To Love a Rose: An Ethiopian Adoption Journal

Thursday, May 5, 2011


Okay, this has nothing to do with TTC; I realize that.  But, lately I've been (dare I say it) regretting a few of my tattoos.  I never thought I'd be saying this, but it's just how I've been feeling. 

I want to say that I'm a big fan of tattoos, and I have six of them.  They all have specific meanings to me, and I have enjoyed having them.  Recently, though, I started thinking about getting back into theater; and as I started searching for good tattoo cover-up makeup, I began to think that it would just be easier to get rid of them, rather than consistently cover them up.

This is a huge decision.  I realize that.  So, I'm taking things really slowly.  I've only just begun researching cover-up kits and just found a laser removal center in Springfield that I'm considering having a consultation with sometime.  I would, of course, wait to do anything until after the baby came (if we're pg); so, this isn't something that will happen immediately, but might begin next year or so.

All of this has made me nostalgic for my tattoos.  So, I'm going to post some pictures of my they are!

Tattoo of my band's logo (without the heart being "broken") on my left forearm.  This is one I'm considering having lasered off.
First tattoo I ever got when I was 19 on my lower, right back.  A sacred heart with the Latin quote "tolle saxum et eo ego est" ("Lift a rock, and I am there." from the Gospel of St. Thomas).
"Shanti" (Sanskrit for "peace") just above my right wrist.  I might laser this and have something put in its place.
Date my sister was diagnosed with an AVM on her brain under my left breast.
Rosary on my left foot/ankle.
Old school owl (made to look like an old school sparrow) with a banner reading "Anything lost may be found if sought." Which is a slight summary of a quote from Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene saying, "For there is nothing lost that may be found if lost."  This is probably my most beautiful tattoo, but I am thinking of having it lasered; because it is the most prominent and least easy to cover.
Again, I'm in the very early stages of deciding what to do; in a way, it makes me quite sad to even think of doing this.  On the other hand, I feel that it is the right thing to do for my future...

What about you?  Do you have "tattoo remorse"?  Any tattoos that you have considered removing or covering up?  Or, are you totally in love with all of your ink?  I'm so torn right now; I don't even know what to think!

'Night Everyone,


  1. Oh I really like that owl/sparrow tattoo. Very pretty.

    I have a BIG tattoo on my back that I got as a teenager that I now regret. I won't get it removed, but may one day get more done around it so it's not so prominant.
    I actually want more tattoos heh. I would like to get a full sleeve one of these days :D

  2. Lisa, thanks, I's definitely my prettiest tattoo; it makes me very sad to think about removing it.

    Honestly, being in a rock band, the tattoos don't matter; but for theater, it's a big deal. You need to be a blank slate for theater, and these tattoos make that very difficult. *le sigh*

    I still have no clue what I'm going to do about it all...I keep going back and forth. So, I guess it's a good thing I've got lots of time to think it through.

    Mr. C is working on a sleeve on his left arm too! :) What's your tattoo on your back of? I love tattoo culture and would be sad to not be a part of that anymore...ugh! Decisions, decisions!


  3. *nods* I understand about the theater. Very difficult decision you're going to have to make.

    My back tattoo is just black. It's a fairy coming out of a lotus flower. Design I drew myself way back in the day. It's not a bad tattoo, but I wouldn't mind changing it a bit if possible.
    My first tattoo is on my right calf. It's a generic one that I got out of one of the tattoo design books lol. A howling wolf head w/ a crescent moon behind it. Would like to get more to that one as well. Touch it up to make it look a bit more updated and fresh.
    Of course none of this is gonna happen any time soon though.

  4. they wont go away 100% so if thats your reason to remove them just keep that in mind. I love 'em tho! I'd keep 'em. I had one I hated but just had it covered with something else and it turned out awesome!

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  6. Hi.. I think your tats are quite nice.. however your shanti tattoo is spelled wrong.. How do I know this? I'm Indian and I learned sanskrit for 12 years.. What you have is pronounced as shunti and not shanti.. and shunti doesn't mean anything in sanskrit.. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.. but if you are thinking of having it lasered off.. you should go ahead and get something else..

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