A few posts ago, I made a list of ten things that I love that started with the letter "T" and I can't believe that between my husband and I, we didn't think of the most obvious one! So I'm adding number eleven.......
#11. Tattoos - I got my first tattoo when I was about 20 or so. It's on my right ankle and says "sunshine" (my childhood nickname) in black Chinese lettering, and the addiction began. I went back the next day and got a tribal sunflower design on my lower back and after three hours of gruelling pain, I was ready to wait awhile before I got another one. I got number three while living in Edmonton and it is a snowflake on the back on my neck. It is colored in purple (signifying royalty, I am the daughter of the king), blue (signifying hope) and white (signifying purity and innocence) and the snowflake comes from a couple bible verses that speak to me being washed "whiter than snow". The next one came on my 21rst birthday. My mom came with me, and got a tattoo last minute herself, and is pink (signifying love) Hebrew writing down the left flank of my back that says "my bride" (as in I am the bride of Christ). The last one I got just a couple years ago on my honeymoon in Hawaii. It is a yellow and orange (our wedding colors meaning joy and happiness) plumeria (Hawaiian flower) that sits behind my left ear. In Hawaiian culture, wearing a flower behind your left ear (over your heart) means your heart is taken.
All in all, I've had about 20 hours of work done between all five tattoos and I definitely see myself getting more in the future. It's some kind of weird adrenaline rush, love-to-hate the pain thing for me and I love being able to share the special meanings behind each one.
Hope it's okay that I stretched the rules of the game a little :) And again, if anyone would like a letter, leave me a comment and I assign you one!
:: Cheers ::