My Tattoos

Reader Suggested Topic: Tattoos

    As per a readers request today I will be talking about my tattoos. It’s another topic I am so happy to write about and it’s awesome that someone suggested it. Tattoos can represent stories, times, people, places, achievements, memorials, and the list goes on and on. The body is a giant canvas and it’s completely open for whatever you want to put on it. I knew I wanted to get tattoos around junior high but obviously that’s way too young. If I would have gotten some tattoos at a young age I’m sure I would have regretted it. But I knew as soon as I turned 18 I was going to get my first tattoo right away no questions asked.

My Rule

    Tattoos are permanent, duh! Which makes it absolutely crucial to choose something carefully. I don’t think tattoos should ever be impulsive because there is a high high high risk of dislike and regret. It may turn out nice and be something you love but there’s a better chance you won’t like it down the road. My rule for tattoos is it needs to be a year long process from inception to the the big day. So once I figured out what I wanted to get tattooed I would print off the tattoo on a piece of paper and put in on a wall or in a place I would see it everyday. If after 365 days I still have the same desire to get it done, then its worthwhile to go for the consultation and take the steps to get it done. If I am unsure at the end of the year then it gets scrapped and I move on to another idea.

First Tattoo (18 Years Old)

    The first tattoo I had done was the words ‘God’s Son’ tattooed at the top of my back. While I do believe in God, that is not why I got this done. I got it done after my personal favourite rapper and the greatest rapper of all time, Nas. I remember hearing Nas for the first time in my cousin’s car, when I was supposedly too young to be listening to that type of music, and it blew my mind. I had never heard that type of greatness musically before. I immediately loved his style, flow, and the sound of his voice. You see, Nas’ nickname is God’s Son so I figured this would be the perfect thing to get tattooed on me. I listen to a Nas song every single day, no joke. He makes my favourite music and I could never get sick of it. Granted it’s not music that is safe for young ears so now that Baby Bird is around I have to be strategic on when I can listen to it, but I still get it in. (MOST PAINFUL POINT: The first ’S’ hits right on the spine and that was quite painful. Luckily it wasn’t very long directly on the spine)

Second Tattoo (19 Years Old)

    The second tattoo I had done was the two sparrows on my chest, one on each pec. Being that my last name is Sparrow (which I love for a last name) I knew I wanted to get some sparrows tattooed on my body. Sparrow tattoos have plenty of meanings but one that I loved was that they symbolize loyalty and love. I also heard that Sparrows mate for life, which I don’t know if thats true or not but it sounds awesome especially since I found my mate for life (Love you Mama Bird). (MOST PAINFUL POINT: The tips of each wing hit at 2 different tender spots. The first was the collarbone, which on me doesn’t have much meat so that bone contact was crazy bad. The second is the edge of my armpit, it was just the smallest area on the tip of the wing but it was a drastic change from the rest of it)

Third Tattoo (21 Years Old)

    The third tattoo I had done is my favourite quote and a much bigger piece, going from top to bottom on my back. It’s a quote that I’ve seen a few different people get credit for it, from Margaret Thatcher to Mahatma Gandhi to Lao Tzu to Frank Outlaw so I don’t know who actually came up with it. The quote goes like this:

“Watch your thoughts for they become words,

Watch your words for they become your actions,

Watch your actions for they become your habits,

Watch your habits for they become your character,

Watch your character for it becomes your destiny.”

For me this is a ‘you reap what you sow’ type of message. If you think negatively and keep thinking negatively it won’t take long for everything to follow a negative path. So staying positive is important to have positivity radiate into the other areas of your life. In my house growing up my mom put that quote up on the wall in a frame and I looked at it all the time, just engraining that belief into my head. So it was the perfect quote to get put on my body permanently. (MOST PAINFUL POINT: All down the entire spine was quite a lot to handle. By the end of the 4 hours I was definitely ready for it to be done)

Fourth and Fifth Tattoos (30 Years Old)

    I’m not going to let you know just yet. You will have to wait and see :) But I will tell you this hint, I am breaking my rule for one of them ;)

*Fun Fact*

    Mama Bird has zero tattoos and doesn’t plan on getting any.  Forever a tattoo virgin.

    What do you think? Do you have tattoos? Are tattoos not for you? Do you want tattoos but can’t seem to pull the trigger? Let me know in the comments below. And if you have a topic you want to suggest for us to write about don’t hesitate to let us know by filling out the form on the Home page, Let’s Talk page, or use the form below.

- Papa Bird