My tattoos and their meanings:The first tattoo I ever got was a bird on the side of my hip when I was just 16 years old. I was on holiday in the Philippines and being a rebellious 16 year old that I was, I got a tattoo. The story isn't quite as bad as I'm making myself out to be - I didn't just go into a parlour somewhere and get one done - my mum actually paid for me to get one thinking that I would be in so much pain that I would never get one again...
I was young, 16, and had no clue about the world. I had just started a relationship that was going to be the worst relationship of my life (although I didn't know that then obviously), I was starting college a few months later and I felt like I was finally becoming an 'adult'. The bird is to represent freedom, and at that time that's all I wanted. I wanted to be able to live on my own, to support myself, to get away from my family. I wanted to be free from everything and just live.
The tattoo itself has be destroyed as you can see. Getting a tattoo on your hip isn't a good idea unless you've had children/don't want any. There's a HUGE stretch-mark going through it and the skin is too thin to get it fixed so I have to just leave it as it is.
Do I regret it? No. That tattoo represents the 16 year old me who wanted to do nothing but escape reality. Looking back at my teenage years has taught me a lot about myself and about life and even though I went through hell I wouldn't change it as it's made me who I am today.
The second I got is a tiny heart on the side of my hip below the bird. I got this when I was 17 in the back of my friends car. I would never ever advise that you do that. I was still rebellious and purposefully did things that would p**s my parents off. I got this as a matching tattoo to two girls who I thought would be my best friends forever. Sadly we don't talk anymore but looking at the heart still reminds me of them. The only thing I regret about this tattoo is that I got it in the most unhygienic and unsafe way possible. I'm just lucky it didn't get infected.
I got my next tattoo when I was 18, just after I had William. I did the 'chaviest' thing ever and got his name tattooed to me. I don't regret it though. I designed the tattoo myself so it's something that's more important than getting the tattoo artist to use their own handwriting. I was going through depression when I got this, and I think the part of me that was fighting the depression wanted to come out and be happy.
When I was 18, my dad was diagnosed with cancer and so I decided there and then to get a tattoo to honour him. This is the only tattoo that's on show the most and people always ask why I have a frog on my arm. My dad loved frogs for some reason (I mean yeah they're cute but whatever), the bathroom in my parents house used to be full of little frog ornaments. So I decided that a good tattoo to represent him would be a frog. When I showed my dad he loved it and it actually made him tear up a bit. Sadly a few months later cancer took him.
This is my favourite tattoo because of what it means and even though some people criticise me for having a tattoo on my lower arm where everyone can see it constantly, I wouldn't change it. This is the only tattoo which I see regularly and it reminds me of my dad every time I see it.
When I was 19, after my dad had passed, my family went out to the Philippines to see my mums parents. We went back to the same tattoo parlour as when I was 16, and my sister, my mum, and I all got matching tattoos. We got a tattoo of Snoopy and Woodstock to honour my dad. As well as frogs, my dad loved cars and Snoopy, and Snoopy seemed to be the better tattoo idea so we all got the same one, in the same place on our bodies.
When I was 20 I had started university and wanted to get another tattoo. I have always loved Harry Potter and so I decided to get the Deathly Hallows mark in the middle of my back. People have questioned me getting this - "What if you regret it when you're older?", "What if you don't like HP in the future?", "What are you going to do when Harry Potter isn't mainstream?" - mainstream? You think I only got a Harry Potter tattoo because it's mainstream?!
I will never not love Harry Potter. In fact I want the Dark Mark on my arm (I'm a Slytherin girl).
I've been judged for having my tattoos. People see me as a mum and think that I shouldn't have any. Why can't I have tattoos? I will get more and more and there's nothing anyone can do about it. This is my body and if I want to get a tattoo on my arm that will be on show if I ever get married then that's my business.
I'm not against those who hate tattoos, but I don't feel like I should be judged for having some. I don't judge others for not having some.I don't regret any of my tattoos. I've always told myself that I will only get a tattoo that means something to me rather than just because it looks good. This way I won't live to regret it.
Do you have any tattoos? Would you ever get any? Do you regret any that you have?