My Tattoos : The Meaning, The Pain & More


I hate to admit it but I'm a little nosy when it comes to things like tattoos...
I love to hear about the meanings behind each one, when they got them and what their experience was like etc., which is why I decided to do this post. For as long as I can remember I have wanted a tattoo, so as soon as I turned 18 there was no question about whether or not I was going to get one. At the moment I only have 3, but I thought it would be interesting anyway, and hopefully helpful if you are looking to get a tattoo in a similar place. 

Taste wise I love anything minimal, something small with a big meaning, and placements that aren't always on show. I am forever scrolling through Pinterest adding to my tattoo board for future ideas, so feel free to follow me for more inspiration. 

I got all 3 done at Cheshire Ink. With something as permanent as a tattoo it is important to find a place you know and trust and this is definitely the place, so if you live in the area I really recommend it. All the staff are so friendly and really know what they are doing, which of course you want, and I will 100% be going there again for future tattoos. 


So firstly, it should be noted that this was not the tattoo I was originally planning on getting but the one I had chosen at first just didn't seem right, I will probably get it at some point, but I needed more time to think about it and its placement.

MEANING 
As this design was a last minute change of heart, it didn't originally hold much significance to me other than that 'it looked pretty' however it has since adopted a new meaning, or just a meaning in the first place. I got this tattoo 3 days after my 18th birthday and 9 days before I left school forever; I was growing up (still am), I was 'blossoming' if you will, and I think a flower is a good way to represent this.

PAIN
To be honest I don't remember this hurting very badly at all; I was talking the majority of the time I was getting it so my concentration was taken away from it, though I did flinch by accident so try not to do that. If I had to give it a rating I would probably say 3/10, it really didn't hurt as badly as I expected it to, more sore than painful, and more so when it got closer to the bone. I think the best way to describe it is like a cat scratch that vibrated, there was quite a bit of pressure with this one, which I'm not entirely sure is normal, but thats how I remember it. The scariest part is when they first turn on the machine, it sounds terrifying but as soon as they do the first bit, it is absolutely fine.

HEALING
The healing process with this tattoo was pretty simple and took about a week. Whenever it was dry I just covered it in Vaseline and then later, Bepanthen, which is nappy rash cream and gives a more breathable layer over the tattoo.




Bare with me on this one because it is so difficult to photograph from the side without me looking a little strange. I will admit at first I was a little apprehensive about getting it because while it is hidden the majority of the time, it still isn't the most subtle of tattoos, so I definitely didn't think I would love it as much as I do; it is probably my favourite tattoo so far.

MEANING
As you will have probably have guessed, 'joie de vivre' translates to 'joy of life'. Again, I chose this because it looks nice but I also really loved the meaning. Its something positive and optimistic.

PAIN
So this was where I was very naive. For some reason I didn't think this one was going to hurt at all... until right before I got it and the tattoo artist told me it was actually a very sensitive area. I would rate this at around a 7.5/10; for the most part it was bearable, but when it got closer to the front of my ribs it got more and more sore, and I was so glad when it was over; it was the sort of pain that makes you wince. I think he did it each letter at a time which was really helpful because I needed those small breaks in between. Just when I thought 'oh god this is getting quite bad' he stopped for a second anyway.

HEALING
Having a tattoo already, I think I wasn't as worried about putting cream on this one 24/7, and the amount of times I missed parts of it because I couldn't properly see what I was doing, and because of this it took about a week and half to fully heal. But, for the most part it was fine, at the beginning to touch it was sore like sunburn but that went completely by the first day. The only real struggle I had with this healing process was not being able to have a proper bath, so I can't complain.



Probably the smallest tattoo I've ever seen in my life, but I love it. I think the thing is with minimal tattoos is that eventually, you run out of places to get them, and so I wanted to get this tattoo, firstly for its meaning, but also to dip my toes into the 'wrist tattoo' waters. In the future I want to get more, slightly bigger tattoos on my wrists and arms so I thought this tattoo was a good starting point.

MEANING
I'm sure many of you are familiar with the meaning behind the semi-colon tattoo, but if you aren't, it represents mental health. Well thats how the majority of people who get it interpret it, but I think for me, it signifies perseverance and not giving up, which I guess can relate to mental health, but I like to apply it to anything in life.

PAIN
I would honestly rate this as a 1/10 - I didn't feel a thing. Whether this was a because of having just had the one done on my ribs (I got them on the same day) so this felt like nothing or it being so small that it took seconds to do I don't know, but as I said, no pain at all.

HEALING
Ironically, out of the three this was probably the worst to heal, not time wise, but because I couldn't stop touching it. It kept scabbing over slightly and I think because I could see it so easily - unlike with the other two - it made me worry a lot more. Also because of how small it was, I stupidly underestimated how much cream I needed to put on it, as in, if the cream had sunk in, I wasn't that bothered about reapplying it. Don't do that!


Do you have any tattoos or are you planning to get any? What is the meaning behind them?
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8 comments

  1. I have always be scared to get tattoos but this has made me feel a lot better. I love the flower and the meaning behind it, I think when I do get a tattoo I will have it in a similar place to your flower. I really enjoyed everything about this blog post, the writing, pictures. One of my favourite blog posts I have read this year so far. xx https://lifeofshar.co.uk/

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    1. Thank you so much, this is the loveliest comment! I think the ankle is a great place for a first tattoo, or any tattoo in general, it can be seen quite often but it is also so subtle and easy to hide.

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  2. I love all your tattoos and the meanings behind them. I’m getting my first tattoo next Monday and I feel slightly less nervous after reading about your experience of the pain and healing

    Fran | www.franciscarockey.co.uk

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    1. Thank you! Ooo how exciting, you'll be absolutely fine, and the healing is a breeze! x

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  3. I have a very large Phoenix on my right thigh, it took me 10 years to actually go through with it, mainly due to money. I'm sure most people know the meaning of Phoenix, rebirth, born of ashes . . . One day, aged 17, I decided I couldn't deal with my life anymore, packed my bag and left. Moved 200 miles from home and started again on my own. It was the best thing I ever did.

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    1. Thats amazing, so brave! What a meaning behind a tattoo! xx

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  4. I absolutely love tattoos -- I have 10 and I am constantly planning more and more. I told myself I'd stop at 7, then I got three more, and now I'm thinking I'll stop at 13... but I probably won't.

    Great post! x

    Michelle
    dressingwithstyle-s.com

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    1. Same! I am so jealous, I want loads more. Lol thats so relatable, I keep thinking of more and more that I want to get x

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