Disclaimer: Hi friends and family and all people who dislike tattoos cringing horribly at my life choices – I know, but it’s done. So now please listen to why I was/am so passionate about getting this. =) Thanks for your support.
I’ve been planning this tattoo for a while now – for more than a year actually! The lyrics, “Take it each hour one at a time.” are from one of my favorite Gaslight Anthem songs, “Boomboxes and Dictionaries”. That song has been a comfort to me through a lot of ups and downs over the past year or so. I can relate to every little piece of it and apply it to my life in some way, and I love that. I wanted to get this for my 25th birthday because these words are a perfect reminder of how far I’ve come and that I can do anything I want to/get through anything if I just take it each hour one at a time. And also, it’s a reminder to savor and enjoy the perfect moments – the ones we don’t realize are so important until they’re over. The idea of the pocket watch came long before the lyrics. My Dad gave me a pocket watch that belonged to his dad, and I always kept it and treasured it. I have a small tattoo in memory of my Dad already, so I didn’t really want to go that route completely – but I like that it’s in there. The time on the clock is 6:12 for mine and Nate’s wedding date. I guess you could say it’s a bit of a tribute to taking marriage one hour at a time as well, for the good times and the less happy times!
I don’t take lightly the idea of getting something so permanent put on my body. I’m a planner- I rarely do things on a whim. I think hard about everything I do to the point of over analyzation. But this came easy to me and that’s rare. I’m a visual person. I don’t listen to any song without a picture in my head. I don’t see anything lovely without a vision of how it could be photographed perfectly. That’s how my mind works. It’s amazing to see something I’ve pictured for so long come to life and have it be a part of me. A lot of people get pretty things tattooed on them because they’re pretty, and I think that’s okay for them, but not for me. It has to mean something, and this means the world to me!
On to more details of the day! I sent the idea over to a really sweet gal at Bleed Blue Tattoo here in Lexington. (For anyone in the area looking for a talented artist – go see Alexandra Carusiello!) She sent the drawing via email and a week later I was in her chair getting tattooed! So quick and easy. As for the actual tattoo – well it wasn’t so quick and easy! Bless her heart and mine (and Nate’s) – we sat there together for over 5 hours. I didn’t really know if I would be able to sit through the whole thing at first, but once she got going I felt pretty good about it. Toward the middle of some of the shading I was thinking I might change my mind but we’d come too far to quit! I’m glad I stuck it out because it looks so perfect and now it can heal all at once!
Thanks for listening to my tattoo story! I hope I’ve conveyed how much this means to me without too much rambling! <3 Someone will probably comment that I'm a grown woman who doesn't need to explain herself - but I know there are people out there that will be uncomfortable with the idea of it all and I want them to understand. I hope they understand. That's all! :]