Hello! I'm Katie from Hems for Her and I am so excited to be here sharing one of my favorite tattoos with you today.
I got my first tattoo on a whim the month I turned 18. I was young; I was bored. My best friend was visiting my college town and bemoaning the lack of fun activities accessible to students under 21, and I suddenly blurted out, "Let's go get tattoos!" I had never thought about getting a tattoo, not once. I walked into the shop, picked the first piece of flash that appealed to me (so embarrassing now!), and an hour later I walked out with my first tattoo- a small cat face on my lower back. This was a few years before the term "tramp stamp" became popular, and for the most part I was oblivious to it for years.
|Not the tattoo I'm talking about today, but|
I felt really weird just showing you my back, you know?
Every once in a while I would be reminded of the tattoo, and throughout the years I've added four other tattoos (no flash, I promise),but the first one mostly lain forgotten. I ignored the occasional teasing about my crazy, college tramp stamp, but for my 30th birthday, I decided to get it covered. I am an English teacher, so I knew I wanted to get something that incorporated my love of reading and books. I am also obsessed with birds and owls- I actually have another bird tattoo, but that's for another Tattoo Tuesday- so I knew I wanted to include one of those as well. I came to my tattoo artist and said I wanted a stack of books and an owl with lots of colors. All of my tattoos are small and mostly black ink. I knew this one would be big, so I wanted it to be bright as well.
I knew I wanted to include titles on the books as well, and I love that I have a few blank books to add to later. It was tough to choose "favorites", especially since I had to choose from books with very short titles, but I knew I had to include Daphne Du Maurier's gothic classic Rebecca. I read it for the first time in 9th grade, and I have reread it at least ten times since then. It's part ghost story, part love story and has remained over the past 15 years as one of my favorite books. One day I plan to get the first line of Rebecca tattooed on me, but for now, this will have to suffice.
I also knew I had to include my favorite Stephen King novel The Stand. I read it for the first time in high school as well and it remains one of the most gut-wrenching reading experiences of my life. I read the unabridged version, over 1,000 pages, and I remember sobbing through the last 200-300 pages because I knew it would be over eventually- that I would inevitably finish it.
Finally I included Thornton Wilder's play "Our Town" as well. It was also a throw back from my high school English classes, but the year before I got the tattoo I had played Mrs. Webber in a stage production of the play and it was such a life changing experience that I knew I wanted to commemorate it in the flesh.
Tattoos are such a personal thing. Not only is this one hidden on my back, only seen by my husband and massage therapist, but the stories within it are so personal and private that it can be hard, and time-consuming, to explain. There is nothing better than a good book, and as a teacher I try to instill a love of reading in my students. It truly is a passion of mine, and that's why I think I love this tattoo so much. Thank you, Lena, for letting me share!
Thank you Katie for sharing this awesome tattoo with us today!! I love the reason behind it! I have to admit, I've never read Rebecca... but I definitely have to now!!
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