20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

20 Small Tattoos With Big Meanings

Tattoos with meaning you can't deny.
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It's tough to find perfect tattoos with meaning. You probably want something permanent on your body to mean something deeply, but how do you choose a tattoo that will still be significant in 5, 10, 15, or 50 years? Over time, tattoos have lost much of their stigma and many people consider them a form of art, but it's still possible to get a tattoo you regret. So here are 20 tattoos where you can't go wrong. Here are 20 small tattoos with big meanings. (But don't blame me if you still have to deal with questions that everyone with a tattoo is tired of hearing!).

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1. A semi-colon indicates a pause in a sentence but does not end. Sometimes it seems like you may have stopped, but you choose to continue on.



2. "A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor."



3. Top symbol: unclosed delta symbol which represents open to change. Bottom symbol: strategy.



4. "There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls."



5. Viking symbol meaning "create your own reality."



6.Greek symbol of Inguz: where there's a will, there's a way.

7. Psalm 18:33 "He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights."



8. 'Ohm' tattoo that represents 4 different states of consciousness and a world of illusion: waking (jagrat), dreaming (swapna), deep sleep (sushupti), transcendental state (turiya) and world of illusion (maya)



9. Alchemy: symbolizes copper, means love, balance, feminine beauty and artistic creativity.



10. The Greek word “Meraki” means to do something with soul, passion, love and creativity or to put yourself in to whatever you do.



11. Malin (Skövde, Sweden) – you have to face setbacks to be able to go forward.

12. Symbol meaning "thief" from the Hobbit. It was the rune Gandalf etched into Bilbo's door so the dwarves could find his house.



13. “Lux in tenebris” means “light in darkness.”

14. Anchor Tattoo: symbolizing strength & stability, something (or someone) who holds you in place, and provides you the strength to hold on no matter how rough things get.

15."Ad Maiora” is translated literally as “Towards greater things.” It is a formula of greeting used to wish more success in life, career or love.



16. A glyphs means “explore.” It was meant as a reminder for me to never stop exploring.

17. "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam," meaning roughly, "Either I shall find a way, or I will make one."



18. Lotus Flower. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning: rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.

19. The zen (or ensō) circle to me represents enlightenment, the universe & the strength we all have inside of us.

20. Two meanings. The moon affirms life. It looks as if it is constantly changing. Can reminds us of the inconsistency of life. It is also symbolizes the continuous circular nature of time and even karma.


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13 Thoughts A Mixed-Girl Has Before Getting A Haircut

A hair-raising journey.
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I have a haircut this Friday. This is a statement which to most would appear to be innocuous. Run of the mill. Completely mundane.

However, coming from the perspective of a person about to finish her undergraduate collegiate work who hasn't had a professional haircut since her junior year in high school, going in for a haircut is not an ordinary occurrence.

As a person on mixed-race who has always had very curly hair, it can be pretty surprising to hear that I’ve never been quite comfortable with it. Anyways, here are some of the thoughts I’ve been thinking as my appointment with Doom steadily approaches.

1. Is this really necessary?

Why suffer through the public humiliation of walking around when I could just go back to having my mom cut my hair?

2. Is it too late to cancel?

It’s not like there’s a fee right? But you shouldn’t. You really shouldn’t.

3. Shrinkage sucks.

End of story.

4. Is shaving my head an option?

Yes. But not for me. Back to the drawing board.

5. People do this all the time.

This is a normal thing. Don’t let your hair keep breaking off at your shoulders. Take care of yourself.

6. Some people enjoy having their hair cut.

Why can’t I be some people?

7. Do I look good in hats?

Wearing hats can be my new lifestyle if necessary, right?

8. Is it really too late to cancel?

Yes. Yes, it is. Please stop considering this.

9. It will grow back.

… Eventually.

10. Hair-y Styles

Because my brain processes trauma with puns.

11. It’s okay if you cry.

But this time, just try not to do it in the bathroom halfway through your appointment. You’re a grown up now, you can wait until you get home.

12. I wonder how long it’s going to take this time.

Because it takes a real long time to cut curly hair.

13. Everything is going to be just fine.

This is the one I’m trying to let outweigh all the other jumbled, nervous thoughts I have running around in my head because a good or bad haircut doesn’t determine who you are.

Obviously, I cannot speak to the experience of all mixed women. There are certainly those who have found hairstylists and cuts that they are completely comfortable with. These are just some of the thoughts and questions that will continue to haunt me until this Friday. Maybe one day I will finally understand what it’s like to look forward to the exhilarating change that accompanies a fresh cut. But seeing as that day is not today, here’s to hoping I won’t be wearing hats for the next few weeks.

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My Favorite (And Least Favorite) Eyeshadow Palettes

Here is everything I wish I knew before spending $50+ at Ulta.
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As a huge makeup lover and collector, I own way more eyeshadow palettes than I know what to do with. Even though I wear the same three shades almost every single day of the week, I still purchase new, high-end eyeshadow palettes religiously. After many years of spending hundreds of dollars at my local Ulta, I have come to the conclusion that not all high-end eyeshadow palettes are worth it. Here are some of the eyeshadow palettes that I have loved and some that I wish I had never bought.

My Favorites:

1. Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar by Too Faced

Too Faced is possibly my absolute favorite makeup brand. Not only do their products work incredibly well, but they smell as good as they look. The Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette is a beautiful eyeshadow palette composed of warm brown shades. This is possibly one of the best palettes I have ever purchased.

2. Naked by Urban Decay

Everybody has heard of the Naked palettes by Urban Decay. They have been wildly popular in the past several years, but the only one I truly love is the original Naked palette. As someone with brown/green hazel eyes, the colors in this palette compliment my eye color. The application of the eyeshadow is amazing, and I have used every color eyeshadow in this palette.

3. Natural Eyes by Too Faced

Again, another Too Faced palette. I had actually never planned on buying this palette because it is very small and I didn't think it would be worth it. However, my manager convinced me to impulsively buy it and I do not regret it at all. The Natural Eyes palette is compact yet contains beautiful warm tones of eyeshadow for any occasion. This is my go-to eyeshadow palette for school!

My Least Favorites:

1. Modern Renaissance by Anastasia Beverly Hills

I have been using Anastasia's eyebrow products for a very long time, which is why I purchased this eyeshadow palette. Although the eyebrow pencils and pomade are great quality, the eyeshadow palette is not. The colors are beautiful, but the fallout is not worth the look. I like eyeshadow that I can apply quickly and easily, and the Modern Renaissance palette flakes onto my cheeks every time I apply it.

2. Naked 3 by Urban Decay

Although I love the original Naked, I wasn't a huge fan of Naked 3. Although the quality is great, the colors just didn't do it for me. The colors are far too light to really make an interesting makeup look.

If you are considering buying any high-end eyeshadow palettes, I hope this helps!

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