I'd been wanting to get a tattoo for a little while but I hadn't been able to decide on what image I wanted.
I love visual art and I love the idea of a time in your life being symbolised on your skin. I prefer an image over words as words can date easier and you would more often have to explain the meaning of a piece of text.
I got a cherry blossom branch on my ribs done in a watercolour style. I chose cherry blossoms due to their symbolism and also beauty. In Chinese culture they are a symbol of mortality and in Japanese culture they are a symbol of femininity and beauty.
After the last 12 months of my life I have come to realise that I am not immortal.
Life is short and is to be enjoyed.
Whenever I see my tattoo I am reminded of this.
I have had many compliments on my tattoo and have to give credit to Steve Moss at Eternal Art Tattoo and Body Piercing in Sunbury, Victoria for doing such a brilliant job. He is moving to Brisbane fairly soon so any Brisbanites who like his work now have the opportunity to have him tattoo you! I've had a few people say that its big for a first tattoo and it is a little bigger than I first imagined, but I love it and I'm happy with it so that's all that matters. What is the point of getting something small just because it's your first tattoo.
It took 2 hours and wasn't as bad, pain wise, as I thought it would be. It actually felt really cool on my ribs. I told my tattooist this at the time and he thought I was a little strange....haha
I don't have a problem with anyone using my tattoo as inspiration for theirs but please don't steal my image to copy. Every tattoo is unique and credit should be given to the awesome artists who create them. This was drawn freehand onto my body.
Eternal Art Tattooing and Piercing's Website
Check it out :)