They Say A Tattoo Is Forever......

>> Wednesday, May 26, 2010

A few months after My Marine left for Iraq, I decided to do the one thing that I vowed I would never, ever do.

I got a tattoo.

I gave in to the peer pressure.  I caved.  My friend V has multiple tattoos and called to make an appointment for me with her guy, Russ.  V was going in to have some "touch-up" work done on one of hers and talked me into getting one too. 

Our other friend, L came along - partly to document this moment in history so I could send it to my husband and partly to see me in misery.

But what to get?  I didn't want the typical rose, butterfly, flower tattoo.  If I was going to mark my body for life, I wanted it to mean something.  I also wanted it in a place that wasn't going to sag or stretch too much.  So I decided on the back on my neck.

So, with my husband being deployed in a war zone and the real possibility looming that he might not come home, I wanted something to remember him by.  The ever-talented Russ took my idea and sketched the most awesome tattoo for me.  However, we ran into a problem because for the size I wanted, the detail wouldn't show.  So my little tattoo on my neck soon spanned the spot under my neck, between my shoulders.

So, I ended up with this:

The wings are My Marine's Marine Corps Wings of Gold -- for his status as a Marine Corp aviator.  The AC means Air Crew.  The rose symbolizes my love and devotion - no matter what.  And his name -- well, that's self-explanatory.

I have to admit that having it done wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be.  The most painful part was the circle because it's right on the spine.  I still laugh, though when I think about getting it done.  When I heard the needle stop at one point, I remember saying, "Oh, that wasn't so bad" and Russ said, "Sweetie, I just finished the outline."   Yeah - there was more to come!

But I did it and I survived and My Marine LOVED it!  He was even more surprised when he saw how big it was.  It was a nice thing for him to come home to and is now a nice conversation piece for me!

What's even more ironic?

My Marine has NO tattoos at all.  The military man, the man who served in a war zone, has not one marking on his body.  And one day, I actually said to him the words that I never, in a million years, would think I'd say to him......

"Honey, let me take you to my tattoo guy!"


L.C. May 26, 2010 at 6:23 AM  

I have a tattoo too! But mine doesn't have anything to do with my Airman but he doesn't have tattoos either! Love yours!

The Elwells' Weekly May 26, 2010 at 7:21 AM  

My hubby is actually the one with the tattoos in our family! When I told my parents about him I said he had covering is right arm, one covering his left arm, and one covering his right leg! hehehe! None on me though!

Following you back from Welcome Wednesday! (Thanks for the follow!)

Dina May 26, 2010 at 7:33 AM  

i love it!! and it does hold such great meaning. I always wonder about people who get cartoon characters and sports teams. i so wish i could get my husband to get one! I really want another soon.

Julia May 26, 2010 at 7:35 AM  

That tattoo is so awesome! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following... I am following you back :) Have a great week!

Charity May 26, 2010 at 7:42 AM  

Love the meaning, it looks great!

Tiffany Harkleroad May 26, 2010 at 7:45 AM  

Thank you for stopping over, I am following you back! I love your blog layout :)

Shell May 26, 2010 at 8:47 AM  

Love it! I have one and dh has none. He used to say he wanted one, but now I don't think he'll ever get one.

Missy May 26, 2010 at 9:39 AM  

That's so awesome. Now watch out... tattoos have a way of becoming addictive. Ask me how I know?

BTW, your little video with music brought me to tears just now.

What's in a name... May 26, 2010 at 10:10 AM  

Following you from Welcome Wednesday. Pls follow me back when you get the cahnce.

Java May 26, 2010 at 12:46 PM  

Hi Jennifer!!

Just wanted to let you know that I added you to the Over 40 Bloggers List!!

Thanks for joining us!!

LOVE your tattoo...I got one too when I turned 40!!

Aging Mommy May 26, 2010 at 1:08 PM  

Hi Jen - when I started reading this I thought you were going to reveal that you got an itty bitty tattoo done, but then I saw what you did get and hats off to you! By the way it looks great and how could your Marine not love it?!?

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog May 26, 2010 at 1:44 PM  

How fantastic!!! I have a tattoo also! But I wanted it for a full year before I actually had it done... Kudos to you for getting it done on a whim!!

MrsPhilipswithoneL May 26, 2010 at 1:50 PM  

Following from Welcome Wednesday

hartman May 26, 2010 at 2:39 PM  

love your tattoo! I still want to get a fairy in memory of Liss. I might call you to get info about the guy who did yours!

Helene May 26, 2010 at 11:44 PM  

How funny...I would've never suspected that you had a tattoo!! It's lovely!!! And I love the meaning attached to every part of it!

I don't have any tattoos mainly because I'm a huge wimp when it comes to pain!

Much More Than Mommy May 27, 2010 at 10:44 PM  

WOWSERS!! That looks really good! I am scared to death to ever get one -- and I *would* get a butterfly, but that's because my name *means* butterfly! :-D

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