tattoos and the single girl, part 1.

I have a tattoo. Lots of people have tattoos. How carefully do you think all those people think about what they’re doing before they get their tattoo?
I admit, my tattoo was a kind of a quick decision. I remember exactly where I was when I realized what I needed to do. I was vacationing in Sunset Beach last summer, driving up PCH to go grocery shopping. On the bridge between Sunset Beach and Seal Beach, stopped in traffic, I looked at the guy driving the old beat up Volvo in front of me (I know, seems like an unlikely source of inspiration for much of anything, really). I saw his arm – it was covered in tattoos. And all of a sudden it hit me. I need a tattoo! To come home from vacation with a permanent reminder of my time at the beach seemed like a very good idea.
And so here it is:
tattoo

If you can’t see it very well, it’s a tiny ‘OM’ symbol. The sound of the universe. I chose it so that I would remember that even when I may feel alone, I’m always connected to something that’s bigger and more important than myself. I chose my wrist so that I could see it easily. But, I’m not allowed to show it at work, so I have to wear a watch over it most of the day. Not that you can force the concept of time on the ultimate nature of the universe, but you know, I try.
How you feel about tattoos could be an indication of how you approach relationships. Well, it’s plausible, isn’t it?
First off, do you even like tattoos? If not, why? Do you think they’re unsightly? Perhaps you think they’re ugly; you’re more of a clean livin’, no fuss, no muss kind of person. Do you prefer a relationship that’s the same way? Clean and simple – no drama, no fuss. And in some cases, no meaningful length of time…
Or you don’t want to mark up your body with anything permanent…? How come? Do you not want to commit to it? Is there nothing that has enough meaning to you, to have it permanently inked on your skin?
Do you like tattoos but are afraid to get one because it’ll hurt? Scared to try something new?
OK so if you like tattoos, how come? What about them? Do you like the idea of carving something into your body because you like the way it looks? Does it have personal meaning to you? Do you want a permanent reminder of something, to carry with you? You’re not afraid to make that commitment?
It’s pretty obvious that many, many, (many) people get tattoos that most likely weren’t really thought out very well ahead of time. Well couldn’t you say the same about relationships?? Um, HELL yes…

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3 thoughts on “tattoos and the single girl, part 1.”

  1. I think that’s a wonderful tattoo and I love that you believe in what you got because, as you said, many people just get one to get one!

    I’d love to have one someday and always have but I’ve yet to figure out what it is that should be with me permanently 🙂 One of these days!

  2. I think your tattoo is cute, and I enjoyed hearing the story about it. Plus this part: “Not that you can force the concept of time on the ultimate nature of the universe, but you know, I try.” made me smile.

    As for myself, I adore tattoos. I guess it’s because they intrigue me. Every time I see someone who has one, I want to see more or ask about it. And I think it creates a sort of unity between those who have them. I’m known for being an impulsive person, so deciding on a whim to get something that will be with me the rest of my life is no problem for me- which is probably why I have one that is really terrible. 😉

  3. I’m in agreeance with Briana and Holly! I love tattoos and I’m glad you have one that is meaningful to you. It’s so much better when you can look at it and love it rather than look at it and regret it…

    I have the “one year rule”, which means if I come up with a tattoo I have to think about it for a year before I do it. It’s worked nicely for me so far, I only have two though. Haha. I have big dreams to have a full sleeve one day, but we’ll see 🙂

    Briana – my mom always liked tattoos but never knew what she wanted. Then one day it “clicked” and now she has way more than I do!! Your day is coming 🙂

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