- 4 years ago
- Wedding: November 2014 - Mauritius
I have had several tattoo’s since the age of 19, one on the back of my neck, pretty much all the way down my spine and on my wrist. On my wrist were my initials, now there were a couple of reasons why I wanted this covered up 1. It wasn’t a particularly good tattoo, the quality was just a little poor 2. They will no longer be my initials by the end of the year so wanted it covered anyway. For Christmas FI had got me a voucher with his tattooist (he has his entire back & 2 half sleeves and has been using this guy and has been friends with him for years) for me to get it done.
I had already thought long and hard about what I wanted, I had a deisgn that I liked and had been tweaking (I’m a part time artist also) for about a year or so. I know that my family HATE tattoo’s and they have never liked any of my other tattoo’s but they have just had to accept that I do like them and it’s my body. I think they are pieces of art and I also never just make a snap decision with them.
I didn’t tell them when I got it done as I thought I would save the drama, I had just recieved a great job offer and they were really proud so I thought I’d leave it until another time (my family all live around 100 miles away so we don’t see each other regularly).
I’ve planned to go down to my parent’s in a few weeks so me and my mum can start making my wedding invites, I knew they were going to see it so I just sent her a picture and explained I had been thinking about it for a long time, I live 100 miles away from family, I am almost 27 years old, getting married this year and FI had got it as a Christmas gift. I didn’t expect her or my dad to be happy about it, given how they have reacted before but OMG they both really went off on one! Telling me it will ruin my career, it will ruin all my wedding photo’s and will generally just ruin my life.
As for the tattoo itself – it ended up being a little bigger than I had originally thought, almost the lenght of my inside forearm – to be clear I love it and am very happy with it, I usually always wear long sleeved clothes/jumpers/cardigans/shirts etc at work so this wouldn’t be a problem covering, also I don’t think people think the same way about tattoo’s any more, I’ve just been offered a great job and had it when I went for the interview and it didn’t effect anyone, they didn’t even see it.
As for the wedding comment, why would I want to hide it? I love it and it’s actually very pretty (not a scull or snake or anything that I could undersand some people’s reaction) it’s also part of me, so why should I be concerned if you can see it in my wedding photo’s? Same reason why I wouldn’t care if my FI’s tattoo’s were on show, they are part of who he is!
I’m not looking for anyone to say that my parents are wrong or right, but would be interesting to see if anyone else has faced the same comments/judgements/situations, would be great to hear your stories!