A Writer’s 1st Tattoo

I got my first tattoo a couple weeks ago. I’m a little in love with it, to the point where I grin every time I look down at my wrist. That’s how it should be, as part of the entire purpose was to feel inspired and motivated each time I see it. I promised myself when I hit a certain sales mark (1,000 books sold across the shelf this year), I’d treat myself. It happened even sooner than I expected, and it’s a goal I’m proud to have accomplished.

Since I’ve had a few people ask about the meaning behind the tattoo, I thought I’d list them here.

 

Tattoo

  1. I’m a writer, both for fun and in my day job. That one’s obvious. My words and stories flow through my fingertips and it felt only appropriate the tattoo go on my wrist.
  2. Another specific reason for my wrist – those quotation marks around my veins are a reminder: I get one life to live, one story to tell, so I better make it count.
  3. I use air quotes a lot – now I’ve got the ink to back it up.
  4. I often think about things in real time as a story. I might see someone leave a room, for example, and think (just like this) “The woman left the room in a hurry” and then proceed to wonder why and what happens next. (People-watching is one of my favorite hobbies.)
  5. A reward for all my hard work over the years – this is a reminder of what I’ve done and how far I’ve come since starting this author adventure, of how much I’ve loved every minute of what I’ve earned.
  6. A reminder of what’s to come – motivation to continue working hard to put my stories out and provide readers an escape from reality, and of why I love doing what I do.

I think I finally understand now why people love getting tattoos. It’s truly something I did for ME and no one else, and I’m proud of the reasons why I have it. When I see it, I think about all those reasons above and it only increases my love for it. As a writer, these are important things for me to remember, and now that it’s permanently on my skin, the constant reminders will never go away – and that’s a great thing.

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