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Sunday, March 21, 2010


I missed you while I was away, but my trip to Vegas was everything I hoped it would be and more. I got a little sun, won a little money, had some amazing meals and shared lots of laughs with my friends and got inked!

I got my first tattoo in 1993 with four high school girlfriends, all of which I am still friends with: Katie, Kendra, Kristin and Sara. We were all in Phoenix for a mini reunion, attending the graduation of our friends and after breakfast one morning with nothing else planned to do, we decided to get tattoos. We couldn't agree what we would all get, but we did agree where we wanted to get it (our right hips).

We soon found a tattoo parlor and after consent forms had been signed and we drew numbers to see who would go first (I was third), we were pouring though albums of artwork and scouring the walls of the shop to find the perfect design. I chose a sunflower, my favorite flower. Over the years, everyone has added to their tattoo or got another one (or more).

They say once you get one tattoo, you are likely to get another....

I got my second tattoo, a beautiful angel wing on my right ankle, in August 2002 on a weekend visit to help your aunt Leah move into her dorm at U of A. She was going to get one then too, but chickened out at the last minute. She has since gotten one and has had it embellished.

After dinner on Thursday night at Nove at the Palms hotel, my friend Diana and I both found ourselves at Huntington Ink, the most over priced tattoo shop on the strip! We were committed so there was no turning back. My newest addition, taking all of three minutes and didn't hurt a bit, is two small stars on the top of my right foot. I have been wanting them for almost three years and had often drew them on to see how they would look. Once my parents died, I really wanted them in their memory.

Tattoos are permanent and each one of mine has deep and personal meaning. I have no regrets about any of them; they are a part of me and I love them.

The best is yet to be.

Day 26/100

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Blogger mamacoreenie said...

I wholeheartedly agree! i have three tattoos myself and each one represents a specific and special time of my life. I've been working on my 4th, I know what I want and where I want it, just gotta wait until baby is born! :)

March 22, 2010 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I love your tattoo and I am sure that mom and dad are loving it too! I totally agree with you, tattoos can be wonderful expressions of whatever you want and they are precious ways to do just that. I totally want another one but no idea where I would put it...Any ideas?

March 22, 2010 at 11:15 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

so, you really felt like you needing another after getting one, eh? :)

September 14, 2010 at 1:27 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

I love them & almost exactly what I want. Simple & meaningful.

September 14, 2010 at 3:04 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

apparently i commented on this! ha! i guess i love to hear a good tattoo story!

December 31, 2010 at 8:32 AM  
Blogger Poppy said...

I had my one and only panic attack in this very tattoo parlor which is why I don't have any ink. I think you inspired a blog :) And it was expensive!!

December 31, 2010 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Kimber Leszczuk. said...

I love tattoos. I have two. I have one on my lower abdomen that is a butterfly and I got it just after my divorce. It symbolized change and rebirth. The other one is a celtic knotwork triangle on my lower back and it has special meaning to me as well - and several of my closest friends have the very same tattoo on various other parts of their body. :)

December 31, 2010 at 12:54 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I love this, and didn't see this post the first time around. What a wonderful tribute, and living in California you probably have bare feet almost all the time....

January 1, 2011 at 8:40 PM  
Anonymous MamaRobinJ said...

This is great - thanks for sending me this link. I love the starts - what a great idea. I'm thinking more and more about it - it would definitely be a meaningful one.

July 2, 2011 at 8:00 PM  

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