I'm not against tattoos, but personally I've just never felt it's quite for me because I don't know of anything that I'd be willing to have indefinitely displayed on my body. But lately I've just been thinking a lot and I've been pondering about 'is there a phrase or an image that I think I could commit myself to / have meaning for me for life?"
Which brings me to my question... hypothetically speaking, if you had to get something tattooed on you that you just have some sort of connection with, what would it be and why?
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I have a picture of mine in my profile, but it serves a dual purpose, in a way. The general outline is of a treble clef that is reference to Char Aznable of the Gundam anime series (some claim it's his initials in a styled way, which makes sense). I've always loved the design of it, so that's ultimately the symbol I chose.
However, every symbol has a deeper meaning, and here is mine: throughout my life I've always struggled with loneliness. My mother was hospitalized when I was young, and hospitalized more than once, and my father worked horrible hours, so aside from my little brother who was too young to remember much of anything now, I had no one. We'd moved and I had no friends, and no one seemed interested in being my friend.
Well, that story basically perpetuated itself, and then I started dating a gal, who three years in left me for someone else, and I lost a lot of friends due to my sadness and inability to move on as quickly as they would have liked. It just seemed as though everyone always left in the end, and I had nothing, no friends, no close family, no money, no place I called home, but I still had music. And when I thought about it, I'd always had my music. It was always there when I needed it, it couldn't leave, it couldn't judge, it couldn't argue, it couldn't fight, it was always there to carry and uplift and share and empathize. And I couldn't believe that I had forgotten this great friend of mine that I'd always had, and began to feel as though I should have a reminder - a physical representation of that which couldn't physically comfort me.
So, I gathered up enough cash, walked to the parlor, and the rest is history, and I don't for a second regret it.2