I never thought I'd get a tattoo...let alone 3 of them. It all started because my grade school best friend Sheri and I wanted to get them together back in the 90’s. We pondered for a good year, but never took the plunge. Little did I know; she would never actually get one after I decided to go ahead and do it (and still hasn't)! That was in 1997-8ish when I was 32. I never recorded the exact date, I just remember my age at the time.
I wanted a hummingbird, since my mom loved them so much, and had me interested in the pretty little critters too. I love them because they are busy, colorful, fast and they rarely slow down--like me so it seemed fitting. I was never super happy with it and even contemplated having it removed or covered with another design. In late 2012 after my divorce, my (now husband) Jamison and I both had tattoos we hated and contemplating changing. He had a bad homemade tattoo on his leg from a crazy decision to let a friend with a tattoo gun try it out on him in his earlier days. We decided we would remedy the situation(s). I had my hummingbird enhanced and added flowers and vines and Jamison had his tribal leg tattoo repaired to a design that really has no meaning. I finally embraced my ink for the first time in 13 years.
A few months later, I wanted another. The decision on what to get and why came easy. Jamison and I are firm believers in the "Body, Mind & Spirit" concept as an integral part of our connection and how they are all intertwined and necessary in a healthy relationship. For me, it also means that our overall well-being comes from more than just our physical health, but also our mental and spiritual health too. When I learned my father had been diagnosed with stage IV cancer in December of 2012, I wanted to get some sort of tattoo as a tribute to him. He is Italian and since I'm totally in love with our Italian heritage, I decided to get "Body, Mind and Spirit" in Italian on my lower, left back/hip area and in red ink (my favorite color). On Valentine's Day 2013, we went together and got "Corpo Mente Spirito" tattoos.
Lastly, I wanted a tattoo that symbolized Jamison’s and my marriage. We both love hearts. My favorite colors are red and his is blue. Our wedding color was purple (red + blue = purple). I chose a simple three-heart design and had it tattooed onto my back on Valentine's Day 2014. I love my ink and all the things they symbolize. No regrets!
In 2018, I got my eyeliner tattooed! Hands down, one of the best decisions I ever made. It looks natural and I never, ever have to worry about smudging or waking up and running out the door sans make-up. It’s just enough to make the eyes pop and look awake and ready for the day!