If you've been following me for a while, you know that last January Joe and I got tattoos. =)
He got our names and wedding date on his shoulder:
And I got a cross on my wrist:
Sometimes I still can't believe I did that! Me! The girl who hates getting shots or having blood taken... Yet, I willingly let somebody draw on my body with needles. Makes tons of sense, doesn't it? And for all of the people who ask "Did it hurt?" I give you this picture:
Uh huh. Now that we've covered that.
Whoever said that tattoos were addictive wasn't kidding. I always thought that I'd get one and be done. (Well, ok, I never really envisioned myself getting a tattoo so "always" might be a stretch.) While Joe was in BCT, I started thinking of getting the cross tattooed on my wrist. It was hard, and the verse that I clung to then was Hebrews 13:5 "...I will never leave you nor forsake you." So I wanted something to remind me that God was always with me. Even though I know that sometimes you just really need a reminder.
Then several months ago, I started toying with the idea of getting a yellow ribbon tattoo. You know, it's symbolic of Joe's deployment, the sacrifice...all of that. I like symbolism so it works for me. First I thought about getting the ribbon with our wedding rings around the center of the ribbon. I still like that idea, but... Last week (or the week before, I can't remember), I saw this picture on Household 6's blog on her Foto Friday meme and fell in love.
"Liebe" is the German word for love. How awesome is that tattoo?! I love, love, love it! I'd want mine to be different somehow, so I thought about adding "Joseph" underneath it and having it put on my shoulder. Well, the more I thought about that the less I liked it. So I thought maybe I'd put it on my other wrist... 'Cause I'd kind of like to see it... But then it'd be kind of big even if the font were smaller and you know people would always be asking what it meant. *sigh* And then I had an even better idea! What if I just got the yellow ribbon? It'd still be symbolic (especially to me); it would be very simple and small, and I wouldn't have 9 zillion people asking what it meant.
So far, I'm liking this idea and still considering putting it on my right wrist. I just don't know. I have issues with the classy-ness of tattoos. I mean, I obviously already have one, but having one that is visible is - to me - different than having two that are visible. Sure it could be covered with a big bracelet or something, but... For some reason, I have this fear that my having tattoos that are visible are going to impact Joe's career or make people think I'm some trashy chick with a whole bunch of tattoos. That's probably irrational, isn't it? =P
What are your thoughts on it? Classy or trashy? Please help!
Hope y'all are having a fantabulous weekend!