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tattoos.



I believe that tattoos are beautiful.
I believe that MEANINGFUL tattoos are beautiful.

whenever i'm out in town, especially during the summer, i can always tell when people are eyeing my tattoos. obviously, my back is much more noticeable, but it's all the same. some people look at them with interest, some with disgust, and some with mere curiosity. i've actually had a few people come up and ask me about them. [side note: my favorite was a drunk guy at a concert. he was so happy to find out what they meant.] i am always happy to answer people when they ask, and this is what i tell them.


carpe diem
it means "seize the day" when translated from Latin. it's not a literal translation, obviously, but it's the understood one. i wanted this tattoo since the 10th grade, and when i was finally on my way to get it a few days before my 19th birthday, i was ridiculously nervous, along with excited. i got it from this really gruff German man in West Point, MS who is known to be amazing for his tattoos. once i got there, guess what else i found out? he's a YOUTH PASTOR. a german, gruff, tattoo covered man who teaches teenagers about the endless love of God. i love Coon, who's real name is Robbie. and i'll never get a tattoo from anywhere else. in any case, i got this tattoo for two reasons-

// It's a reminder to me to live my life to the fullest. on days that i wake up feeling like no one cares about me, seeing it makes me get up and do something anyway. whenever i feel like life is crashing down, it's a reminder that my life has meaning, and that there is so much i can do if i just get up and do SOMETHING. anything. just get moving. people wouldn't be so depressed and down on life if they would just seize the opportunities that they're given. don't wanna go buy groceries today? do it anyways. you may get to help someone put groceries in their car, and you may make their day doing it. don't want to go on a family vacation? go anyways. you'll bond more with your family than you think, and what better reason to travel? it's free! i could go on and on and on, but that's the gist.

// I'm a Christian. i am a Bible believing, God loving, Jesus following 20 something year old girl. and i want everyone in the world to know him just as i do. more. better. so my tattoo is also a way for me to remember to take the opportunities that i'm given. random acts of kindness show God's love in a polite, neighborly way. listening to a friend when they're upset, however awful you may be with advice, is a way to show them God's love in an even better way. living my life in such a way that others ask me why i am the way i am is what i strive to do. because i will always answer with "because my God is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. if we're all His children, then why should i be anything else but loving and kind to those around me?"




it does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.
This tattoo is also for both others and myself. I am such a dreamer. I want to travel to ALL the countries and meet ALL the people and do ALL the things. If I could be a magazine editor, music producer, singer, IT girl, and donate ALL the money to charities around the world, I would. Half my time is spent doing, but the other half is definitely spent thinking about the future. This quote is from HP as well, and it’s a good daily reminder to myself. If I want something to happen, I have to actually go after it. If you want something HUGE to be a part of your life [or vice versa], you can’t just talk about it. If you do, you’re going to end up as a 90 year old rocking in a chair telling your grandchildren about all the things you wished you’d done with your life. And I choose not to do that. I choose to take action and be a part of the world. I choose to live my dreams. And I hope that whoever sees this tattoo will take that message to heart.




you shall love your crooked neighbor with all your crooked heart.
As most of you know, Looking for Alaska is my favorite book. 
It's extremely near and dear to my heart, and this quote is used in it. It's originally from a poem called As I Walked Out One Evening by W. H. Auden. and, technically, the original quote doesn't have the "all" in it. That, I added. Because, to me, this quote means that no one should judge anyone else. We are all sinners, and even if you're not a Christian, we are still all people. We all have to live on this planet, and we all have to deal with one another. I believe that no one has the right to judge anyone else, because no one has been in anyone else's situation. I know that i can't see this tattoo everyday, but I hope that others do. And I hope that some are intelligent enough to understand what I mean by it. Love others as you love yourself. As God loves you. 






always.
This tattoo is both for other people and myself. If you know where it’s from just from hearing the word, we can probably be best friends from now until the end of time, so you should message me. But if not – it’s from Harry Potter. While I absolutely adore that series anyway, the message that just this one word gives is so important to me. There’s a point in the last book that Dumbledore is speaking to Snape about Lily, Harry’s mom. The short passage goes like this:

Dumbledore watched her fly away, and as her silvery glow faded he turned back to Snape, and his eyes were full of tears.
“After all this time?”
“Always,” said Snape.

