Growing up, I never thought that I would ever be a tattoo person. For a long time, I let the cultural values associated with heavy ink and noticeable piercings seep into my own identity, until I was able to see how silly those negative connotations are.
I’m glad I did.
Tattoos, like any kind of art, are a form of self-expression. The medium is just on skin rather than canvas, with ink instead of acrylic. Whether tattoos are filled with meaning and sentiment or are simply an aesthetically pleasing design, I love how they decorate the body and give a peek into who someone is.
Right now, I’ve got two tattoos: a collection of arrows, and a mountain range. My mom drew my eclectic group of arrows, and the mountains are a constant reminder of where my heart is.
I’ve got several more ideas loaded and ready to go. They are pricey (for good reason!), and a little low on my list of purchase priorities. However, when the time comes, these are the tattoo ideas I’m looking at.
Sunshine, of Course
My next tattoo is going to be a sun. It’s pretty on-brand, and something that I have wanted for quite some time. I am inspired by this minimalist design, and would love it on the underside of my forearm.
A Little Latin
I have always enjoyed the three-word Latin phrase, “veni vidi vici,” which translates to “I came, I saw, I conquered.” However, I wanted to tailor the phrase more to me.
Veni. Vidi. Amavi. (I came. I saw. I loved.)
I’m not sure on the placement yet, but I’m expecting this to be a very small tattoo to tuck away somewhere.
Here’s a tattoo idea that’s actually on the meaningful side. Honoring my parents is important to me. To do so, I’ve decided to take a line from their wedding song—”Heaven” by Bryan Adams. “Love is all that I need.”
I love the look of a bundle of wildflowers. For our wedding, we used wildflowers native to Colorado to designate the seating chart, and my mom drew beautiful place cards for each. I’d love to use some of these designs for a tattoo, located on the side of my rib cage.
My Favorite Painting
I’m a little nervous about this, but I’ve decided that I would like to do a larger design, maybe a quarter sleeve, with a loose interpretation of my favorite painting. I want to have Gustav Klimpt’s “The Kiss” translated on my left upper arm. I don’t know when I’ll gain the courage, but I would love to have this art transcend mediums and be a permanent part of me.
I’m always open to matching tattoos with people I love, as long as they aren’t as outright as their name with a heart outline running through. If my mom or best friend wanted in on a shared design, I would do it in an instant.
I would also love to someday honor Chad and our relationship through a tattoo, but I’m not sure yet on how that would look. The odds are low on a matching piece (Chad doesn’t have any tattoos and maybe never will, which is perfectly okay).
It’d be cool if it was star-related, or some kind of abstract design that we both appreciate. One idea is the phrase “I count you twice,” which alludes to “when I count my blessings, I count you twice.” The possibilities are open on this one, and I’m always looking for inspiration and feedback.
I’d like to somehow incorporate a sweeping floral design somewhere, but I’m not yet sure how to work it out. This might just be an idea that stays on my Pinterest board but never comes to life on my own body.
On my list of financial priorities, first comes a house, then a doggo, then a chunk of my student loans. Tattoos lie somewhere off in the distance, maybe as a birthday treat or a reward for meeting other goals. They are something to look forward to, and a definite exercise of creativity.
Do you have any tattoo ideas stashed away for the future?