RD’s post got me thinking about tattoos. Leaving aside his question of whether ugly people should get tattoos (I didn't know good looks were a pre-req!), I was thinking more along the lines of why people get tattoos. Of course it is a fad. Everyone has one so I MUST get one. But really, its quite painful and its forever. So why not just get a stick on? (covers face in shame for posing such a silly question).
I’ve been thinking of getting a new tattoo. The last time I got one, I was literally screaming in pain. And it’s a tad embarrassing to think back on it now, because it didn’t really hurt that much. More like perceived pain. All psychological. You’d think a psych student would figure that one out before hand.. sigh..
Anyway, it was a spur of the moment thing. Not fantastically well drawn, nor fantastically well executed, and will always remind me of a time when things were quite fantastic for me. My perfect, magical summer, during which, as cliché as this may sound, I actually changed and became a person I was comfortable with, someone I liked. The tattoo itself isn’t of anything symbolic. Its just two little flowers, bearing resemblance to araliya flowers, which I love. The significance of the tattoo lies in the place and time, and what I felt during that time. It will always remind me of people, and a boy, who taught me a hell of a lot about myself and about life.
And now I’m waiting for something to happen so that I can get a second tattoo. Because that’s what, to me, tattoos are about, I suppose. A symbol of something important, a visible, if not tangible reminder of what was and how it could still be. I have had a vague idea of one, since I came back for my holiday. Nothing important has happened, but I’ve noticed something that’s been missing for me since I got back, and that’s the freedom I was enjoying when I was by myself. Now I have to answer to the where are u going, what time, with who questions, and I really don’t like it. So maybe I will get a freedom or maybe an independence tattoo, just to remind myself of the importance of those things, and how i should value it, for so many people don't. As done as that may sound, it really is just for myself and not anyone else. Not a fashion statement at all really, but an expression of who I am and what’s important to me.