My new tattoo

Yesterday I posted about my personal challenge to publish a blog post on each of the remaining days in July. Well today’s day two of the challenge and this is my second post – win!

I had the day off today so that I could go and get my first ever tattoo. I went for the consultation months ago but chickened out at the last minute but now felt like the right time and I’m so glad that I finally had it done. It looks fantastic!

As I wanted a tattoo that had a personal meaning I decided on a dove theme. I’ve suffered from quite serious mental health problems for the last 16 years, as doves are a symbol of peace I’m hoping that when I’m ‘going over the edge’ looking at this will help to calm me down. After much Googling below is the only image that inspired me as i like the mix of aztec and henna styles.


Due to copy-write issues the tattooist wouldn’t let me have an exact copy which I’m glad about now as after changing the design many times I finally approved a version which was  is perfect for me. The original designs felt too girly.

Before and after

Before and after

Blue, which is my favourite colour, is known for it’s calming properties so based on the purpose of the tattoo it felt fitting that the outline and parts of the shading were in blue tones. I decided to contrast this with yellow as I  have always found this to be a really happy colour, the contrast also reminds me of the sea and the sun/ the sky and the sun which are images that always make me feel at piece.

Do you have a tattoo? What is the story behind yours and why is it special to you?




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