|*this is not my tattoo*|
Fast forward to a few months ago, just before my 30th birthday, I realized that I had been wanting a tattoo for more than 12 years, and still didn't have one! Thirty is kind of a milestone birthday, and I decided it was time. I pondered it for less than a week. I went to the tattoo parlor by myself one Saturday afternoon, and just did it.
It's a song lyric on the inside of my arm. It didn't hurt that bad. If you can imagine someone drawing on your arm with a needle... That's pretty much what it felt like.
I'm very happy with it, though it turned out to be much more visible than I originally wanted. Part of the reason I waited so long to get a tattoo was because I couldn't come up with that perfect location: easily coverable, and equally show-off-able. In the end I think my arm was a good choice. If I wear a normal tshirt, it's slightly visible. But I've been on the hunt for summer-ish shirts with elbow-length sleeves, because I prefer to keep it covered most of the time.
I realize that seems silly: Why did I get the tattoo in the first place if I was just going to cover it up? But I want it to be my choice. In the end, I didn't get the tattoo for anyone except me. It makes me happy, and that's enough. If I'm honest, sometimes I'm hoping that it will impress people. I have to keep it covered at work, which doesn't bother me much, except that I had to get rid of a few polos and I sweat a bit more wearing long sleeves in 90 degree heat. I also have a part-time office job, and I try to keep it covered there because it doesn't seem professional to me. But I'm starting a leadership position at a children's ministry in a couple weeks, and I realized that I'll keep it covered there, too. Not because it's required (I haven't asked), but because I realized that I really don't want to be told that I have to cover it. I like having it as a fun secret that I can reveal if I so choose.
Maybe sometime I'll show you a picture of it... :)