When I was young, I did not care about how I looked -- I got a few silly questions why my cheeks were so red and so on, but nothing more. But some years later, I always found it weird and displeasing that all my friends had such smooth arms. And how the hairs on their arms folded neatly on the arm. I found it difficult to stand next to them when I had t-shits so I always wore some cardigan to hide them. And it did not get better when I started to get into puberty. All the guys asked why my arms were so dotty and red all the time. "Why are you always cold?" and "Why do your skin look like that?" has always been "normal" questions for me when I have shown my arms to people that would want me to feel bad, or friends that were curious. A doctor once asked me if I wanted to do something to my arms so that it would not look as bad. I have felt awful about my arms my whole life. And when I got around 18, I wanted to care less.
I saw so many people have beautiful tattoos on their arms, some small and some bigger. I was so in love with the thought of getting tattoos to cover up my arms or "decorate" them. But I knew that it would not be possible. My family is very against tattoos and would never let me get one. But when I moved out with Alex, I got over the fear of angry parents and grandparents and got my very first tattoo. The feeling was awful but the result was beautiful. I was (am) so pleased to have it -- now I want to show my arms in public, because I am confident. Tattoos give me courage to show my body parts that I have hated for years. Tattoos makes me love my arms, something that I never thought that I would say or think.
Yesterday, Alex and I went to Royal Arch Tattoo again, to Elin, and got some tattoos ( I got two, Alex got one). I love them. It is a quote and two hands with a moon and a star. I think both of them are beautiful and Alex's tattoo is so cool!
I do understand if some people hates tattoos, I did when I was very young, but that does not make it right to stop other people to get them. People want them for a reason.