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01 October 2007 @ 06:23 pm
Memory tattoo  
It's coming up to 1 year since Dad died.

I've been wanting to get a memorial tattoo since it happened, but I could never decide on what to get. I think I'm going to get one next Monday though - the 1-year anniversary of his death. It just seems the right time to do it. But I'm still struggling to decide on what to get. I am thinking it's going to go either on my lower back (either left or right side, near my hip), or on one of my shoulder blades. I sort of had an idea of getting something to represent "the circle of life", like the way that we live & die & are reborn again (in whatever form) - something like the way the moon waxes & wanes, the sun rises & sets, it all comes around in circles. But I'm not sure.

I found a few designs I sort of liked, but if anyone has any ideas, I'd love to hear.
I just want a small, simple one. It will have "dad" written on it, no matter what it is, but I want an image too.
Something to do with memories, living/circle of life, love. I think maybe a sun/moon design would be lovely, but I can't find one I really adore.

Any ideas or websites are welcome.

These are some of the designs that I sort of liked so far:

sorry they're so small - tattoo sites won't let you download larger images without paying, so this will have to do, to preview.

I really miss Dad.

Tags: daddy
sillylambsillylamb on October 1st, 2007 09:03 am (UTC)
I think this is a lovely idea.
I really like the middle one, I think, the best.
Maybe with 'Dad' written in the moon? On an angle? Following the curve?

*snuggly hugs*

d-elicatehandsdown on October 1st, 2007 09:40 am (UTC)
I like the middle one too. Because I think that would also look lovely in colours. It's a lovely idea and there's just something about it that is healing.
weiwaweiwa on October 1st, 2007 10:24 am (UTC)
Another vote for the middle one - it seems to fit your personal aesthetic most. Maybe add a touch of colour to it? Maybe the word 'Dad' in rainbow, if that seems suitable to you? Or a meaningful colour, if there is one.

For location, from personal experience the lower back on the hip (either side) is nice because you can reach down across your belly and touch it easily.

Reading your entries about your dad and how much you miss him has changed the way I think about my relationship with my own parents. Thank you, and I'm very sorry for your loss.
winterswitchery on October 1st, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
Have you thought of maybe prettying up a figure eight, which can represent eternity?
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 1st, 2007 11:44 am (UTC)
that's a nice idea, unfortunately right now, anything involving symbols of any kind reminds me WAY too much of my statistics subject (given that we have to us practically every symbol & greek letter under the sun...)... not really a happy reminder ;) xx
winterswitchery on October 1st, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Oh okay.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 1st, 2007 11:50 am (UTC)
I didn't mean to shoot down your idea hon.
winterswitchery on October 1st, 2007 11:54 am (UTC)
I'm still 75% asleep, I don't think I could muster any more pleasantness if I tried lol It's okay honey, I didn't take it that way.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on October 1st, 2007 11:56 am (UTC)
lol oh good, I was worried I had upset or offended you!
winterswitchery on October 1st, 2007 11:59 am (UTC)
Naaaah :) *fallsoversleeping*
ral: Phoenix at nightralenth on October 1st, 2007 01:16 pm (UTC)
I think the third one is lovely. I'm sorry for your loss.
Mandy Jordanjunquegrrl on October 1st, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
this sounds like a lovely idea.
mmarije on October 1st, 2007 03:04 pm (UTC)
The middle one also caught my immediate attention, but I like the last two as well. Especially the fourth, actually.
remember to breatheturtles_path on October 1st, 2007 03:27 pm (UTC)
i love the circle of life theme as a memorial and am wondering if there's any specific symbolism/animal/planet/whathaveyou that your dad had an affinity for that might be worked into it somehow?
fishbaristababe on October 1st, 2007 05:01 pm (UTC)

I'm so sorry.

But I think this is a lovely idea. The middle one was the first to catch my attention.
?starlakitty on October 1st, 2007 06:03 pm (UTC)
i think that's a great idea. i like the middle one, too.
mai pen rai: stocking & curlsdeadstar_1 on October 1st, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC)
i really like the third one & the tattoo idea i think is brilliant.
eleanor janephotogirl on October 1st, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
the middle one is lovely. i don't know why, but to me it seems the most 'you'.
or do you maybe have a friend or a relative who is good at drawing who could maybe sketch a few designs for you?
oh! & also, there is a beautiful taschen book out that you might find some inspiration in;
citydancer on October 1st, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)
I love this idea.
I've been thinking of getting tattooed when I turn 18; I already have those designs figured out in my head and their symbolic meanings. But this inspired me to maybe get something to remember my own father through.
prophetess666prophetess666 on October 2nd, 2007 12:27 am (UTC)
I think it's a great idea hon. I get tears thinking about this last year in your life.

I like the middle one, and the moon just to the right of it as well.
   ++   Sparkle Of Life   ++sparkleoflife on October 2nd, 2007 03:38 am (UTC)
as nearly everyone else ... the middle one!

Wasn't your sister going to get a tattoo for your dad aswell [or has she already done it and i just can't remember] .... what did she end up doing?
♥: looking out into the worlden_tus_pupilas on October 2nd, 2007 12:20 pm (UTC)
i also vote for the middle one.
it's gorgeous.

it's coming to nine years since my dad died this next october 11.
& i miss him even more. love ya, girl.
jessicasea__secret on October 2nd, 2007 03:34 pm (UTC)
i like the last 3 best.

i have a memorial tattoo for Jen, which I got on the year anniversary of her death too (or sometime really close to that anniversary, anyway).

i love it that now she is in my skin. with me always.