Pink hawthorn flower - pink is a color of comfort, hawthorn flowers for the month of May. May 23rd is the anniversary of my grandmother’s death and my birthday.
Red cardinal - I wanted three separate birds to represent faith, love, and hope, but to avoid clutter, we went with a red cardinal because red is a bold, passionate color and the cardinal and a bird that represents love for its color, and it’s also a bird of strength. It’s for my journalism teacher.
Faith is for healing and will be for my YIG director, love is for unconditional acceptance, and hope is for feeling something in my life and that would be for my 11th grade English teacher. I plan to get more flowers added in some odd years to finish up those meanings.
Credit - Javier @ Tough Luck Tattoo
That photo was taken as soon as the tattoo was finished, not even fully cleaned up and ready to be wrapped. I will finally post the story behind this tattoo for anybody who may care, because yes, those are Bieber lyrics on my foot.
I got it back in October, and while my parents have no idea it exists, that’s one of the reasons why it’s so awesome. I just went out and got it done and didn’t care what anybody thought.
It helps me get through rough days. To be 110% honest, the lyrics are from a Bieber song. Not BECAUSE it’s a Bieb song and I was like “omg! I need a Justin Bieber tattoo!” but, they just really fit with what I needed. His music just makes me happy, shoot me, and I was listening to it A LOT in the Fall, and it just… fit with what I needed. The song’s called “Up” and it’s about not giving up a relationship just because things get bad, and in the chorus, he says:
We can go nowhere but up,
From here, my dear
Baby, we can go nowhere but up
Tell me what we’ve got to fear
We’ll take it to the sky,
Past the moon, through the galaxy
As long as you’re with me,
With the strength of our love,
We can go nowhere but up
So, I applied that to my own life. When things get super bad, and when I’m looking down, it’s there to remind me that things can only get better. I can take chances because sometimes, you just have to. I don’t want to get into WHY, exactly, things were/are bad, but, we can just say that being me is not fun right now, at all, and nobody knows ALL of the reasons. All of my hopes to get out of my house and start new rely in one letter I’ll be getting in the mail in two weeks.
I’m keeping all of my fingers crossed and hoping so badly for it. But, generally… things will only get better. Update on that: I wasn’t accepted into that college. I can’t even tell you how hard and for how long I cried, because I was so heart broken because I just… blew another chance. It sucks to have gone through so much with so many schools, and to finally have a stroke of confidence and just… be stuck. A lot has gone on since then, with a lot of emotional, physical/health problems and so many issues at home, and it’s hard to look on the bright side, sometimes.
The balloon is red because red is a color of passion. I have so much passion in what I want to do, and that’s going to take me places - like up.
Some of his songs in particular are really my go-to things when I feel really upset or have a bad day, and they really do make me feel better. Everybody knows this feeling - I have a playlist of some songs that just make me feel okay when life really sucks, consisting of bands like Green Day (my favorite) and The Used and Fall Out Boy and even Bieber and Ke$ha. They just help, and “Up” really helped for me.
SO one of my goals in life is to tell Biebs about this, because I feel like he has a right to know.
A lot of people try to piss on your parade and point out everything bad about a tattoo. I can tell you that there hasn’t been a SINGLE day where I haven’t looked down at my foot and smiled.