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The Story Of My Tattoo

On my journeys so far, I’ve met many people from different walks of life. While in college, most of my visits to home would involve encounters with foreigners in Hampi. I used to take a train to my hometown Bellary which passed by Hampi. And I would most often find some people from far and wide around me. I used to wonder what motivates these people to leave the comforts of their homes and live in a foreign land for months! I kind of envied them!

I used to inevitably get into a conversation with most of them and yeah, I’ve had some memorable ones.

Most of these people had tattoos on them. Tribal designs, stars, butterflies, Chinese and Indian script, and the list goes on. And the curious cat that I am, I always used to ask them what these permanent ink marks meant. And boy! I was taken aback to hear so many stories behind those tattoos!

My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.― Johnny Depp
My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.― Johnny Depp

And that’s when I realised that tattoos talk! That this form of art is often personal and complicated. And that a tattoo is a symbol of a story that is waiting to be told.

And that’s when the thought of getting a tattoo on myself entered my mind! But it was forgotten for a while in the hustle and bustle of life. After almost two years, an impromptu conversation with friends about tattoos rekindled my interest in getting a tattoo. And this time it was strong!

I introspected on what I’m most passionate about. The first thing that struck me was TRAVEL! Yeah, I wanted a tattoo depicting my love for travel!
So, there I was! Knowing what I wanted in just a few minutes!

Then began my search for a travel related tattoo!

While browsing the internet, one particular image caught my eye and I immediately knew I wanted it. It was a pair of FOOTPRINTS!

My birthday was coming up and I felt like giving myself a present in the form of a tattoo I would love!

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So, I did it.  I went along with VJ and found a tattoo artist that I liked, discussed my thoughts and made the poor guy do the stencil three times before I was happy.  Then I sat back, stomach churning, but with a resolved mind that I was going through with it – I’d already come this far.

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The footprints are, to me, a symbol of my love of travel.
They have inspired the name of my blog too!
It was interesting to watch the tattoo being done. The pain isn’t much! Believe me.

So, I now have a pair of footprints just above my ankle. I want to travel the world and leave my footprints on the sands of time! Many people have questioned my decision of getting a tattoo. What if you don’t want it at a later point in time?

But I’m sure there won’t be any such time! I’m really very happy with it.  It’s mine.  It’s for me and I made it happen!

Do you have a tattoo? Or plan to get one for yourself? If so, what would you get? Do you like mine?

Cheers,
Gayathri

17 thoughts on “The Story Of My Tattoo

  1. Hey I have two and have stories for both the one on my wrist is a symbol of life which means I am full of life I love my life I live my life king size 🙂 the other on my ankle are three little starts which depicts three important people in my life 🙂 planning to get more 🙂

    1. Hi Sukanya! I’ve seen them both and I like them too! And I think you have got them for just the right reasons. You are one person I know who is full of life! And I admire you for that. As for the second tattoo I know who those three lucky people are 🙂

    1. Absolutely Surya! I totally agree with you 🙂 Getting a tattoo is a major milestone in life and you need to be doubly sure of it. Let’s wait for yours! Thanks for the compliments on mine 😀

  2. Welcome to the Tattoo’s world dear… i am sure you are happy and proud to have one and i should say it’s a well executed plan. I know how it feels when people walk to you and ask you those questions of having tattooed your skin permanently but i should say tattoo’s are mark of strong mindset’s who are very clear of their decisions in life. Next time we meet lets flaunt those tattoos we have and feel proud of our decisions 🙂

    Well Finally “Many just think, but Few INK what they think” 😉

    Cheers!

    1. Well said, Santhu boy! You are probably the first person I actually saw getting a tattoo right when we were in the college. Maybe subconsciously I got inspired, who knows? 😉
      Let’s think of our tattoos as a scrapbook of our life. Regrets are for the birds! 🙂
      Keep rocking!

    1. Hey Gurpreet!
      Thanks for the kind words 🙂 I have a close friend with the same name. I liked your blog. 100 days to a new me is awesome! Good luck with that:)

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