Ahh, tattoos. How I love all you little guys. Well, not all of you, but you get the idea. As I write this, my brother and I are in the middle of pondering (with a hint of arguing) over what to get as a possible tattoo together. You see, unlike most adults our age, my brother Jonathan and I never took the plunge into the permanent-ink-on-body club. We’ve wanted to for years, but the glaring eyes and threats of our parents have prevented us. Piercings? Fine. Blue hair? A-Okay. But tattoos? Never.
Yet despite my parents’ opinions, nay forbiddances, my desire stays strong. Sure, I may feel like a special snowflake unicorn amongst my fellow millennials because of my inkless skin, but that has yet to make a great argument against having a work of art, something of true meaning with the one person in the world I will always count on, both present and future.
And so, I present for you dear reader a few of my favorite tattoos and styles that if I were to actually commit, would be my inspiration.
- Fine, single needle
Woo is famous in the tattoo world for his geometric style and single needle application. His pieces are uniquely his and easily recognizable. I love how the simplicity of the overall design is never overshadowed by the intricacy of the lines and detail.
- Geometric (specifically triangles)
Simple geometric tattoos have grown in popularity over the last couple of years and it doesn’t look like the trend is ending any time soon. And boy am I a fan. Personally, I have always had a fondness for triangles. Not only do they mean past, present, future and could serve as a reminder that all things pass and the future is mine to carry, but they are also simple enough that one could (hopefully) never grow bored of one.
- Trees / Forests
Trees and nature tattoos will probably always be popular. Simply put, I find trees and forest-scapes simply beautiful.
- Quote / Typography
Quotes and typography tattoos were particularly popular in 2015. As an ADHD, anxiety-riddled person, I would like a reminder to stay calm and present, which is why I am drawn to the quote “be here now” as a wrist tattoo.
- San Francisco cityscape
This is the idea that my brother and I came up with together as we were both born in San Francisco and we both consider it home. As our father always says, the greatest gift we ever received was having “San Francisco” on our birth certificates. Cityscapes are definitely popular, so we’re leaning toward doing an outline of something that doesn’t include the Golden Gate Bridge, but contains a building that is still unique to the City.
Supporters of Project Semicolon, which describes itself as “a faith-based non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love to those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury,” have been getting the grammatical symbol tattooed on their body to show their solidarity with the project’s mission. As someone who suffers from both depression and has the scars of self-injury, this tattoo is particularly meaningful to me. I love the meaning behind the semicolon: a semicolon represents a sentence the author could’ve ended, but chose not to do so. The author is you and the sentence is your life.0