This is my first tattoo done by Sacred Harp Tattoo in Salem, MA. I always wanted a tattoo but never had any ideas. I didn’t want to get something I’d regret later in life. Yes I’m Irish, but that is not the reason why I got this. In July 2011 I lost someone to Cancer, she was like a second mom to me. I took her passing really hard and I knew I wanted to get something done for her. She had a shamrock tattooed on her arm, so I knew that had to be incorporated, and I wanted something with wings. When I was strong enough I started looking up designs. I knew that whatever design I found I’d have it done on my left ankle because that’s where I’d always put temporary tattoos. I found this design and fell in love. Not only did it have the shamrock and wings but it also had the Irish flag. It was so perfect I couldn’t stop looking at it. I went around for weeks showing people the picture saying “this is what I’m going to get.” I was terrified to get it though, not even my mom thought I’d go through with it! The first week I couldn’t stop staring at it…almost as if I didn’t believe it myself. I finally had something on my ankle that won’t wash off after a few showers!
The night my friend and I went (just to check out pricing) they had a cancellation so they were able to take me. I felt like it was meant to happen so I went for it. I’m in love with how it turned out. I’m so proud of myself for getting this, it’s definitely my biggest accomplishment. It hurt, but the pain from getting this was nothing compared to the pain I felt losing her. Every time I see it I have mixed emotions, I smile because I think about her but it’s also a reminder that she’s no longer here. Either way I know I’ll never regret this. She will always be in my heart, and now, on my ankle<3