I got a tattoo!

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Hi friends! I’ve been wanting a tattoo for quite some time now and I did a pretty crazy & spontaneous thing over the weekend – I got a tattoo! I’m so happy with how it turned out. What do you think? Do you like it?

Click the link below to read all about the details & see more pics:

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Just kidding!!! : ) April fools. I didn’t get a tattoo, I just used this printable tattoo paper from silhouette. I know, I know – super cheesy. It doesn’t look super real, so maybe you weren’t fooled. But I really do want a tattoo. Just not sure if I can handle the pain. But I have been decided on the word, and I asked Julie from Flourish and Whim back in 2012 to write something out for me in her beautiful calligraphy. She did a wonderful job, I just never got the tattoo! But here’s what I would get and why:

shalom 
שָׁלוֹם
peace. completeness, wholeness, delight, the fullness of the way things ought to be. peace between two entities. to restore. 

To me, this word is a promise of hope. a hope in what is to come. though we can experience love and joy in this life, we also deal with death, sickness, hate, sadness, sin, and so many other harsh things. but that is not how it was intended to be. and a day will come where we will be restored, and it will be a glorious day! this word is a reminder to me of a day that is coming, the day i wait for and hope in.

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Anyway, printing out the tattoo to “test” it out is great! It’s kind of a permeant thing, so you better be sure you’re set on the design! I think I would probably get it a lot smaller. I still like it on the arm somewhere. Maybe the wrist, which I hear will hurt a lot more. But if it’s small, maybe it won’t take too long. What about you? Any thoughts on tattoos? Do you have a tattoo? Or anyone out there want to get one?  Would love to hear your thoughts on them. Any significant stories about yours or even any regret stories!

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ps: in case you’re wondering –  my dress & bag are thrifted. (one of my fave finds ever!) the shoes are steve madden. the necklace is son of a sailor. cuff bracelet is from kmhmakes (one of my booth neighbor’s at Renegade!) and the other bracelets are from the long beach antique market.

 

22 thoughts

  1. I would never get a tattoo merely because I think they’re ugly. Also I’ve gone with some friends when they got theirs, and it looks sooo painful, too many needles, too much machine noise, blood, etc. Ugh, I couldn’t handle it!!!!

    1. It’s one thing to not want a tattoo because of the “pain, too many needles, too much machine noise, blood, etc.” But its downright rude to call them ugly.

  2. Go for it! I have an enzo on my ribs and a cherry blossom with the word Namaste on my wrist. It isn’t painful and can be quite life affirming. Shalom is a beautiful choice x

  3. Awesome. Great April Fools trick!
    I got my first tattoo about a year ago, and I haven’t regretted it for a second. It’s a constant reminder that God is my anchor, and I love it. You should do it! 😉

  4. How funny – I’m in the exact same boat as you! I had a calligrapher write out the word I want almost a year ago and still haven’t gotten it tattooed – it is so scary! Choosing a spot is so difficult..I was thinking somewhere on my inner bicep..

  5. Hi Danni, I sent you two emails in the past regarding the sponsorship options and never get a response, how can I contact you?

    Thanks!

    PS: Love the tattoo!

  6. This is really beautiful…even if you did start by tricking us ;] I never fully understood the meaning of Shalom…how beautiful. I too am looking forward to that day when all things are as they were meant to be.

  7. Such a great April Fool’s trick! And such a beautiful word, I love the depth to its meaning. I would love to get a tattoo, but like you I don’t know if I could handle the pain.

  8. Do you speak Hebrew? Are you Jewish? I’m generally against appropriating another culture in a tattoo – thinking of tons of white folks who have kanji tattoos and don’t speak the language. I think it’s disrespectful. That said, if you’re Jewish or speak the language, that’s different. :-)

  9. I have two and I love them! One on the top of my spine, and one on the top of my foot. I think tattoos are beautiful, and are made even more so when they have a beautiful meaning to the owner. They also hurt less than people think they do, yes its a needle in your skin, but certain areas on your body have less nerves and you don’t feel it as much. Even if it’s in a more sensitive area, the pain is worth it when you know you’ll love it forever.

  10. Lol~ I thought it was real after seeing your IG! I think tattoos can be beautiful and meaningful. You’re right about being really sure before taking the plunge. My friend decided to have a tattoo removed after having kids and getting older but she said removing it was even more painful than getting it~ eek!

  11. I love this! I have a few tattoos and I agree with another post here that it doesn’t hurt as much as most people make it out to be. And even my largest tattoo didn’t take much time so it’s over very quickly. Definitely make sure you love it because it will be there forever. I look at mine all the time, even after a few years of having them, and always think to myself how much I love them! So I know I made the right choices. Good luck with your decision :-)

  12. I love the meaning behind “shalom”, I actually live on a street called Shalom Creek in Texas. As for getting a tattoo, go for it! I have 6 and all mean something special to me. It would be a great conversation starter when asked the meaning behind it.

  13. ditto what Jackie said — I’d just want to ensure cultural respect, especially with something so visible and permanent :-)

  14. Go for the tattoo. You can stand the pain, it is not as bad as people try to make it sound. If you can donate blood, you can get a tattoo.

    The word that you’ve choosen is one of the most beautiful words in any language. It is an ancient word, one of the oldest words that are still in use. Remember when it came from: the time before large armies and nuclear weapons. Shalom came from a time when the worse a human could do to another was to throw a stone at him. Therefore Shalom is not only peace between nations. Not only peace between races. Shalom is peace between individual humans.

    That is the first word that I say to my daughters when they wake, and the last word that say to them when we part.

  15. I’m a sissy when it comes to pain and after I chose my first tattoo it took over a year before I finally got it. It’s not as painful as some people claim. I was totally okay except in two small spots.

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