Hello friends of the Internet,

long time no update! And as you already know from the title of this post, this update is pretty significant; I got a tattoo! In this post I am going to share the meaning behind my tattoo and my overall experience.

This wasn’t a snap decision, it is something I have been thinking about for two years. I waited for so long because I wanted it to feel right, I wanted to feel ready. And maybe even more than that, I wanted to do it at a time in my life that was significant to me. After two months of living by myself in a foreign country, I notice change within myself. A part of me has matured a lot since first arriving and believe it or not, this is the first time in my life that I feel like an adult.


THE EXPERIENCE

What made the experience even more special is that I got to share it with my best friend, who was visiting me over the weekend. We had always talked about getting tattoos together, even pondered over tattoos to symbolise our friendship. So when she first brought up the idea to finally take the step and get a tattoo, I was instantly on board.

After that, everything just kind of fell into place. There was a tattoo convention in Brussels on the same weekend as her visit, so we contacted a tattoo artist we liked and made an appointment. She sent him a reference photo but I wasn’t really able to find one that matched my idea so I simply wrote this: “a one-line sunflower”. It was now up to him to draw up a sketch.

When we arrived, we were pretty nervous – in a good way. We sat down with the artist and he showed us his designs. When he finally showed mine, I felt instant a wave of relief. It was exactly what I had pictured in my mind. All of the anxiety I had about not liking the sketch faded away and a strange calm came over me. It sounds dramatic but this is something I rarely experience with my anxiety always crowding my mind.

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Around 20 minutes later, I was the proud owner of a one-line sunflower. It definitely wasn’t the worst pain I’ve experienced – of course I didn’t find it to be pleasant but it was tolerable. With the amount of people advising me against getting my first tattoo on my ribs because of the pain, I was expecting a lot worse. My best friend was next and another half an hour later we walked out of the convention, both of us with fresh ink on our bodies.


THE MEANING

Sunflowers have always been a big part of my life. I can’t pinpoint it exactly, all I know is that I have been fascinated by them for as long as I can remember and have always drawn inspiration from them. Whenever I see them, I feel this happiness radiating from them, it’s hard not to be infected by it. So, ever since childhood, I have always associated sunflowers with happiness.

I also feel like it symbolises my own growth throughout the years and the growth that is still to come. That is why it is entirely made up of one line – everything I was, everything I am and everything I will be is connected.

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