My Tattoo Story: Love Always

probably thinking 'fuck this hurts'

"yeah he's yellin' about my tattoos, but we all live with the scars we choose"

There's something that you may or may not know about me. You see, back in early January (think the first week), I finally bit the bullet and got the tattoo that I've been wanting for about 8 years now. Yes, you read that right, 8 years. In my parent's handwriting, I got 'love always' written on my left wrist. Love is written by my dad, and always is written by my mom. 

I've gotten a ton of questions as to why I got a tattoo, why on my wrist, why in white ink, is there a meaning behind it, and so forth, so I'm going to tell you a little bit of the story & just go from there. So here goes nothing: 

Why'd you get a tattoo: Because I wanted one. And I've wanted this specific tattoo for about eight years now. It's personal & I love it. It's a constant reminder and whenever I see it, I always smile. 

Why'd you get a white tattoo on your wrist?: I wanted white ink because it's a tattoo for me. I didn't want it to be super obvious to other people because it's not for them. It's for me. I wanted it on my wrist because I wanted to be able to see it all the time. I forget about it so much that when it does catch my eye, I smile. 

What's the meaning behind it? Now, I realize that not everyone has meanings behind their tattoos, and that's okay, but I don't want to get a tattoo if it doesn't mean something to me. I've struggled with 'disordered eating', as my parents lovingly call it, & self harm since I was in 6th grade. Now, I haven't self-harmed since I was I was in high school, but eating is something that I'm constantly struggling with. When I was growing up, I struggled (and still do) with dyslexia & anxiety, and one of the most important lessons that my parents taught me was that I should always love myself (as well as others). As I got older, I fell into some pretty bad habits and I struggled to get out of them until senior year of high school. My parents were the most supportive people in the entire world, and always wrote the sweetest notes to me. I became obsessed with the saying 'love always' because it reminds me of my parents and the support that they've always given to me. 

Did that make sense? Maybe, maybe not. I'm so thankful for my best friend coming with me when I got it, because as you can see above, I was terrified. It was a spur of the moment decision, but probably one of the best decisions I've made in quite some time (or at least I think so). 

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