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Thursday, March 5, 2015

the sea and my tattoo

I always thought I'd keep my skin clean and never get a tattoo, but something changed my mind when Winslow decided that he would get inked when we were in Maui. Something got me excited and made me want to go for it, and I did. 

For as long as I can remember, my dream tattoo (if I were to ever get one), was to be a whale. Whales, specifically Humpback Whales, are my totem animal (they reoccur in my dreams), and I am drawn to them for so many reasons. But I wasn't sure if I wanted to jump into such a large and detailed tattoo for my first one, so I went to the drawing board and came up with other ideas. 
I wanted something pretty, feminine, and something that had meaning to me. My love for the ocean kept coming to mind and finally, I settled on a seashell design for my first tattoo. 
So for me, the meaning of the seashell is happiness. The ocean is my happy place, it is where I feel calm, at peace and grounded. The shell represents that place in my heart and mind, and I'm quite happy with it.
They say tattoos are addictive... and it's true! I'm not looking to be completely inked, but I have to say, I do have more ideas springing up in my mind. I'm sure that whale will make it onto my skin someday.


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    1. thanks Kara! Do you have one?

    2. I have 3! A small Jesus fish on the back of my neck, a frog on my ankle, and then the big tree and ravens on my inner arm. :)

  2. I love it, glad you took the plunge and did it. I finally found my perfect design I just need to get the courage to make the appointment

    1. Do it! You won't regret it and it doesn't hurt half as much as what I thought it would!

  3. I love your tattoo! It’s simple, yet the details on it are quite amazing. You may not have acquired your dream tattoo yet, but I think that one clearly represents your love of the ocean. That being said, I’m sure you’ll get a whale in there someday. It’s just a matter of finding the right design and place to put it. Thanks for sharing this with us, Johanna. All the best!

    Carmelo Crouch @ Pasadena Tattoo Removal


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