I'm an oncology nurse. My particular profession has taught me that life can be shorter than we expect and to make the most of the time we have. Most of my tattoos are personal - about overcoming a difficult time or situation. The 3/4 sleeve on my right arm is about "turning a new leaf". Essentially, letting go of the guilt from some of my past trauma which had led to an eating disorder. The bird in my sleeve tattoo symbolizes the Serenity Prayer, which is about accepting what is out of your control and recognizing what is under your control. The cat portrait is for D.va, my current cat. The bat pinup girl on my left hip is a tribute to Betty Page, with a kawaii twist. Some of my tattoos were more spontaneous and more about the aesthetic - such as the rose on my left hip and horn vine on my left side.
"I  was 17, it was a basement tattoo. The inspiration was from artwork I found in a gothic fashion magazine from the early 2000’s. I got it for the aesthetic value.
"I was 17, it was a basement tattoo. The inspiration was from artwork I found in a gothic fashion magazine from the early 2000’s. I got it for the aesthetic value.
2nd tattoo was also a basement tattoo when I was 17 - the rose with octopus tentacles on my left hip. I had the color abs design touched up in a shops few years later. I didn’t want just a basic rose, so I added a Japanese/anime twist to make it more personal.
2nd tattoo was also a basement tattoo when I was 17 - the rose with octopus tentacles on my left hip. I had the color abs design touched up in a shops few years later. I didn’t want just a basic rose, so I added a Japanese/anime twist to make it more personal.
3rd tattoo was my step sister’s name on my right shoulder. After she came out as wanting to identify as a male, I had this covered with a butterfly tattoo. I chose the butterfly for symbolism - transformation into something beautiful. I tried to choose slightly darker colors so it wasn’t too feminine. The 3/4 sleeve on my right arm is about "turning a new leaf". Essentially, letting go of the guilt from some of my past trauma which had led to an eating disorder. The bird in my sleeve tattoo symbolizes the Serenity Prayer, which is about accepting what is out of your control and recognizing what is under your control.
3rd tattoo was my step sister’s name on my right shoulder. After she came out as wanting to identify as a male, I had this covered with a butterfly tattoo. I chose the butterfly for symbolism - transformation into something beautiful. I tried to choose slightly darker colors so it wasn’t too feminine. The 3/4 sleeve on my right arm is about "turning a new leaf". Essentially, letting go of the guilt from some of my past trauma which had led to an eating disorder. The bird in my sleeve tattoo symbolizes the Serenity Prayer, which is about accepting what is out of your control and recognizing what is under your control.
The cat portrait is for D.va, my current cat.
The cat portrait is for D.va, my current cat.
The bat pinup girl on my left hip is a tribute to Betty Page, with a kawaii twist.
The bat pinup girl on my left hip is a tribute to Betty Page, with a kawaii twist.
The French wording “ le petite monstre” on my left hip/upper butt translates to “the little monster”. I generally prefer an image to convey meaning rather than just spelling out what you want a tattoo to say. However, I’ve always found the French language beautiful and I wanted something French on my body. I was an extremely competitive athlete in high school, plus I was the awkward goth girl. I was teased in school by being called a “monster” in the athletic/competitive sense but also because people assumed that because I dressed more alternative, I must like witchcraft or worship Satan (eyeroll, I’m actually Christian).
The French wording “ le petite monstre” on my left hip/upper butt translates to “the little monster”. I generally prefer an image to convey meaning rather than just spelling out what you want a tattoo to say. However, I’ve always found the French language beautiful and I wanted something French on my body. I was an extremely competitive athlete in high school, plus I was the awkward goth girl. I was teased in school by being called a “monster” in the athletic/competitive sense but also because people assumed that because I dressed more alternative, I must like witchcraft or worship Satan (eyeroll, I’m actually Christian).

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