I found my voice...

Tattoo on an arm of a face coming out of a building

I’ve always felt like a square peg in a round hole.

I had to drop out of school at one point because of my mental health. Growing up has always been quite challenging for me. I have bipolar.

I went to university in Norwich and had this transformative experience of finding myself for the first time.

It was there that I found my voice, found my identity.

I came out.

I graduated in 2013 but got this tattoo about 2 years ago. I wanted something to commemorate the people I had met and the place.

It's a tattoo of a university building.

The building is coming out of the person’s face. It’s a bit of an homage to the things going on in my mind. Also the hand cupping the face is a comfort. It could be the hand of a friend or someone just holding someone and saying, ‘You’ll be alright.’

It’s on the top of my arm. I’m a fat person and I have spent so much of my life hating my body and hating the bits of me that everyone wants me to hate about myself. So to have something that is beautiful on a part of my body that I don’t like or didn’t like, has been so good in loving that part of my body. And showing it off. told by amy uk