Lifestyle: Tattoo Update

Hey, y’all! I’m back!

I told ya I had lots of cool posts planned, so I’m here today to bring you one of those posts.

Today we’re going to be talking about the last part of my birthday adventure which was to get a tattoo I’ve been wanting for at least a year. I’ll be telling you all about the darling who drew the tattoo up for me, the artist and shop who tattooed it on my skin, pain level, and the story behind the tattoo itself!

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Let’s go ahead and get on into the tattoo.

thanks to my love for the photo. go follow his instagram account @mcguiresmedia

I suppose first I’ll tell you exactly what the tattoo is because for some reason a lot of people can’t tell. On my left wrist, along with most of my other tattoos, on May 8th, 2017 I got a moth tattoo with some extra details at the bottom of the moth. The moth itself was drawn by a super dear friend of mine, Jasmine Buck. She has the most wonderful drawing style and I knew she could do exactly what I wanted for this moth. I’m so happy to have her artwork on me forever. The dots and jewels attached to the end of the moth were placed there to kind of finish the piece around my wrist and have it lay better on my arm and also match the dots from the tattoo on my upper arm. As for who tattooed the drawing on my arm I decided to go Jasmine’s tattoo artist. I absolutely love the style of all of Jasmine’s tattoos, and I also knew Jasmine got tattooed by a female artist here in the upstate-I have always wanted a piece of work on me from a professional female tattoo artist-so I asked Jasmine where/who tattooed her, checked out some more of her work, and decided that’s for sure who I wanted to go to.

This is the tattoo artist. Sarah McKnight. Brilliant; that’s all I have to say. I love almost all of her work. I’ll place some pictures of her work down below that are in different styles than she did my tattoo.

Sarah works at Main Street tattoo on Woodruff rd. in Greenville, South Carolina along with some other really rad artists. I’ll link their website HERE so you can check out everybody’s work! This is for sure the most comfortable and welcoming shop I’ve ever been in. I felt so relaxed. The overall experience was perfect.

I absolutely loved sitting with Sarah and chatting with her while she tattooed this amazing piece of art on my wrist. She’s super cool, super funny, and such a pleasant person to be around. Once again, I was extra excited to be tattooed by a female tattoo artist, however there was an added rad factor, at the time of giving me this tattoo Sarah was/as of right now still is pregnant and I think that’s so cool. A tattooed tattooing mom. I love this. I’m so pleased with how the tattoo came out, how she seemed to mold the picture to my wrist, and the fact that the detail was so outstanding just blew me away. I will definitely be returning to Sarah for some more work on my arm as soon as I can!

Let’s talk about pain level.

While this tattoo definitely wasn’t the easiest tattoo I’ve received it wasn’t the roughest either. I’d probably give it a 6 on the pain level from 1-10. It wasn’t too terrible, but there were a few spots that had me in tons of pain. Specifically on the bones of my tiny wrist where the end of the moth and the dots and jewels are. It took a little over an hour for Sarah to complete, so sitting through the pain was for sure doable.

When it comes to the meaning behind the tattoo, there’s a lot to be said.

The meaning of the tattoo comes from a poem by Don Marquis entitled The Lesson of The Moth.

the lesson of the moth

i was talking to a moth
the other evening
he was trying to break into
an electric light bulb
and fry himself on the wires

why do you fellows
pull this stunt i asked him
because it is the conventional
thing for moths or why
if that had been an uncovered
candle instead of an electric
light bulb you would
now be a small unsightly cinder
have you no sense

plenty of it he answered
but at times we get tired
of using it
we get bored with the routine
and crave beauty
and excitement
fire is beautiful
and we know that if we get
too close it will kill us
but what does that matter
it is better to be happy
for a moment
and be burned up with beauty
than to live a long time
and be bored all the while
so we wad all our life up
into one little roll
and then we shoot the roll
that is what life is for
it is better to be a part of beauty
for one instant and then cease to
exist than to exist forever
and never be a part of beauty
our attitude toward life
is come easy go easy
we are like human beings
used to be before they became
too civilized to enjoy themselves

and before i could argue him
out of his philosophy
he went and immolated himself
on a patent cigar lighter
i do not agree with him
myself i would rather have
half the happiness and twice
the longevity

but at the same time i wish
there was something i wanted
as badly as he wanted to fry himself

Essentially this tattoo is to remind me of the lesson of the moth. In short to do what makes me happy and always strive for that happiness. I love this poem and the idea behind it and since I always seem to think of it when I think of happiness I thought it would be a good addition to my arm and a great reminder to keep with me forever.

That’s it for today. Make sure you check back later this week for the start of a few posts about my recent travels to Wilmington NC.

As always, thanks for taking the time to read my ramblings. <3

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