You’ll have to read the book to fully understand the context and why it’s so important, but it is basically Snape’s confession that he is still in love with Lily. Even though she didn’t choose him, even though her boyfriend [and later husband] bullied him, even though she’d been dead for many years, and even though he hated her son, he still loved her. He loved her enough to switch sides and give his loyalties to Dumbledore, in the hopes that he would keep her safe from Voldemort. He loved her more than I can even imagine loving someone, and that’s how I want my husband to love me and I him. Minus all the dark magic and death, of course. It’s a reminder not to settle with someone who doesn’t respect, love, and cherish me. Because there’s someone out there who would.




we read to know we are not alone.
I feel like this one is self explanatory. I read so so so much whenever I have the time. When I'm stressed out, it calms me down more than anything else. When I'm sad, I surround myself with characters and people who feel like friends. People going through the same things I am, or maybe people going through worse. And when I'm happy, I adventure through new worlds with these same characters that I attach myself to. I read for multitudes of reasons, but this one is such a great part of my life that I have to say it's the biggest one. I read to know I am not alone, no matter what I may be going through.

And I hope you do too.




I just think that tattoos are a beautiful way of telling people who you are. It’s a form of expression that I am all about. They’re conversation starters and reminders of better things. At least, if they’re not just colors on your skin while you were drunk at the beach with friends.
That’s a little bit different.


I would absolutely love to hear about any and all of your tattoos as well. 
Be sure to leave me a comment. (:

xx

41 comments:

  1. LOVE this, and your explanation of why you got each one, what they mean to you, and how they server as a reminder to live your life in a way that brings glory to God. {also love that the guy who gave them to you is a youth pastor, holla!}

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  2. Allison!!

    These are so cool. I have a serious love for tattoos and people who get them- especially when they mean something so dear to them. I have two, and just got my first one touched up with script added in honor of my passing Grandmother. This rocks!! Love your tats girl.

    XO Jenna
    Demureindiamonds.com

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  3. Couldn't agree with you more! LOVE, love, love the placement of them both. And the script on your wrists is beautiful! ♥

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  4. I absolutely love your tattoos! They are adorable, and have such great meanings. I have a few myself, but I would love more. Just found your blog, definitely following! Can't wait to learn more :)

    - Kailagh
    lovealwaysfreckles.blogspot.com

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  5. Hey girl! I love your tattoos!! I'm too chicken to ever get any!!!haha Your blog is super cute so I've nominated you for the Liebster Award. Details are on my blog, you don't have to do it if you don't want to.
    http://mycraftaffair.blogspot.com/2013/07/liebster-award.html

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  6. This is great! I have three tattoos and the meaning isn't as deep as yours, but I love them all the same. The meanings have changed throughout the years for me. Maybe that's why I love them so much. Thanks for sharing!

    xo Megan, Lush to Blush

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  7. This is so accurate & funny. I recently wrote an article about my tattoos, their meaning, & meaningless tattoos. Your tattoo is beautiful & so is its meaning.

    http://just-another-twenty-something.blogspot.com/2014/01/ive-always-found-tattooing-beautiful.html#comment-form
    Feel free to check out my post about it!

    xx

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  8. Is it weird that I teared up reading this? I'm Christian too and believe whole-heartedly in loving everybody equally and leading by example. I strive to show God's love to others not by preaching at them, but by showing them kindness and loving them as He loves them. I also am a huge, HUGE Harry Potter nerd and just died when I saw your "always" tattoo. Snape's love for Lily is one of the most romantic and heartbreaking things I've ever heard. Your tattoos are beautiful and YOU are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!
    xo Madeleine
    www.smalltownrootsandcowboyboots.com

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  9. Love the stories behind all of your tattoos. It makes me want to get some book-related tats! My favorite is the "Always" one. Obviously I LOVE HP, but I also love the look and placing of it. Your tats are amazing! So cute. Also, love that bathing suit in the second picture. Adorable.

