That’s right folks, Naomi is finally getting her first tattoo. After years (and I mean yeaaars) of umming and aahing over the idea of getting one, I’ve finally decided that this May. My skin is going to meet ink and make a masterpiece.
I’ve always liked the idea of getting a tattoo and really admire other people’s ones whenever I see them. For me, however, deciding to take the plunge has been a huge struggle. Ingrained with the notion that natural means beautiful, I was ao afraid that if I changed anything on my body, be it my hair colour or getting a tattoo. I always worried that people would only like me for those reasons and would leave if they were stripped away. It’s ridiculous, I know.
That being said, it’s been a long internal battle of me telling myself to shut up, and I’m glad to say that I’ve kind of won. And by ‘kind of’, I mean I’m going to do it whether my brain likes it or not. I’m proud of myself for having got to a place where I can say that on my good days.
I’ve always known that I wanted my first tattoo to be meaningful, and had a few ideas in mind. However, with my time in Japan coming to a close, I know I want to dedicate something to this time. Then I can remember all the amazing memories and people when I look at it. Not wanting the typical sakura, I ended up deciding on a folded paper crane surrounded by hydrangeas.
As many of you know, Nagasaki was bombed and like Hiroshima, the people of Nagasaki hold a special significance to the paper crane and see it as a sign of home. On top of that, the hydrangea just happens to be Nagasaki’s flower. My Nan also used to have these outside her old house, so they double up in meaning, which is nice.
Pinterest served as the perfect inspiration when deciding on my tattoo concept, so I thought I’d share some with you today.
Here’s an idea of what my tattoo is going to look like