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


Two tattoos of the sign for Taurus and two birth times time beneath. 13.45 and 13.55

Alexia: My identical twin sister and I have a similar tattoo representing our zodiac sign and below it is the time the other was born. Taurus corresponds with us pretty well. It's very affectionate, and also sensitive. It's a strong personality, and we're definitely that.

We do have really really strong tempers. Everything is multiplied and when we clash well it's also multiplied, and we know how to hurt each other. Sometimes it's too intense.

It's laughs and glances. We spend our time laughing.

Florence: It's impossible sometimes to be serious, it's terrible. Often we're in our bubble, and we can get out of it when we want to, and if we leave other people out it doesn't matter. It sounds super mean like that but well, we do what we can.

Alexia: We have a big sister, I think she must have suffered from that when we were young. She's always said that she felt a distance, that it wasn't the same. People who say I understand and they are incredibly close to their brother or sister, sorry, it has nothing on this.

Florence: One morning while I was in Germany studying for three months, I got up and my knee was hurting, my right knee. It was inexplicable because I hadn't done anything.

I got a message from Alexia saying, I really hurt myself today, my knee. Oh really, I said, which one? The right one, she said.

Alexia: Oh but I thought it was you who fell off a bike.

Florence: You do that everytime, you always tell the story wrong.

told by alexia and florence