You Don't Have To Justify Your Tattoos With A Meaning

You Don't Have To Justify Your Tattoos With A Meaning

I just wanted it, okay?
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"That's so cute! So like... what does it mean?"

Almost everytime I tell someone I just got my first tattoo, this is the response I get. The thing about it is, I don't really have an answer. And I think that's okay, too. Let me give you a little bit of a backstory.

The second I turned eighteen, I wanted to get a tattoo but I could never figure out what I wanted. There was so much pressure that it had to represent some life-altering moment or something that has some huge significance to me. I thought I wanted something to do with music, and then something to do with reading, like maybe a quote from my favorite book. No matter how much thought I tried to put into it, I just couldn't think of something that felt like it fit the expectation that tattoos usually come with, that of having some deep meaning.

So, fast-forward two years and now I'm twenty and my boyfriend drove down to visit for Thanksgiving break. He already had one tattoo but was ready to get his second, so we made him an appointment at Blu Gorilla Full-On Customs on Meeting St. He loved it and they did an awesome job. So I said, "What the hell, make me an appointment."

I had two days to figure out what I was going to get and where. So, of course, Pinterest became my BFF. I had a few ideas but like always, I couldn't decide on one.

After looking for a really long time, I found one that I really liked but I kept looking. I kept going back to that one though. I liked the idea and I liked the placement, but I wanted to make it my own style. So I took it into my artist (his name is Matt BTW in case you're interested) and I showed him the two pictures I had and he got to work on creating a stencil.

We moved it around a few times until I found a spot where I really liked it, and then, as people say, it was time to put pen to paper (or tattoo gun to skin).

People keep asking "so what is the story behind why you got it?" Honestly, I just wanted it. It's cute and it's the style I wanted and I just like it.

I've always been that person that can't go outside without saying "Oooh, look at the moon!" and I'm a lover of astronomy and the night sky. So if you absolutely need to know a reason, I guess there's one for you. A lot of people probably still won't understand why I got what I got.

But that's OK. You don't have to understand it because I do.

I used to be someone who thought that every tattoo needed a deep meaning or you would just regret it later, but I don't think that way anymore at all. Your body is a blank canvas (as cliche as that might sound) and you can decorate it in whatever way you see fit and for whatever reason (or no reason). It's your body.

Tattoo on, dudes.

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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 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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10 Fashion Essentials You Need In Your Closet For Summer

School is out, the sun is shining, and fashion trends are peaking.

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*Sigh* Summer. School is out, the sun is shining, and fashion trends are peaking. Summer is known to be one of the most fun and vibrant seasons when it comes to fashion and it's clear why. Summer fashion is all about prints, being comfortable and simple. But Let's be real, staying on trend over summer can seem like an expensive or difficult goal, but really all you need are about 10 pieces and essentials that can turn any outfit into an instant summer classic.

1. Floral Prints? Yes please!

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The first is a staple that can be seen year round but stands on its own during the summer months. Femme Fabulous and vibrant and simple floral prints on flowy shorts, shirts, scarves, dresses or even simple detailing on pants give instant endless summer vibes.

2. Nautical Stripes

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Ahoy There! Nautical stripes are so far my personal favorite trend of the summer. Any piece or accessory that contains these "naughty" (LOL I really tried) stripes (especially in a muted navy blue) has the ability to transform your summer fit from sad and sandy to yacht party in the Hamptons.

3. Vibrant rompers

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Rompers have obviously been around for a while now, but never have they been such a strong statement in full force. Although annoying when you need to use the bathroom, rompers give a confident look, especially for complimenting the curvier girls out there.

4. A good retro one piece

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If there's one thing that's true about fashion it's that a lot of styles end up repeating themselves in the same way history tends to. And this summer is all about retro styles, everything from polka dots, gingham, 80s style one pieces and 50s/60s inspired pieces as well. Get a good retro one-piece and you are sure to be turning heads on the beach this summer

5. Classic slip-ons

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A good pair of classic slip-ons can be anything from simple white Vans or Adidas, to a pair of classic sandals that can go with any outfit.

6. A fun jumpsuit

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Just like rompers, jumpsuits are making a huge comeback and don't look like they'll be going anywhere soon. So break out your best airy jumpsuits and rock the laid back yet put together summer look!

7. Statement earrings! Lets turn some heads, people!

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Statement earrings are one of the best staples to have in your wardrobe this summer. From tassels to hoops and dangly earrings, these small statement pieces have the ability to dress up the most casual outfit and bring all the attention to both your beautiful face and killer outfit!

8. Classic white tee

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This is kind of an obvious one, but everyone loves a plain white tee. It's a classic basic that has the potential to create multiple fresh and stunning summer looks.

9. Everyone needs some good blue denim

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You can never go wrong with throwing a solid blue denim into your summer look, I for one, know that any summer outfit can be completed with anything from a denim jacket or a cool blue jean.

10. Anything with a classic summer yellow

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Yellow is in this summer and it's all things funky and fun. This iconic happy and breezy color will keep you glowing as bright as the sun. But let's be real, who wouldn't want to walk around putting smiles on peoples faces with a precious pop of yellow?

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