I got my first tattoo ever on my 18th birthday, 9 years ago. Since then, I have accumulated quite a few, nearly two full sleeves (that are so close to being done I can taste it). People aren’t lying when they say tattoos can get addictive, it’s true, at least for me. I’m always thinking about what I want next.
Living in one of the most tattooed cities in the U.S. is pretty awesome. As someone who grew up in the relatively conservative city of Dallas, moving to Austin was an obvious choice for me. Having a lot of tattoos can draw quite a few stares in a place like Dallas, but you will rarely get a double take in Austin. I am accepted here for who I am, instead of judged. Which is something I expected when I made my choice to get tattooed, but I didn’t realize that it might actually bother me. When it comes down to it, beneath all the tattoos, I’m a total goody-goody (I don’t even drink) — so hate on, haters… you don’t know me.
If you’re struggling with the decision to get tattooed or just looking for possible inspiration, here are some tattoos that I think are pretty cool. I’ve also included horrible photos of myself in sweatpants, awkwardly trying to show you my tattoos. Enjoy!
I know these are kind of blurry (not so blurry that you can’t see my sweatpants, bent over tummy roll!), so I’ll clear a few things up. Yes, I have a YOLO tattoo. I got it like 4 years ago, and if that makes me lame or a hipster, so be it. That thing on my left shoulder is a ham (yeah, a ham.. I love ham) and the tattoo at the top of my arm with the skunk says “Always Sleepy”… other than that one, I think they are pretty legible in these photos…but feel free to ask if you want to know what something is or just have any tattoo questions in general!