Yesterday I did something I’ve been thinking about for a long time.
I went and got my first (and second) tattoo.
The first is a nice and small semicolon on my wrist. If you want to know why I got a semicolon, this post does an excellent job of explaining what it’s all about.
The teal is because that’s the colour of the logo for the Canadian Mental Health Association (symbolism all around!).
(no picture because we put the bandage on it before I remembered to take one)
Tattoo number two is just as meaningful and a bit bigger than the first one.
When I initially started thinking about a tattoo, I knew I wanted a cat (I know) and I was originally going to put it on my wrist. Then I decided I wanted to also do something to remember my Opa. For as far back as I can remember, my Oma and Opa were avid birders.
Jokes about them pishing in the bushes abounded in my childhood and teenage years. When they came to visit, 6am wake up calls were normal, as they went exploring to look for birds. They kept a list of all the different species they had seen even had a life list of birds (kind of like a bucket list) they saw.
When I was 13 we went to Hawaii and the one bird they wanted to see was the Hawaiian Nene (basically, a goose) and that dang bird just wouldn’t cooperate for them.
With that, I decided to also include a bird in the design.
Cat + bird. But what bird?
I certainly didn’t want to wind up like those people who wound up with Chinese lettering meaning taco bell on them.
I scrolled a few sites and when I read the short description of the Hummingbird, I was sold.
But I was not about to rely on just one site, and then I found this:
No joke, when I was grabbing the links for this post, I was terrified I was going to find something that said something awful about hummingbirds. Thankfully that didn’t happen. That said, if they are bad, please don’t tell me!
And so, tattoo number two was set.
A cat and a bird.
I left the design up to Niki at Immaculate Concept. We met three weeks before my appointment where I brought her some reference material, stressed that I wanted it to be relatively simple and waited to see what she came up with.
I’m absolutely freaking thrilled with how it came out.
It’s no easy to tell, but it’s on the inside of my left arm.
I wanted to be able to cover it up, but also wanted it to be visible if I wanted it to be.
Do you have any tattoos? Happy Friday!!
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