For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to have my body covered in tattoos. I wanted to have quotes that moved me. Symbols that remind me of a certain time in my life when I felt a certain way. I wanted to turn my body into a blank canvas, only waiting for the right time to get finished and painted in delicate ways. A bit here. A bit there. Until it forms a masterpiece at the end of my days, telling more than just a story in scars but also reflecting who I am (and had been) in pictures.
My tattoos: why I got them and what they mean
The only reason why I’m not covered in more tattoos, than I am right now, is that I am very cheap. I’m always super hesitant when it comes to spending loads of money on non-tangible things and reluctant when it comes to trusting an artist to cover my body with the imagery that I imagined in my head. I think it’s important to trust an artist and give them a chance to bring in their personality into their work as well, all the while the tattoo still reflecting YOU.
At the moment, I do have ten tattoos spread across my body. One on my right arm, one on the left. One on my hip and one on my heel. Two delicately placed on both sides of my ribs. Last year I added another two words to my arms, a minimalistic drawing to the outside of my arm and a bigger plant tattoo to the
What I particularly love, is that when I’m standing in front of the mirror in only a bra and panties, I cannot see a single one of them. I do know they are there, though. And that gives me comfort. I look at them in awe, even after all these years – I got my first one at the age of 17.
I’ve never shared any of them on social media or the blog before, simply because they are private and I did not get them in order to fancy up my pictures or whatever. They are my very own symbol of owning my body and painting it the way I like, not caring about the opinion of anyone out there. The first glimpse I bared was in THIS post and I’ve been receiving questions and messages ever since. That is why I decided to finally step out of the dark and make that part of myself a topic on the blog as well. Especially because i finally found the courage to start the masterpiece that is my own body of art.
A closer look at my tattoos and the meaning behind each of them
#1 “Believe in your dreams”: Something I always want and need to be reminded of. In a curve placed on my right ribs, bending slightly under my breast.
#2 “Star”: Something I want to get covered up within the next couple of months but yet need to work out the details of how to do it best. I gave myself this tattoo on the right hip with a pair of compasses and ink when I was a drunk teenager and it certainly looks the part. Not very pretty – yet.
#3 Trees: I spontaneously got the three trees on my right Achilles heel at the Jägermeister event back in autumn – wanted to get exactly this tattoo anyways for the longest time, though. They symbolize my home, my parents, and brother and always remind me of what matters in the end: staying rooted.
#4 “Epeolatry”: Literally translates into “the worship of words”. I think no word can better capture my passion and personality better. Written in a typewriter font and placed on my right arm, the one I write and type with.
#5 Woman: A symbol of owning my own body, of embracing my feminity and highlighting the art that is the female body. More or less, something I wanted to have because I liked how it looked on my arm. Plus it gives me major feminist vibes.
#6 Flower-moon: Sadly not in any picture because it’s not fully healed yet and hard to photograph without flashing the net. However, I recently got a half moon shaped flower bouquet on my right ribs, similarly curved to the “believe in your dreams” tattoo and absolutely adore it. No meaning here, other than it looks beautiful to me. Once I find a way to photograph it, I’m sure it will pop up on my Instagram, so you might have to follow ;)
#7 “Redamancy”: This word basically refers to a love returned in full and I find it absolutely beautiful. Hence, I got it forever engraved into the skin on my right arm, just above the elbow.
#8 Rising/Setting Sun: On my right elbow I have the outlines of a rising or setting sun tattooed. This is one of my favourite works of art on my body and I simply adore looking at it whenever I see it in the mirror. It somehow reminds me of long sunsets at the beach and instantly brings back a lot of memories and happy moments.
#9 Branch: Initially, I wanted this to be a coffee plant. In the end, however, I felt like a classic olive tree branch would look a lot nicer on the inside of my left upper arm. This is my biggest tattoo to date and has no meaning other than that I love nature, find olive branches to be absolutely beautiful and wanted it inked on my body.
#10 Serendipity: I got this rather spontaneously on a trip to Barcelona and it means “finding something good, without looking for it”. I find this principle a trait to aspire to and believe that the best things in life get to you without you having to look for them. Hence, I got this beautiful word tattooed on the outside of my right arm.
When I am in Graz, I usually get my tattoos at Create Tattoos & Art. This is a studio I can 100% recommend and trust in. They do beautiful pieces of art and I am so happy to have found them.