Two weeks ago, I got my first tattoo. It was a random action on a random Tuesday. For the past two-ish years, I’ve been planning my first tattoo in painstaking detail. I had the quote and the location picked out–all I needed was the font (which, as you know, can be the hardest part of any design project).
Then, I saw that the tattoo shop I had been planning on going to was taking walk-ins in the evening. Boom. Done. I texted a friend of mine (who tried to talk me out of it) and my sister (who tried to talk me into it) and made the decision to get an owl tattooed on the inside of my ankle. Why an owl? Owls symbolize wisdom, a thirst for knowledge, and being aware of and connected to your intuition. Obviously, I couldn’t go wrong having an owl as my totem.
I was literally shaking as I walked into the shop. If you know me, you know I’m not the most spontaneous person. I go planner-shopping for God’s sake. I have, like, 16 calendars. I love spontaneously meeting up with friends for coffee or brunch, or I’ll jump on a plane for a spontaneous trip to Florida (okay, I wasn’t quite in my right mind when I did that), but I am not the girl who spontaneously gets a tattoo.
The whole process was ridiculously easy. I mean, my design wasn’t complicated, but I still thought there would be more to the experience. I had no idea what to expect. Basically, I emailed the design to the artist, and she printed it out and traced the outline on my skin. Once I was satisfied with the size and outline, the real fun began. It actually didn’t hurt that badly, and it only took about 10 minutes. Again, the design wasn’t complicated, but I didn’t expect it to go so quickly.
Just LOOK at that cute little owl! To me, it doesn’t only symbolize all of the awesome things I listed earlier, but it also reminds me not to take things quite so seriously. It reminds me that not all things have to be planned out for days, weeks, or months. It reminds me to be spontaneous and to do things that are out of my comfort zone.
Every time I look at it, I smile. Oh, and what they say about tattoos is true–getting inked is addictive. Do any of you have tattoo stories or ideas? I’ve got two more ideas on the back burner for another random Tuesday.