Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My Tattoos & What They Mean To Me


A Mommas Desires and Pacifiers

Super pumped about showing off my tattoos! 

I have mixed feelings about tattoos, since they are on your body foreverrrr. I think getting a random tattoo because its "cute" or you just want one is dumb. Sorry, not sorry. 

Both of my tattoos have meaning and were thought out. 

Here is my first tattoo. I got it in April of 2008. Sweet Jesus I can't believe its been almost 4 years!



"Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."
Ephesians 5:1-2

My daily reminder that God freely gives me grace & love, and to walk in the confidence of knowing that the God of the universe loves ME.

My second tattoo is a combination of meaning. I got the word "grace" written vertically in Greek with my sister. Her middle name is Grace and she got the same thing on her back. Also, my favorite explanation of grace is: the undeserved love and salvation God gives. mmm.

Two weeks later I went and had two lilies and a dove added. Because it didn't hurt enough the first time? This beauty is on my ribs under my left shoulder. I love it.



“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
    “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."
Matthew 6:25-34

I am a worrier by nature. This passage has given me so much hope over the years that I decided I wanted to add it to the grace tattoo. I asked an artistic friend to try to put this passage into a picture, and I think she did an amazing job.

Taking close up pictures reminds me I need to get these touched up! I love the sepia look, but it fades really fast. I was actually told that the one on my foot would be a sepia/henna color. Does it look non-black to you? No, me either. Oh well :)

I love that my tattoos are meant especially for me and also that I dont have to show them if I dont want to. Maybe one day I'll get another one, but for now, these two are sufficient for me!

20 comments:

Samantha said...

Love this passage. I am also a worrier by nature - Thanks for this!

Also, love your tattoos!! The meaning behind both is awesome. :)

Sam

Ruthie Hart said...

WOW! I love your foot tattoo sooo much! It is gorgeous!! I have 3 myself hehehe

Ashley H said...

Matthew 6:34 is my FAVORITE! That's what I'm getting on my right inner wrist! Love it.

beth joy said...

I have two tattoos. in the EXACT same places. The one on the side of my ribs is matthew 5:16 - which is my life verse & the one on my right foot says "until only love remains"
and I feel as though I have the SAME feelings about tattoos as you - which is why we both thought a lot about our tats & got them in the same places!
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I may have to do a tattoos story! I love this!!!

Lauren said...

Love them and their meanings!!

Holly said...

I love your foot tattoo!
and I agree on the random tattoo statement. I did one when I was 18 and eventaully had it covered up. yikes.

AllyceR said...

I love your tattoos and I think you explained the second one to me when you got it but not that in depth and I loved reading the passage that goes along with it. You're so classy, tasteful AND graceful!

Ashlyn said...

wow love your tattoos & their meanings! i have one tattoo & would love to get another one.

Meg {henninglove} said...

i love your tats katie. the one of your foot is my favorite. do you think you will be able to make it to the blogger meet-up?

Alyssa said...

LOVE your foot tattoo! Love the placing and the saying!

Kasey Lynne said...

Wow...I really love the meanings behind these tattoos. Those verses are so wonderful and great daily reminders as well.

Erin said...

Love your tattoos (especially the "grace" one ;)

Karrie said...

Beautiful tattoos and moreso, beautiful ways to bring scripture to life!

Raven said...

I seriously LOVE them, and how you have verses that coincide with them. So meaningful, which are my favorite ever kind of tattoos. And I have had to get some of mine touched up also, they come out looking like new, I love it! Thanks so much for linking up with me!

Cait said...

great tats girl- so inspiring :)

Sara @ Seeing Purple Stars said...

cute tattoos! love them! :)

J and A said...

So pretty. I really want a foot tat.

Elise said...

Hmmm that first one looks familiar :) I love how it's looking worn and weathered now. Seriously, it looks bomb. Mine still looks like I got it 6 weeks ago.

Katie said...

I think the first one looks more sepia than black. It fades because of the location - when I got my foot tattoo done he explained to me that there are specific areas on the foot that exfoliate much more than others, and that tattoos in those locations will fade much faster. I love the meanings behind your tattoos - both of my are very personal so that I would never get sick of them. :)

nicole. said...

quickly scrolled through a couple posts and realized after only a couple we both were passed on the liebster award and linked up for the i love tattoos party.

awesome.