I am officially starting my personal countdown for the day I will get “Cherry Inked”.
You see, to celebrate all the challenges, hardships and triumphs we had for the first two years of our marriage, the hubby and I decided to get matching tattoos on our 2nd anniversary. So, meaning — I have exactly two months to brave up and get all the courage that I will need as I am bound to getting my FIRST TATTOO!!!
During my young and wild days, I’ve always fancied getting a tattoo. My design of choice then was two dolphins inside a ying yang symbol. Why? I don’t know, it just seemed cool plus, I saw a picture of a guy with a dolphin tattoo and I found it really nice looking. But obviously, nothing came out of it except continuous dreaming of finally getting myself inked.
When the hubby and I got married, we planned on getting a tattoo as soon as I give birth to our first kid. One way of commemorating his birth–but since my reproductive system isn’t up to speed and is making conceiving hell for the both of us…we decided to go ahead with the tattoo this year and schedule the “kid” (or the need to have a kid) next year.
This time, I am already sure of the design I would want for my very first tattoo: a lone cherry blossom.
I’ve always loved the Sakuras. For me, there is a certain melancholy and beauty in each bud. In Japan, the Sakura flower is a symbol of love, affection and represents spring. At the same time, it was said that cherry blossoms best represents the transience of life: The transience of the blossoms–how it would bloom so suddenly and unexpectedly, its extreme beauty and quick death, has often been associated with mortality…highlighting further the fleeting nature of life. As the flowers bloom quickly and breathtakingly, so it must also disappear just as fast.
Hopefully, the Sakura (once permanently drawn on my wrist) will remind me always to live my life to the fullest — to remember that there is NO DAY BUT TODAY! I am planning to put below the Sakura my maiden surname written in cursive, to remind me always of my roots.
Surfing the internet, here are just some (there was so many) of the designs which I have seen depicting the Sakura on skin art:
I remember that my dad is against getting inked. Back when I was still freshly out of uni and contemplating tattoo, my dad warned me that he will bound me on the lone Acacia tree standing in front of the family home. He was against it. But now that I am married, and he seldom sees me anyway, I doubt if he can still do anything about the tat–maybe except nag me till kingdom come 🙂
I was planning to put it in my wrist, but I am worried of what the traditional, corporate, staid corporate bosses would tell me once they see my tat. Now, I am torn if I should put it in my nape or my shoulders instead.
What do you think?
PS: By the way, all pictures are not my property.