My Ink: I’m a Girl With Tattoos

Hi everyone! It seems that I’m a bit of a fan of Daily Post at the moment. Can you blame me? They come up with some awesome ideas! Tonight, I decided to write about my tattoos and how I decided to modify my body…forever.


Once upon a time, I decided that I wanted a tattoo.

I told my mother. I think she almost had a heart attack when she heard those words come out of my mouth. It wasn’t a real surprise. I had been talking about tattoos and getting inked for a long, long time. The idea only became a reality when my friend, a French girl, said that she wanted to get a tattoo and that I should get one with her.

One call and three days later, and I was sitting in the chair. I was terrified. The sound was the thing that got me. I heard it and I just anticipated pain. Well, I was wrong. I felt nothing. It didn’t hurt at all. That was the beginning of a long, long addiction.

I got carpe diem tattooed on my left shoulder-blade. Total basic white girl tattoo, right? 😉

I heard the phrase a long, long time ago in my Classical Studies class in high school, and that phrase stuck with me. I have never been able to shake it. Carpe diem translates to seize the day, which is taken from Horace’s poem. Not only that, but it goes on to say quam minimum credula postero. The end of the poem (loosely translated) can be seen to mean with little trust in tomorrow (the future). Who doesn’t want that sort of reminder?

Seize the day, with little trust in tomorrow.

Ultimately, I’m just trying to do what makes me happy. If I happen to find that happiness in an opportunity, then you better believe I will be chasing it and grabbing it with two hands.

I thought I was done with tattoos. That little addict in me was satisfied…for a hot minute.

I got my second tattoo on November 7th, 2013.

It was another Latin phrase with the addition of a lotus flower. I got aut viam inveniam aut faciam tattooed on the back on my thigh…much to my mother’s horror. I was ruining my body…again. (Sorry, mum). It was a quote from Hannibal, which is translated to mean I’ll either find a way or make one/I shall either find a way or make one. It took a lot of searching to find out what this second tattoo would be.

I decided to get a lotus flower because of their symbolic nature. They are associated with rebirth in some cultures, and that’s how I see them, too. Going to college was the thing that gave me purpose. I felt like I was doing something with my life. I still do. I love it. There may be challenges and times when I want to quit, but you just have to keep going and push through to find a way to make it work. It does work…but it might not be in the way you expected. And that’s okay.


I have had people say that I’ve “ruined” my body by marring it with ink, but I think I’ve done the opposite. I’m a girl with tattoos. I’m a young, 20-something girl with tattoos…who is planning on adding more artwork to my body. (Sorry, mum). I haven’t regretted my tattoos…and I don’t think I ever will.

They are my motivation. They are my reminder. They are an expression of who I am…and who I am trying to be.

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21 thoughts on “My Ink: I’m a Girl With Tattoos

  1. Those are nice tattoos though!
    I’ve got one on my wrist which is four birds, each of them representing one of my sisters.
    I have never once regretted it. I have a few more I want to get done, but want to wait till I feel 100% certain.

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    1. Thanks! I always get nervous when I’m talking about them because they mean quite a lot to me 🙂 I saw your post about it! I love yours too. Currently planning my third (and maybe final) tattoo. I want a wolfy one 🐺

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  2. You go, Kendel! I too have always wanted to get a tattoo… but in my case, I’m more worried about the pain than my mother’s wrath 😄 I love the symbolism behind all the ones you have so far, and I hope that any of mine will be as significant to me as yours are to you. Love this post! xoxo

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    1. Ha my mum has the whole “I delivered a perfect human being with NO marks on your body, and you destroyed it.” talk. She does like my tattoos though. She gets it…but she’s not happy that I have them at the same time. I think she’s just grateful that I don’t have a giant tiger on my thigh 😉 My sister does, and I think it is pretty rad.

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  3. Lovely quotes to have! I do love tattoos… I have two myself, and my dad is the one who thinks I’m ruining my body hahah. They’re definitely addicting!

    On an unrelated note, my brain was just so confused because your comments on here are from 20th August and for me, it’s still the 19th. Then I remembered that you’re just on the other side of the planet… haha!

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