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  10. I really love your tattoos!
    I have to ask, cause I'm a techie fan...what is the green bracelet you're wearing with the headphone jack for? It's cute, and I'm dying to know what it does! lol

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  11. I adore these! I've always wanted tattoos but am waiting until I am struck with ideas I just can't get out of my head. Thanks for sharing and inspiring :)

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  12. I love all of your tattoos! I also believe that tattoos should be meaningful. All of mine are for people that I love. Thanks for sharing! :)

    P.S. I'm a HUGE Harry Potter fan!

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  13. These are so beautiful and I love that you created a whole page just for them!


    www.sincerelyalaska.blogspot.com

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  14. I adore your tattoos. Getting inked is not for me, but you have beautiful ones done in a very elegant way. I love that they all have meaning and the spots you chose for them are unique.

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  15. I don't have any tattoos and I am sure I will never have any because I don't handle pain well. Thank you for sharing your tats with us.

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  16. Love your tattoos! I have a few including a Samoan arm band and a dove on my shoulder.I did not get tattoos til I was in my 30's.

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  17. This is so true to life for me ..Not to dwell on dreams ,get up get going on the ''carpe diem'' one and i just told a friend the other day ''mom told me not to do neighbors''. YOU are so good at your writing and to why each one means so much to you .This sure beats the ugly ,mean tats my son has .of clowns .
    I haven't talked myself into a tat yet..I am too afraid Jesus won't recognize me... I want too many.. :D

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  18. the tattoo on the side with the bikin shot is the one i want to get! soon...

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  19. Your tatto0s are cool,I like the one that goes down your side.

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  20. what i noticed is how sexy you are!!!

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  21. Oh wow I like the one that goes down the side. It emphasizes the curves too!

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  22. I have two tattoos that mean something to me too. Owls that represent my sister who passed away from a brain tumor at 6 (did you switch your facebook or twitter to a yellow ribbon for the month of September? ) and two owls that represent my son and I. I also have one that means next to nothing and i strongly regret it and dislike it.

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  23. wow , I just got another tattoo over the summer, just a tree with black birds flying away.. i do like yours and love what they stand for, I may just get one even @ my age loll ;) thanks for sharing

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  24. That's some really nice ink. I love that each one has it's own meaning. No quick flash card stuff here. I have designed each of my tattoos. I also love it when someone askes me about them. Each one is a statement.

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  25. I really like your tattoos, my daughter has some very nice ones as well.

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  26. very cool nice reading the explanation behind each one

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  27. I love your tattoos and it is great that each one has a special meaning, not just a pretty picture.

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  28. So many lovely tattoos! and meaningful which is the best part. i love the ones u have on the side of ur body

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  29. LOVE your tats!! Very cool :) I want one so bad I just haven't built up the courage yet haha

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  30. I have a tattoo that has a lot of meaning to me. I put a lot of thought and time into before I got it.

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  31. I've always been ambivalent about tattoos, but yours are gorgeous. They make me want one! Haha.

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  32. Awesome tattoos..thank you for sharing!

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  33. Love the tattoos! I am planning on getting a tattoo this year for my birthday present!

    -Ashlee

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  34. Meaningful tattoos are beautiful I always love the saying Live Laugh Love so I have a heartbeatlaughheart on my left write I love it.

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  35. amazing tattoos.! I love that each one has it's own meaning

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  36. Awesome tattoos. I like that they each have a significance to you. very nice

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  37. These are very cute. Thank you for sharing.

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  38. I have wanted to get a tattoo for a long time. I want one to honor my father who passed away. My mom told me he would rather me plant a tree in his honor ;) Tee hee.

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  39. My wife has the "always" tattoo in the same place!

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