Earlier this summer, I went down to Orlando to visit two of my cousins who live there. My cousins and I are very close, so I usually try to get down there a few times a year. This particular occasion was especially exciting because our other cousin, Shannon, was visiting from Seattle. Among us cousins, four of the six of us are on the east coast, but the other two live in Washington. Pretty much any time one of the west coasters comes to our time zone, the rest of us will come to them. Shannon came to Orlando, so my sister and I came to her. Five of the six of us had planned a week full of more antics than usual, as this was no ordinary trip. Shannon hadn't just come to Florida for the heck of it...she was making a pilgrimage to Epcot. You see, it was Shannon's 21st birthday.
At the Poly the night before...so Shannon could buy a glass (bottle?) of wine at midnight! Why are we all making the same face? Yep, just a normal family photo.
I wanted the Freekware symbol, but I wanted it to be incorporated into something else...and I wanted that something else to have some kind of movement to it. While perusing through Pinterest one day, I became enamored with dandelion tattoos. I know dandelions don't seem to symbolize much...I mean, they're weeds. But that means they're resilient and can take root anywhere. Plus, they always remind me of one of my favorite Disney scenes of all time.
Shannon got a black Freekware symbol on her left shoulder blade.
Michelle got the words "Stay Positive" over a hibiscus flower. Her husband, an artist, created the design!
Jen got a blue Freekware logo on her left hip.
Amanda got a black Freekware logo on her right shoulder blade.
Here's how mine turned out!
Each of us had a different response to the inking process - some of us developed that "ink addiction" and are already talking about a next tattoo. I was not one of those people. It didn't hurt as badly as I thought it would, but it certainly wasn't comfortable. It was more like a nails-on-a-chalkboard sensation for me, and I definitely don't need to do that again! But we had a lot of fun together that day, and now we have a lasting reminder of it. I love how each of us got something slightly different, but they all have the same sentiment behind them.
Do you have a tattoo? What's the story behind it?