This is my sisu tattoo. I don’t recall the name of the lovely lady who did it, but it was done at Buddha’s Body Art in Erie, PA.
Sisu is a Finnish term loosely translated into English as strength of will, determination, perseverance, and acting rationally in the face of adversity. However, the word is widely considered to lack a proper translation into any other language.
I got it a week before I moved to Chicago after living my entire life in a town with less than 700 people. It reminds me to always keep my head up and to remember what I’m working towards, no matter how hard things can get. I’m in love with it.