What I learned by my 27th Birthday

So today’s my 27th birthday. I’ve already learned a few things in 2018. Here they are.

1.) You’re never too old to go to college

Starting college this past fall at the age of 26 has been a wake up call to say the least. I thought I was so smart. Only to find out, all these kids are fresh out of high school and actually paid attention in hig school compared to me who blew it off 10 years ago. I have learned to be aware of your appearance , but don’t give a crap about what other people think of you. I’m in college to get my education, not to make friends. If I make a few friends along the way, that’s nice. Unfortunately when I’m done with college, I’m expected to pay my tuition; not my parents. So I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity and try my hardest to get good grades and learn.

2.) Do not let your life rotate around things

Material things are really nice, I think we all can agree. However, clutter is a different story. Clean out your closet and donate those clothes from 10 years ago that have memories attached. You can’t let an object (especially clothes) dictate how you live your life. Go through things. Throw stuff away. Donate things. Do not let an object control you.

3.) Be thankful for what you have

It’s taken me a long time to get to this point. As being a student and not having a job, in my life right now I have all that I need. A house. Food. Water. A husband. A dog and ferrets. We pay our bills. I really can’t say that I need anything right now. (Other than the birthday cake I’ll be eating Sunday.) My husband said he wished we could do something nice for my birthday. My response was “I have all I need”. I’m very fortunate to be where I’m at and I try to be thankful for it.

This was a short post, but I just wanted to share some of the thoughts I have on my golden birthday today!

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My thoughts on the process of getting a tattoo

So obviously from my last few posts you can tell I have quite a few tattoos. But hey, why listen to me, right?

First thing I want to talk about is deciding what to get. My general rule is not to go sporadically; pick something out and sit on it for about 3-6 months. Think about what the tattoo means to you. Ask yourself “Why am I getting this?” After you know it’s something you’ve wanted for a while, go get it! This isn’t to say none of my tattoos were sporadic or all have a meaning. From my last post I explained I got my bats because I like bats. That’s it. There is no real meaning to it. I just don’t recommend getting something on a whim where you will regret it later. Spend a lot of time on google or tumblr or Pinterest (or even deviantArt like I do.) Try to find something original. If you have an idea in mind, talk to the artist. I’m sure they’d be glad to draw something up for you!

Next thing I want to talk about is where to get it. DO NOT get your first tattoo based off of what someone else said regarding pain. Everyone’s pain tolerance and bodies are different. Just because my elbow tattoo almost made me pass out doesn’t mean you can’t handle it. The pain scale pictures you see on Facebook aren’t always accurate. So think about the perfect place for your tattoo. Do you want it hidden or to show it off? Are you wanting to make it into a sleeve? There’s many questions you have to ask yourself in this process.

Now, about the pain. Like I said, it’s different for everyone, but I think all of us tattooed people can agree it’s like a burning sensation. Sometimes you have to grit your teeth through the pain, but it’s worth it. Another debated topic is which hurts more, the color or the outline? Personally, it’s always been the color or shading for me.

Now how do you find the perfect tattoo artist? I go by word of mouth. I’ve been through 4 tattoo artists and 2 of these did work out of their house. A lot of people won’t go to someone who does tattoos out of their house. So I encourage you to have a consultation and maybe watch the artist work in their space. Also talk to people they’ve tattooed if you can. They should have sterile needles just opened from the package. The chair should have some sort of sanitary changeable wrapping. The artist should be using gloves when sterilizing all the tools and everything, There’s lots of things to look for. I also have found Facebook and Instagram to be reliable in finding an artist as well. Looking at their work will help you decide if you want to go to them.

Another thing you need to think about is price. Just because the artist is charging you $100 for a tattoo doesn’t mean you walk in, get a tattoo and pay $100. To me it’s just common courtesy to tip your artist, EVEN IF they don’t work in a shop. I try to tip about 20% so 25% of $100 tattoo would mean a $25 tip. Your artist will appreciate it and if you’re lucky they won’t be so heavy handed when tattooing. Tattoos are not cheap. You shouldn’t think you’re getting something the size of a post it note for less than $60. The minimum is usually $50-$60. Some people may think tattoos are expensive, but you’re paying for quality and something you’re going to have on your body for the rest of your life.

I think that’s about everything you need to know. Please let me know if you have questions or there’s something I didn’t talk about!

My tattoos and their meanings Part 4 (FINAL!)

So I think this is a long overdue post with pictures of my tattoos and an explanation of the reasoning behind them. I’m going to go in order of when I got them. I currently have two cover-ups that I will talk more about.

My 15th & 16th tattoos: Dark Mark & Spiderweb

 

So I just got these this year by my current artist. The spiderweb is something I’ve wanted for a long time even though it supposedly means you’ve been incarcerated (I haven’t). To me it symbolizes me trying to overcome my fear of spiders on a daily basis. (lol) I also just think spider webs are pretty. The Dark Mark is another Harry Potter tattoo. It’s not necessarily a good tattoo to have either. It’s like the Swastica in Germany. It’s a racist symbol. It is a tattoo that Death Eaters (followers of the Dark Lord Voldemort) have tattooed in the same exact spot. These are people who think magick should only be taught to pureblood families (families that are all witches and wizards, not half-bloods or muggle (nonmagick folk). I’ve always been fascinated with the dark side of the wizarding world and have always thought I’d be a death eater if I was ever in that world. Maybe that makes me a bad person, but I don’t really care.

