Sorry That You Are Offended, But I Won't Apologize For My Tattoos

Sorry That You Are Offended, But I Won't Apologize For My Tattoos

"Tattoos are not meaningless. There is a story behind every tattoo."
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You've already made an assumption about me before I can even speak. You assume that since I have inked on my arm that I must be a; convicted felon, loser, trash, groupie or even worse. You don't even know me but since I have decided to put my heart on my sleeve, I must be the underbelly of society.

I see you watching me at the grocery store, spending time with my Mom, and even as I work. Do I intrigue you that much that you have to practically break your neck to get a glance at me as you pass? And as you turn your head for the second time, you roll your eyes in such a way that I know I have offended you. I have offended you. My body offended you. The artwork that I chose to represent myself offended you. Now say that to yourself out loud.

How ignorant it must sound.

Like I said, you don't know me. You don't know where I've been, who I've been, or why I am. There are people in this world that have this natural tendency to progress, to experiment, to break down the walls of conformity built by society.

Tattoos are not meaningless. There is a story behind every tattoo. Even if it was spur of the moment, Spring Break tattoo, there is a story behind it.

I don't expect you to understand. I mean, you have such a closed mind why would you understand? But since we are both here, I might as well attempt to talk to a brick wall. We've all lost a game, a battle, our person, losing is in human nature. When we fail and heal, we find ways to commemorate. How can you look at me with distaste as I display my feelings to the world? You can't tell me I am "trashy" because I have overcame something I want to remember.

Tattoos are for life. We know this. We made the choice to get them. We don't need negative people reminding, "you know they last forever."

How blessed I am to be able to carry something that reminds me of my Grandma everywhere I go. To wear something, no matter what. I will always have something that reminds me of her spirit.


You pity me because I have ink in my skin.
I pity you because your heart is filled with ignorance, malice, negativity. Yet, my skin is filled with beauty.

So what does it matter to you? How is my tattoo hurting you? How is it affecting your job, your life, or anyone else? It's on me, not you. Yet, you blast me behind closed doors and give me false labels. You look at me with pity, shame, and disgust. But when I look in the mirror; all I see is beauty, confidence, and creativity. Our views are distorted, they will never be the same. You judge me, you reject me, but most of all you don't understand me.

Cover Image Credit: Trent Scroggins

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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 you can't go wrong with. Each tattoo has its own unique meaning, 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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7 Things You Need To Know About Starting A Good Skin Care Routine

Does putting on a face mask and expecting it to fix all of your problems sound familiar to anyone else?

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Skin care is everything to me. If I'm having a bad day, I'll go home and plop a face mask on. Of course, a face-shaped sheet fabric isn't going to solve my life's problems, but it doesn't hurt to hope it will!

In all seriousness, taking care of your skin is absolutely necessary for living your best life. Although genetics plays a great role in the nature of your skin, good skin doesn't fully depend on your DNA. It depends on your daily habits, diet, and ultimately the TLC you give it. Everyone has different needs when it comes to their skin. However, we can all follow a general guide when it comes to knowing what types of products to use. Here is your guide to the ultimate skin care routine!

1. Cleanse

You can't begin without a squeaky clean face. The first thing I do when I wake up, or alternatively when I'm going to bed, is wash my face. It's important to invest in a good cleanser. A cleanser removes the makeup, dirt, and oil off of your face and lets your skin breathe. I like to use a makeup remover wipe to get rid of all my makeup before I go in with my cleanser. To get the most out of your cleanser, look into getting one that fits your skin's personal needs.

2. Exfoliate

Now this is something you shouldn't be doing every single day, but more like once to a few times a week based on your skin type. Exfoliating gets rid of dead skin cells and gives you a really clean and polished look. Exfoliating my skin makes it feel more alive. You don't have to be too specific on the type you get, but look out for ones that contain natural ingredients.

3. Tone

This is a step that many people either don't know much about or skip over completely. Realistically, using a toner isn't the most important thing, but it is essential if you want to get the most out of your skin care routine. Toner helps you feel clean and refreshed. It also helps to remove any leftover makeup that may have been left on your face. There are two ways to use it: either spritz it onto a cotton pad and dab all over your face, or directly spritz onto your face for more of a cooling effect.

4. Moisturize

Regardless of what skin type you have, moisturizing is super important. I have really dry skin, and therefore, a good moisturizer is a must for me. Moisturizing your face will keep it soft and supple. Personally, my skin feels a bit dried out after I use cleanser, and moisturizing it feels like I'm bringing it back to life. There are different types of moisturizer based on your skin type. It is important to get the right type as they all serve different needs.

5. Eye cream

I don't know about you, but even the bags under my eyes have bags. The area under your eyes is extremely delicate, therefore, it is important that we give it specialized care. Using a good eye cream every night is essential in the longterm appearance of your under eyes. Eye cream will keep the area hydrated, smooth, and elastic. It can also prevent fine lines and wrinkles in the future. Many people will tell you that you don't need one at your age, but it is honestly better to start young. Your future self will thank you!

6. Face masks

There's nothing I love more than putting on a face mask after a long day. Whether it be a clay mask, a sheet mask, or a peel-off mask, it's the perfect way to end the day. Walk into the nearest Sephora and you'll find hundreds of different masks, so I'd suggest experimenting and finding one that makes your skin feel the best.

7. DRINK WATER

I can't write an article about skin care without mentioning good ole H2O. Water is your skin's best friend. Just like any other part of your body, your skin is an organ, and it is made up of cells. If your skin isn't getting the sufficient amount of water it needs, it will show on your face. Drinking lots of water will clean out the toxins in your body and skin. Obviously, nothing happens overnight. But increasing your water intake will improve your skin's complexion and give it a glow. In addition to drinking water, you should also eat lots of fruits and vegetable in order for skin to function at its best. I mean, hey, you are what you eat.

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