Tattooed quote on an arm. The quote says In a man's attachment to life there is something stronger that all the ills in the world.

I was in my early twenties in my third year at university but got heavily depressed, and never graduated and my ambitions collapsed.

Afterwards I moved to another city, took a low paying job, and was struggling financially and wasn't enjoying life.

Already a bit of a loner, though one who enjoyed solitude, I became extremely lonely.

I got the tattoo after I landed a new job and recovered from depression.

The tattoo is a quote from and symbolises the writings and philosophy of Albert Camus.

To me the quote, taken from The Myth of Sisyphus, has multiple meanings: not to give up on life nor despair; not to turn away from the problems in the world; to retain a strong ethical outlook when it comes to others - both people and animals, and to continue to strive to live a passionate life as a form of rebellion against the apparent meaninglessness of life, as well as anyone and everything that threatens to hold us back.

The tattoo is on my inner forearm in a plain font as it was my own personal reminder.

Now in my mid thirties I recently recovered from a second bout of depression, during which I had suicidal ideation.

This quote and the writings of Camus helped me a lot to endure it all a second time.

Though still a bit of a loner, I continue to try and make the most of my solitude and strive to live a passionate life.

written by jon


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Tattoo of a butterfly and the word gentle

A few weeks before I headed off for university my brother died. Out of the blue.

No signs or warning, no answers or closure.

And I had to make the decision to go to uni or stay home.

I chose university and I got through despite it being difficult because I wanted to make him proud.

He was described by most as gentle, there is a photo of him holding a butterfly in his hands and looking at it with such awe.

This was the basis of the tattoo design. I feel a butterfly is a really great representation of gentleness.

It is born from something that doesn’t hold much outer beauty but becomes a beautiful, gentle animal.

Oli found beauty in everything, from the smallest liquid crystal to the inner workings of the biggest machine.

I got this tattoo when I was finishing university.

It's a reminder to be gentle, kind and always strive to learn and understand the world around me.

written by hex


Tattoo of two daffodils on a woman's body

“I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. Sometimes in smiles.” – Laurie Halse Anderson Recovery from an eating disorder is scary. Really scary. And hard.

But I’m getting there, one tiny step at a time.

In 2014, my uncle Dale passed away unexpectedly. He was the first person I ever told about my struggles with distorted eating.

His birthday is March 1st, and the daffodil is the March birth flower.

The stem in this tattoo is the eating disorder recovery symbol.

I’m not gonna lie, I’m struggling right now.

I keep reminding myself though that recovery isn’t linear. There are going to bad days, maybe even bad weeks, or months, but it all depends on how you bounce back and decide to carry on.

Having this tattoo will be a constant reminder that I have an angel watching over me and that recovery is possible.

Although I’m not there yet, I’m working my ass off to get there.

written by amanda