My 17th & 18th tattoos: Bats & Carrie

These were also done by my current artist this week. The bats I’ve been wanting for a long time. Why Bats? I’ve always been fascinated by bats and I think they are interesting creatures. So I decided to use some flying bats to fill up some space on my arms. Then there’s Carrie who is supposed to look like the Barbie doll logo. Carrie is my favorite movie and book by Stephen King other than The Shining. I thought it would be cool to have a Carrie tattoo so I got one. Really no meaning behind these two which is pretty lame, I know.

That’s all for my tattoos right now! I am getting another one for my birthday in two weeks so watch for it! Thanks for reading and keeping up with me!

My tattoos and their meanings Part 3

So I think this is a long overdue post with pictures of my tattoos and an explanation of the reasoning behind them. I’m going to go in order of when I got them. I currently have two cover ups that I will talk more about.

My 11th tattoo: Element Tree with Initials & Butterfly

 

This was my birthday gift last year from my Mom. This is also my first tattoo by my current artist. This is another image I found on deviantart.com. I had this one saved for many years and was waiting to get it to make sure I wanted it. To me, it represents the elements and how I learned more about them when I went through my religious phase of “Wicca/Paganism”. The tree itself is just because I love trees. I have always felt a strong connection with trees. The initials go more with the butterfly, “RLH”, which is for my boyfriend Ronnie who committed suicide when we were 12. When he died one of my family friends caught a caterpillar for me and put it in a jar. She said when it turns into a butterfly, it will symbolize Ronnie and his rebirth in heaven. So we released it when it did turn into a butterfly. A very emotional moment for me.

My 12th, 13th, & 14th tattoos: Slytherin Crest, Cross, & Crochet hook

These were done by my current artist. If you haven’t caught on, the Slytherin Crest is a cover-up of my barbed wire. Why did I want the Slytherin Crest? Because I’m a Harry Potter nerd and Slytherin is the house I relate to most. Plus I’m obsessed with Draco Malfoy. 😉 So we did that in two different sessions. Then I got my 2 finger tattoos. A cross for my new found faith and joining a new church and to symbolize my religion of Christianity. I also got a crochet hook on my right index finger since I love to crochet during the winter. However, since then, the crochet hook has faded because of the constant use of my hand and now it just looks like two lines. Ha. I’m not sure if I’m going to cover it up or leave it to be honest.

Come back tomorrow for part 4! It’ll be my last post on my tattoos.

My tattoos and their meanings Part 2

So I think this is a long overdue post with pictures of my tattoos and an explanation of the reasoning behind them. I’m going to go in order of when I got them. I currently have two cover ups that I will talk more about.

My 6th & 7th tattoos: Cupcake (Gpa) & Ferret (Lucius)

 

These were my first tattoos with another new artist that a friend recommended to me since he did all her tattoos. I’d say he did a great job on these. I’m very proud of them. First, the cupcake has a story. Georgi and I used to listen to our Grandpa Bobby within the last few years he was with us about how a cupcake rolled under the dresser and our dog ate it. It was just this elaborate story and it was so funny, so I got the cupcake in memory of him. Below it, you can see it has an ambigram (something that says one word and you turn it upside down and it says another word) of the letters “GPA” with stand for Grandpa and when you flip it over it reads “GRS” which are his initials. Then we have my Mr. Lu tattoo. I found this tribal ferret design where I find most of my tattoos, on deviantart.com. Someone drew it up and I decided I wanted it. I brought a picture of Lucius and had the artist copy the coloring on him to the tribal ferret. However, now Mr. Lu is all white. This was his coloring in his early years.

My 8th, 9th (3rd), & 10th tattoos: What goes around, spade, & Cheshire cat

So I went back to the artist who did my ferret and cupcake for a coverup and 2 new tattoos. I decided it would be cool to have the saying “what goes around comes around” in cursive as a “bracelet” on my wrist. I thought the fact that the words go around was pretty genius on my part. I’m a firm believer in karma so this saying really hits home. I thought about this tattoo for a long time before I got it. Then I got my cover up and my new spade. As mentioned in my previous post, I hated my heartagram and wanted to do a cover up. At this point in my life I was obsessed with the original Disney movie “Alice in Wonderland”. The cheshire cat was my favorite character so I searched google until I found an image I liked. Then while looking up “Alice in Wonderland” tattoos, I came across the spade that says “We’re all mad here”. This is not a saying from the movie, it’s actually from the book (which I’ve read and own). At the time I thought it was cool, so I got it. Again, memories that I will cherish so they mean something to me.

