getting Pebbles and Buttons tattooed was a no-brainer because they are my fur-babies. They have helped me so much through trying times. They are my life.

On my hip/back, I chose to get a dandelion. I had been thinking of this design for a while. Dandelions are really plain and considered weeds. But for some reason, in spite of being weeds, they are so pretty. I remember as a child playing with some and making a wish. Dandelions symbolise freedom, innocence, youth, magic, romance. For me, I took freedom, magic and youth as well as my own symbol of how something so plain can still look so amazing. I am also in love with the phrase ‘Perfectly Imperfect‘ and I had it tattooed with the dandelion to reflect both the image, and myself.

I am flawed. I know that. I am still learning a lot about myself. I am still trying to accept so much of myself. In many ways. the dandelion and the phrase hold a reminder that magic exists and in spite of all my imperfections, I am enough.

I won’t lie — the tattoos this time hurt a lot more than the hummingbird. The dandelion especially was painful! I dug my fingers in my palm and my poor palm was red for hours after. In the end though, they looked pretty. The pain was worth it.

Will I get another tattoo in the future?

Well, I won’t say no just yet.

Do you have any tattoos? What do they mean to you?

Do share!

***Linking with Jess for IBOT and Mackenzie for mg***

Until next time,



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  • Amy @ HandbagMafia
    7 June 2016 at 8:04 am

    I love tattoos. I have 6 or so. Some mean nothing much, one used to mean something and one means a lot.
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  • Zita
    7 June 2016 at 8:46 am

    Love them….
    I have my sisters initials on my wrist, I got that done a few years after she passed and was something I thought about for ages… I’ve also been thinking about a second tattoo for a long time and am considering getting it done for my birthday… A simple arrow, I like the symbolic meaning of an arrow, that an arrow can only be shot by being pulled backwards, so when life seems difficult and it feels like you are being pulled backwards it’s means you are going to be launched towards something new…
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  • Rachna
    7 June 2016 at 12:17 pm

    The tattoos do look good and it made a lot of sense to get the cats tattooed. I don’t have tattoos. Would love to get one but l chicken out due to the pain involved.

  • Renee Wilson
    7 June 2016 at 1:18 pm

    I love that dandelion. It’s gorgeous. It looks pretty big though. It must have hurt. I went through a period where I wanted a tattoo, but never went through with it and I don’t think I will now. #teamIBOT

  • Eva @ The Multitasking Woman
    7 June 2016 at 1:46 pm

    The dandelion is lovely! I think it’s so important that tattoos symbolise something for you. I have two. I have a mandala on my back below my neck. The lotus flower in the middle of it represents my life up to today. Lotuses grow up through muddy waters to bloom into a beautiful flower. It represents that tough times I’ve had in the past with pregnancy loss, post natal depression etc and how I’ve evolved and how happy I am today. My second tattoo is on my right wrist of an infinity symbol with my son’s name incorporated into it along with some similar design from the Mandala tattoo. Both are connected and represent my journey and how my son has pretty much the reason for who I am today. I plan to get a third tattoo after my daughter is born next month.
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  • Vinay Leo R.
    7 June 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Nah. No tattoos. ๐Ÿ™‚ The dandelion and the quote is lovely, Babby.
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  • Lata Sunil
    7 June 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I love the art in tattoos.. but don’t plan to try it on myself. Your tattoos look great.

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    7 June 2016 at 5:22 pm

    You are brave! I love the dandelion.
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  • Hugzilla
    7 June 2016 at 5:42 pm

    They are gorgeous!! I am pretty much the only person I know of the same age who doesn’t have a tattoo. I prefer to live vicariously through others. LOL.

  • JF Gibson
    7 June 2016 at 10:07 pm

    I love that dandelion and ‘perfectly imperfect’. I’ve often thought about getting inked, but I can never think of something that I’d be confident in having permanently forever! The only thing I’ve come very close to, was when Prince died. I seriously considered getting a ‘symbol’ on my wrist. Maybe one day.

  • Parul
    7 June 2016 at 11:19 pm

    I once thought of getting a tattoo and then there was another thought that a permanent thing like a tattoo needs more thought. Haven’t been able to decide since then. I love the dandelion. It’s beautiful. If I ever get one, it will be a quote or something ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Mithila Menezes @fabulus1710
    8 June 2016 at 12:08 am

    Tattoos? Maybe I’ll get one on my right hand when I grow up. But I haven’t given much thought to what design I’ll select. Or what words or phrase. There’s a lot of time left still ?
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  • Nabanita
    8 June 2016 at 11:18 am

    The dandelion is beautiful and so is the phrase..apt for you from what I know about you from your writing… I don’t have a tattoo and I’m not sure if I’m ready to her permanently inked but then, I’ve never really thought about it, so who knows? ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Vanessa
    8 June 2016 at 11:51 am

    I love the dandelion. I must admit, I don’t see the attraction of tattoos, but I can certainly see how others like them. I just don’t think they’re for me ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    8 June 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Ouch. But I *do* love the kitties!!!
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  • Rajlakshmi
    8 June 2016 at 10:24 pm

    The cats look so cute… I loved the dandelion… It’s so simple yet so much more… Beautiful selection…
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  • Ramya Abhinand
    8 June 2016 at 11:28 pm

    I somehow like tattoos on others… but can never get them myself

  • Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    9 June 2016 at 9:26 am

    I LOVE that!!!!! What a very cool tattoo! I got one literally the week I turned 18. I kind of regret it (only because it’s not what I would get now) but thank god I had the sense to get it where no one can see it!! Mind you, I’m always saying that I’d love to get another one… just something a bit more meaningful this time lol!

  • Sunila
    9 June 2016 at 10:03 am

    Beautiful tattoos Sanch and the meaning behind them. May they bring you joy. Dandelions mean a lot to me and my little one- ephemeral-gauzy magic, fly away stuff of dreams and essentially childlike innocence. I have always found them wondrously beautiful.
    I have been wondering if I should get a tattoo for a few years and haven’t got one yet ๐Ÿ™‚ If ever I do, the first one would be a sanskrit shloka around my upper arm or Chakra symbols.

  • EssentiallyJess
    10 June 2016 at 6:01 pm

    I love the dandelion!
    I have one and would like another, but I’m not entirely sure just yet. I’ll think about it a little longer. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  • Mackenzie Glanville
    12 June 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I really love the cats! They turned out great. I don’t have any, and I am not good with pain, especially willingly inflicting pain on myself so I doubt I will ever have one lol #mg Thanks for sharing
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