Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Playing with the meaning of ink

This is something I've been working on for a while.  For a long time I've wanted a tattoo but equally I wanted it to mark a landmark in my life and to have some meaning behind it. A little over a year ago I decided that should be when (or if) I graduate.  I sometimes felt that people around me didn't think I could do it and I have to admit on several occasions I believed that myself and wanted to quit.  I always felt that I was only at a top university because I 'ticked boxes' not because I deserved my place there. However, despite several emotional breakdowns between starting and finishing my degree, I persevered and on Friday 13th June (of all days) I learnt that in July I would be graduating with a 2:1in history from the University of Exeter after having achieved a first in my dissertation.  This may not necessarily be as high as I wanted it to be but I know that I worked damn hard and couldn't have put anything more into it.

To celebrate I finally plucked up the courage to get a tattoo (with only a little hand-holding required from my SO).  It's one I designed myself and features a compass pointing Southwest.  I was born, grew up (physically and emotionally, despite remaining ridiculously small) and was educated here.  It's where I've been both happiest and saddest and, without wanting to sound too cliched, it's where I really found myself.  I don't know where life's going to take me, maybe somewhere else in the country or perhaps across the globe but Southwest England will always hold fond memories and be the place I think of as home. 

(Sorry about the poor quality photo 
but it's pretty difficult to get an undistorted 
image of your own back haha!)

The first image shows my original design, the second is the work of the tattoo artist and the third is obviously the final product (emblazoned on my pasty white skin)

The picture really doesn't do the piece justice and I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I owe a big thank you to the wonderful Josie at Shaded Lady Tattoos for taking such good care of me! And as you can see there's clearly a reason the shops waiting list is so big!

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