Come back tomorrow for part 3! We’re getting closer! My current artist comes next!

My tattoos and their meanings Part 1

So I think this is a long overdue post with pictures of my tattoos and an explanation of the reasoning behind them. I’m going to go in order of when I got them. I currently have two cover ups that I will talk more about.

My very first tattoo: Hatchetman/Juggalette

juggalette

This one I’m somewhat embarrassed about… I was 18 and told my parents I wanted a tattoo for my birthday. At the time I was very into Psychopathic Records, the label that housed the underground bands Insane Clown Posse, Twiztid, Blaze Ya Dead Homie, Dark Lotus, etc. A Juggalette is someone who follows the lifestyle and all that encompasses these bands. Think “Deadheads” (fans of The Grateful Dead). The red hatchetman is the logo of the record label. You have to understand, when I was young, this was my lifestyle… Listening to music that you could relate to and getting stoned. While I will always love Psychopathic, I don’t listen to its music like I used to. Oh, and luckily I got this as a “Tramp Stamp” so no one ever sees it. It’s very raised up because my artist and his wife got in a huge fight minutes before my appointment and he took his anger out on my tattoo. Needless to say my first tattoo hurt like hell. Honestly, I’m not sure if I’ll ever get it covered up. As I feel with most of my tattoos, it’s part of a memory of my life and symbolizes what I’ve been through and overcome.

My 2nd and 3rd tattoos: Half barbwire and Nautical star

So for some stupid reason I went back to the artist who drilled my hatchetman tattoo into me, but he did better this time. These tattoos were somewhat sporadic. The barbed wire I’ve always wanted all the way around my arm since I saw it on Pamela Anderson as a child; classic 90’s tattoo. Unfortunately, I was chicken and had heard the underside of your arm hurts like hell to get tattooed. So I got it across the front of my arm up towards my shoulder. This has since been covered up and I’m braver now that I have more tattoos. The nautical star, I honestly saw it on the wall at the shop and said “I want that on my ankle!” So I got it. Red and Black are my favorite colors, but that’s the only explanation I have for it. I like it, so I don’t think I’ll get it covered up.

4th & 5th Tattoos: Heartagram and Diamond

So I decided I wanted to check out a new artist. I talked to my parents who got really cool tattoos from a guy in Champaign. Long story short, I decided I’d never go to him again. My heartagram has since been covered up and I’m hoping to get my diamond covered up soon. This guy was a total asshole. He was super arrogant and said he couldn’t give me exactly what I wanted for the quoted price. So I had a cool tribal heartagram piece picked out. He tattooed just a heartagram half purple half pink on my wrist. I hated it. I got the heartagram to represent my love for Bam Margera (From Jackass & Viva La Bam) and for the band H.I.M. which Bam was a big fan and friend of. The heartagram is like a pentagram with a heart, it was the symbol for said band. So then I had a picture of a 3-D sparkling diamond. He said he could draw it freehand. Again, when he was done, I looked at it and hated it. He didn’t even ask if I liked them, he just got up and left. $150 WASTED! I was so pissed. Never went to him again…

Stay tuned for more coming tomorrow! I have a total of 15. 😉

Life Update

So I got my hair cut. Short. Again… [lol] I also colored it blue. I think it looks lovely. I loved my hair blue. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments so far. I believe it suits me.

I start school a week from this coming Monday. I’m so excited, anxious, and nervous. I’m interested to see how much homework I have for each class. I’m really excited for the Intro to Psychology and Literature in Film classes. I’m just worried Logan won’t have been switched to nights my first day of class. They still haven’t let him know much about when he’s being moved. You see, we only have one car…

It’s going to be so nice when he gets that extra pay per week. I have a credit card that is almost maxed out and another credit card that is maxed out. I’m just excited to get out of debt and be able to pay off my college tuitions.

However, I’m not looking forward to Logan not being beside me when I go to sleep at night. Ever since we moved in together I have always had the fear that someone is going to break into our house in the middle of the night and I’m not going to wake up for it. So now, he’s going to be working from 7PM-7AM and I’m scared to sleep by myself.

I thought about getting a gun. Then I remembered I have been suicidal in the past and it’s probably not a good idea for me to have a gun. I told Logan if he ever wanted to get one to keep it where I couldn’t access it. Since we will have the extra income I’m thinking about getting a security system. We’ll see.

Once we get most of everything paid off, we can finally get another car, start upgrading the house, get central air conditioning installed, and get both of us some well over due dental work. I know I have high hopes. I just hope it all works out and I don’t jinx it.

I posted my August reviews. I know it’s a bit early. I questioned if I should do a “CD” review since I don’t believe anyone buys CD’s anymore except me. I did include it with a link to the album on Amazon in case you want to sample it or buy it.

Not that much has been going on. I’ve been helping my Aunt with stuff for an upcoming court date. I’ve been spending too much money on my credit card online. I always buy so much clothing and makeup! That’s about all that’s going on here. I apologize for not writing recently. I’ve been out of ideas on what to write about. Hope you all are well!