Tattoo Wishlist

Let me start off this post with a note to my parents: No, I didn’t go get a tattoo without telling you.

I’m fascinated by tattoos, but I don’t think I would ever actually get one. Nothing against tattoos at all – it’s just that for someone like me, who has trouble putting stickers on her laptop without thinking it over for approximately 3 years, the idea of getting something permanently inked into my skin is kinda terrifying. I have so much respect for people who have the commitment to get tattoos, but I’ll stick with wristbands and pins, thanks.

Still, sometimes I wonder if I absolutely had to get a tattoo, what would I get? What’s something that’s so important to me that I would want it with me for the rest of my life? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately, and I’ve decided to compile it in a “tattoo wishlist” – one I’ll never act on, but a wishlist nonetheless.

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As you may or may not know, Project Semicolon is a nonprofit that was created to provide support for people who struggle with mental health issues. As they put it, the semicolon is a symbol for pushing forward: “You are the author and the sentence is your life. You are choosing to continue.”


“Arise and be all that you dreamed”

These are lyrics from “Arise” by Flyleaf, and while it’s not my favorite Flyleaf song, this line inspires me. It feels like someone calling out to you, beckoning you forward, and I love that image.

arise 2

“Living the impossible”

These are also song lyrics, this time inspired by “Impossible” by Lacey Sturm. This is a song that’s been encouraging to me in a number of ways, but mainly because it reminds me of the beauty of each day – what are the odds that I would get to have today? As the song says, every morning really is another miracle.

A book of some kind

It’s no secret around here that I love books, so I think a reading-related tattoo would be fitting. Also, even though it’s not a book, I do also like the “bibliophile” tattoo.

Something writing-related

I really like this design that’s shaped like a pen nib, since it calls to mind the idea of “the pen is mightier than the sword.” But anyway, since I’m a writer and all, I think it would make sense to have a writing tattoo.

pen sword

“Hold fast to the hope of another day”

Another song (sensing a pattern yet?), “Meaningless Names” by Phinehas. I included this song in my Sophomore Year Soundtrack, mainly because I found this line very encouraging. I actually have it on a card on my poster wall, since it always seems to motivate me to keep going.

Some lyrics from “Oh The Depths” by Wolves At The Gate

Look, there are just a lot of awesome lyrics in this song, and I can’t decide which ones would make the best tattoo. I’m torn between “The Father of grace and mercy has poured out His wrath completely” and “There is love! Here is love! This is love! There is love!” because they’re both just such powerful lines. I think either way, I’d want to incorporate the words with a cross design, as much of a Christian cliche as that is. Considering the song speaks pretty explicitly about salvation, I think it would be fitting to pair with the lyrics.

A Triforce

I’ve seen a lot of Legend of Zelda tattoos in my life, and a lot of them are pretty awesome. Considering the video game series is one of my favorites, I think I’d be okay with getting a Triforce tattoo, but I’d want something small . Some are really over the top, but I prefer the simpler designs.

“What is the story my life will tell?”

Alright, I think this blog post just turned into me talking about my favorite song lyrics, but anyway…

This is a line from “Live It Well” by Memphis May Fire, and as I talked about in my Freshman Year Soundtrack post, the narrator is reflecting on how their life will impact others. I think it’s a good reminder to always live your life in a way that people will remember you fondly after you’re gone. Plus, it talks about stories, which goes along with the writer part of me, too.

Readers, do you have any tattoos? Why did you get them? If you had to get a tattoo, what would it be? Why? Let’s talk in the comments!

6 thoughts on “Tattoo Wishlist

  1. I understand exactly where you are coming from! I was super nervous about committing to it when before I had one but I knew I loved the design and had wanted it for years. I currently have 4, 2 medium sized ones and a couple of small ones. All within the space of a few months, it has become a bit of an addiction and they are definitely conversation starters!

    I have a rose on the outer side of my left hand (which badly needs to be touched up – the problem with hand tattoos!), a heartbeat line with an outline of a cat, dog and a heart woven into the lines, just below the elbow crease of my inner left arm. For the medium sized two, I have a lion piece on my right forearm and a round mandala piece around the outside of my right leg.

    I really want to add more to my collection but am unable to at the moment šŸ˜« I love them and would not change my decision to get them. I have many plans for the next ones but no idea what to do first when I am able to! šŸ˜‚

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    • I love how tattoos can be conversation starters! I see it being similar to how I wear wristbands or put buttons on my backpack… it makes a statement, and people ask about them. I think it’s neat how each one can have a story behind it!

      Thanks for reading and sharing your tattoos! They sound amazing ^_^

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