Life lessons

The latest edition of getting inked

Getting tattooed is addictive. Someone mentioned this to me some years ago and I didn’t believe them. Last week, I got my fourth and fifth tattoos. If you’ve been following this blog over the years, you probably know I got my first tattoo the year I turned 30.

Two years later, I went back and got two more. This time around, they hurt a lot more. Especially the one near my ribs/side. I thought that would be it. The pain of the ribs was etched in my memory forever. And to be honest, it still is {I refuse to get any more on my side!}

But then, after the year I had in 2017 and some of the stuff at the start of this year, I just knew I had to get another tattoo. Of course, me being me, I ended up getting two.

My tattoos have always meant something to me. They are symbolic and a reminder to me of either how to live or what I have overcome.

The tattoo I knew I wanted post-2017 was that of a Koi fish. It symbolises overcoming adversity and obstacles signifying bravery and courage. There is a lot I haven’t shared on this blog about some of the obstacles I had to overcome in 2017 and more so in early 2018. It required a significant amount of courage to reach out to people in my life for support. And I am glad I did. I also overcame my battle with depression in 2017. To be honest, courage defines a lot of things I have done in my life. It does not mean I am not scared. I have been highly anxious and yet, faced a lot of situations. To me, the koi fish is a constant reminder of my courage in life.

Koi fish on my left ankle

The other tattoo is a quote from Harry Potter along with a quill, ink pot and books. It’s not in its exact form but it conveys perfectly my love for writing, reading and Harry Potter in one sentence. I may have only published a couple of short stories and I may never have anything published ever but it’s not going to stop me from writing. It’s not going to stop me from bleeding words. Writing and reading are cathartic for me. Harry Potter saved me from a reading slump.

Harry Potter quote on my back right shoulder

I’m pretty pleased with how the tattoos turned out. The tattoo artist – Ashlea from Voodoo Tattoo – was lovely and very chatty which I quite liked. I loved hearing her story into tattooing and getting to know her. I should add, this time around, the Harry Potter tattoo which is on my back shoulder didn’t hurt one bit but the fish on the ankle was a bit painful. I think I might have forgotten the pain from last time because the ribs were worse!

Will I get another tattoo?

Never say never.  😉

Do you have tattoos? Do they have a story?

Do share!

***Linking with Denyse for Life this week, Alicia for Open Slather and Corinne for Monday Musings***

Featured image source: Pexels

Until next time,


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  • Felicity Frankish
    30 July 2018 at 10:35 am

    I’ve never been brave enough to contemplate this! Well done 🙂

  • Jo Tracey
    30 July 2018 at 5:47 pm

    I only have the one – a present to myself when I turned 40 – a koru. It was a symbol of transformation and change. I want another – and probably another…but, as I said on your instagram photo, I really love these.

  • Caz -Room For My Soul
    30 July 2018 at 7:09 pm

    I am tattoo-less. I kind like to same pretty ones. But alas I am way to scared to ever have one done.

  • Denise
    31 July 2018 at 12:45 am

    I had one tattoo when my husband died seven years ago. I now have about 15. Mostly on my back and inner forearms. I am 53. I love every one of them because they mean something to me, and I can literally wear my art. I agree that the side one was definitely the most painful! Thankfully, it is small, but it seemed 10x longer than any other one!

  • Kristin Alicia
    31 July 2018 at 9:14 am

    Love the new tatoos! The koi fish is beautiful. I considered getting a tattoo a few years back, but ultimately decided against it.

  • Vanessa
    31 July 2018 at 10:14 am

    I can’t see myself ever getting one. I just don’t feel they’re for me.
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  • Soumya
    31 July 2018 at 4:51 pm

    You are so brave! I know you have a couple of other tattoos and everything is so significant for you! I loved the meaning and the story behind them and I think they look lovely as well. While tattoos are not for me, I admire people who are so confident of having something “permanent” on their body!

    Feel free to get as many as you want, Sanch. Your body, your rules 🙂
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  • Anamika Agnihotri
    1 August 2018 at 8:03 am

    The tattoos have turned out really well, especially the quote from Harry Potter. It is beautifully done. Great that this one did not hurt. I cannot imagine myself ever going through pain and getting a tattoo. You are indeed courageous in many ways.

  • Denyse
    1 August 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Good on you for what you are doing that is totally full of memories and congratulating yourself on the many obstacles you have overcome! Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is: Countries I Have Visited. Denyse x
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  • Lindsay
    3 August 2018 at 7:49 am

    They’re beautiful and I adore that they truly have meaning to you and what you’ve overcame. xo
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