“My body is my journal, and my tattoo’s are my story.”

Tattoo’s tend to mean different things to different people. Some people are survivors others adventurers, all with their unique experiences and original story. Two people could have the exact same tattoo and yet still have two completely different purposes for choosing such mark. Like a four leaf clover could have several meanings to several owners. It could be Irish descent, for luck of the clover, or possibly a symbol for someone close who was lost.

These marks are not just skin deep. Yet there is no way of knowing the significance at a single glance, or even multiple glances for that matter. Although so many try, they could not possibly know the pain, the joy that person has gone through and I don’t mean the needle.

Pain and joy are one in the same, you can not have one without the other. Life gives us challenges, we all go through them, and what better way to prove we had overcome that obstacle then with a symbol that permanently stays as a reminder of that very accomplishment.

I am nowhere near to saying pain and joy or the absence of both are the only reasons for people to write their story because it is not. There are endless reasons for a person to get a tattoo, it could even be spur of the moment. It’s the feelings that go into that specific tattoo that do. These feelings that we become so attached to we need a visible reminder of them every day.

And for those of you who are against this type of beautification of what others have to say on their own bodies, their own canvas! Remember this, we all have marks on us whether if the rest of the world can see them or not. It’s up to you to determine whether you want to embrace them or hide them away.

No matter the reason, Joy or pain, these marks stay as that reminder. No matter where life takes you or who gets in your way. No matter what comes next one can always look back and treasure all the memories that led up to that mark and that you are a better you for it.

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