So today, 28 May 2012, after years of wanting it… this finally happened. My first tattoos.
The first is on my left thigh, and the second is on my right thigh.
but first we’ll live.
The first, spoken by Ygritte in A Storm of Swords, is a snippet from my favourite quotation in the series. I really took it to heart when I first read the series; it struck me as a reminder that if I live in fear of tomorrow, I would never live life to the fullest. Instead, I live life and take it day by day, and live in the present. I live in the here and the now and nothing matters more than this very moment. Sure, tomorrow is inevitable, but there’s no point in wasting today away and holding back in fear now, only to live in regret later. It’s Carpe Diem at its finest. Or ASOIAF-est.
one step and then another, and i will not fall.
The second is a thought from Jon Snow in A Clash of Kings. For me, the message is twofold. I’ve wanted this as a tattoo for ages, because it’s a reminder for me to take things as they come, to not let things overwhelm me. As long as I take things step by step, I’ll get through, I’ll succeed. And then secondly, after my accident in January that dislocated my knee and had me in crutches, these words mean even more to me in a literal sense. (That’s why I got it on my right thigh, because my right leg is the injured one).
Both tattoos mean so much to me on a personal level, as a reminder to keep buggering on and live life to the fullest, but then, in equal measure, they’re both excerpts from one of my favourite book series, from my two favourite characters. The font is Little Sparrow, which I chose because it had such a wildling-y, imperfect feel to it.
It’s a win/win, and I couldn’t be happier with my first tattoos. :)
Tattoos by the amazing, kind, and incredibly talented Jimbow
at Adrenaline Vancouver on Granville Street