I’ve finished my bucket list. As of Friday, June 27th at 11 a.m. I crossed off
getting a tattoo –
Ever since my brother got his first tattoo over six years ago I knew that I would want to get one of my own at some point. I wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted or where, but I knew I would get some eventually.
Last year I finally came up with an idea of something that I wanted. My favorite passage in the Bible is Habakkuk 3:17-19:
Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no heard in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
God, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
This passage has become one of the most important in my life. It’s a constant reminder that no matter what happens in my life, whether I am successful by worldly terms or not, I will rejoice in the LORD.
In order to translate this verse to a tattoo, I decided to go with a symbol rather than just words. I easily could’ve done the reference for this passage, but I had another idea.
Since the last verse mentions God “making my feet like the deer’s” I decided to get a pair of antlers, with one on each wrist.
Three of my best friends came with me, and the following pictures come from Jordyn and Coley.
I went to Zane at Safe House Tattoo Parlor in Nashville. A friend of mine recommended him, and I can now say that he does great work.
I had two big fears going into the day. The first was in reference to pain. I didn’t know what to expect, but everyone talks about getting a tattoo being less than pleasant. Especially on my wrists. It wasn’t unbearable, but there were times that I was glad I had someone’s hand to squeeze.
My second and far greater fear was that my concept wouldn’t translate in the way I expected. There are few things worse than a bad tattoo, and I didn’t want to be someone who was sporting one.
It’s amazing how much trust you put into this one person’s ability and vision. Zane knew what my tattoos would look like when they were finished, and I had to trust his execution.
I am overjoyed with how my tattoo turned out. It fits me, it looks amazing, and I couldn’t ask for anything else. It is the reminder and truth that I need every day.
Thank you to Zane and the staff at Safe House for an incredible experience. Thank you to Kathleen, Jordyn & Coley for supporting me and joining me on this momentous day.
Thank you to all of you for reading my 20 new experiences! This was one I had been looking forward to for a while, and I’m glad that I finally get to share!
With two tattoos down, I’m already thinking of when I can get my next one. I have ideas, I just need the money!
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