Updated: Jul 27, 2020

tattoo of an eagle covering a chest

Well, tattoos for me go beyond simply ink on skin.

A tattoo is the birthmark that life forgot to stamp on my skin.

A tattoo is the painting I decided not to hang on the wall but rather to print on my skin, so that anybody wherever I go might come to see it.

I always say: I have carved into my skin what I have lived.

All my tattoos have their meanings, they have a story, a purpose, nothing was random.

Through my tattoos I express the message, the stories I carry with me.

And I still have a lot of story to carve, to print on my skin.

written by josafa


tattoo on a wrist of punctuation marks

It's an ellipsis inside speech marks, but tilt your head, left or right, and you'll see (what appears to be) a surprised clown.

It wasn't intentional.

The phenomenon is called pareidolia.

One of my earliest memories is of picking up and examining a stone, and (somehow) hearing a great, roaring silence that filled both me and the stone.

It was a regular stone, as big as an eyeball. I threw it away as easily as I picked it up.

I became addicted to losing myself, made a habit out of it, a ritual, a mess.

Many years later, having (inevitably) lost everything I could lose, I heard that silence again, and remembered the noise the stone made.

An ellipsis (...) is a set of three dots indicating an omission.

The tattoo tells me what I need to hear.

written by si


tattoo on an ankle of flowers

I struggled with Anorexia Nervosa for three years and have spent the last four years actively in recovery. I'm proud to say that I've reached a place in my recovery where I now consider myself to be fully recovered.

What that means to me is knowing that I will never return to the darkness of my eating disorder no matter how difficult life becomes.

Ever since I began my recovery, I knew I wanted to eventually get a tattoo of the eating disorder recovery symbol but wasn't sure when the time would feel right.

Last year I started my dream job working at an eating disorder treatment centre and am so grateful to have been able to use my recovery to help the clients I work with.

This year during National Eating Disorders Awareness Week I felt inspired to celebrate my recovery and I decided to finally get my first ever tattoo.

I chose to get the eating disorder recovery symbol made from flowers as a reminder of the growth and healing I've experienced since starting my recovery.

I'm glad that I chose such a meaningful first tattoo and hope that I can continue to inspire others struggling with eating disorders that recovery is possible.

written by leah