Hayden Panettiere was on The View discussing how her tattoo was misspelled. The tattoo reads
“Vivere senza rimipianti,” which is meant to be “to live without
regrets” in Italian. Welllll…an extra i was added to the Italian word
for “regret.” Her response? She’s proud of it and going to live up to what it means (or is supposed to mean).
|Photo credit: www.milliondollartattoo.com|
When I moved up to the ‘burbs from the city, I got a little restless.
So what did I do? Have a girl’s night out? Go on a shopping spree? No silly, I got a tattoo! Now, this wasn’t your regular tattoo, mind you. I had it all designed in my head- something with a lot of meaning, unique, and bold. What I ended up with was a misshapen, fuzzy outline that kinda looked like the metal picture I had if I squinted and didn’t look very hard. I cried.
I messed up; I didn’t communicate exactly what I wanted and I settled. I recently got it fixed and love it more than the original image I had in mind, but I lived with the not-so-fabulous ink for years before I got up the courage to try again. This time, I was very specific, came armed with an iPad photo gallery, and dressed in leather for extra courage (hey, I was a suburban mom…I needed them to take me seriously!). I had the owner of another parlor do the work himself (never mind the fact that he was high as a kite and kept taking “breaks” to increase his creative potential. Whatever; it worked).
Long story short, I learned that I need to be prepared in life, ask for EXACTLY what I want and not stop until I get it. Almost everything can be corrected, redone or modified in a way that is satisfactory.
So to tattoo or not to tattoo?
I say do it. My parents wouldn’t let me get any (more) piercings or tattoos when I was in college, and I am thankful for that. I think people truly develop when they are completely supporting themselves, living on their own, completely responsible for their own actions. I love my tattoo and it stands for who I am today and what I value in life.
Any other tattoo tales out there? Would love to hear about them!
(P.S. I realized I have never mentioned that comments make my day. Literally. MAKE MY DAY! So thank you to everyone who a. reads this blog and b. takes the time to leave comments.)