Not many people know this, but I have not one, but two tattoos. And I love them. I’ve always wanted a tattoo. Always. I think they’re beautiful and unique. Yes, they last forever, but that almost makes them more beautiful to me. I had one very big stipulation when considering what I was going to get and where I was going to get it. My big rule? It can’t be visible. Going into nursing, tattoos aren’t encouraged. If I were to have a visible tattoo right now, when I’d go to clinicals I’d have to cover it with a band-aid. Not so attractive. And of course, I wouldn’t want to offend any of my patients with my tattoos. Also, I didn’t want my tattoos visible in a wedding dress. Now I may be assuming things (winks), but when Cory and I get married I just don’t want some silly little tattoo peaking out of my wedding dress and documented in photos. I just don’t think it looks very attractive.
I’ll explain each one, but first check out my ink!
I got my key & heart on the day I turned 18. I had it all planned out and I went with my sweet friend Lisa on my birthday and I loved every minute of it. Lucky drew up exactly what I wanted & even four years later I’m still in love with it.
You’ve probably already guessed it, but it’s “the key to my heart.” At the stage I was in at the time I got this tattoo, I believed that I was the holder of that key and I’d never give it away. Boy have I been proved wrong, twice now, with a loving boyfriend and a beautiful little girl. But this key serves as a constant reminder that sometimes we have to give our hearts away to get so much more in return.
My second tattoo is my favorite. I got it my freshman year of college, just as Cory and I started dating (and falling in love). I was laying in the courtyard of my school studying with a friend and listening to my iPod on shuffle. “Let it Be” by the Beatles came on and after listening the song to it’s entirety, I tore the ear buds out of my ears and told Kate that I wanted to get a “Let it Be” tattoo on my side. She replied with, “Now?” to which I responded with, “Sure!” And that was that. We gathered our books, walked across campus, got in my car and went and made an appointment in downtown La Crosse, WI at Mind Altering. Later that night, I got my tattoo. “Let it be” is something I have to constantly remind myself. I’m a very anxious person and sometimes I just need to take a deep breath and just let things be.
Do you have any tattoos? Tell me what they mean to you!