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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Tattooed Mama

Welcome to the first of my Tattooed Mama/Papa interview series.   

Ive asked lots of mums and dads to share with me the stories behind their tattoos, which I shall be sharing with you all.

So let’s kick off with my tattoos! I’ve got five in total, each with their own little story.

I remember my very first tattoo - it was a simple tiny rose - I was 19 and I went to the tattoo shop in my lunch break to have it done.

I then went back and added my then husbands initials next to the rose (in hindsight not a good move as we divorced seven years later).

I was hooked and so then came the next tattoo - a memorial to brother - a simple Chinese symbol meaning ‘rain’ as it was the closest thing I could think of to his actual surname of Raine and numbers either side representing his year of birth and year of death.

After I remarried I had the rose and initials covered up, with a bigger rose. I picked a rose as it’s one of my favourite flowers.

I love all things butterfly, so I had two tattooed between my shoulder blades - they represent lots of things - my new life with a new husband, me and my brother and my mum and dad.  The tattoo artist suggested placing them centrally in case I wanted to add any more butterflies in at a later date.

For our first wedding anniversary myself and my new husband had matching tattoos done. Celtic knots. Mine is on the inside of my wrist and his is on his calf.

My latest tattoo I had done the day I found out I needed a hysterectomy - it represents my boys so contains their initials, an infinity symbol, and the number 13 in Roman numerals.  Both my children were born on the 13th day of the month and are exactly 13 months apart - so the number 13 holds a lot of significance in our house.

I’m planning more tattoos, but my hubby has told me jokingly (I think) that I can’t until he’s had some more done so he can catch up with me (he’s got two, the Celtic knot and a green man).

Are you a Mama or Papa with tattoos? Want to take part in my interview series? Then I’d love to hear from you!


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