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Tattoos representing the struggle/surviving?

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Hi everyone.

I'm a bit of a tattoo enthusiast and though I don't currently have the money for one, I'm always planning ahead to the next one that I want. Not sure if I will do this or not but I wondered if any of you have/have thought about getting one to represent your struggles with MI. If so, what are some of your ideas?

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I have "The Devil and God are raging inside of me" covering scars on my left forearm.

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Peace and love

 

I felt the need to get it because of the fact that there are too many fucked up things in life, so I wanted something pretty on my body to remind it doesn't have to be all bad. 

 

(I have a lot of scars, you can see pick marks on my legs...etc. Forgive that please.) It was something to counterbalance the bad. 

 

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forgive my hairy foot....

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Cool guys. I had meant too ask about opinions on tattoos too cover scars too.

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I plan on getting a phoenix b/c they represent always rising after the fall.

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when i got released from the ed clinic, i literally walked straight down the street and got my hip pierced. it was kind of a congratulatory thing.

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On the 11th anniversary of my abduction I got a tattoo of a Buddhist knot of eternity. It's in the mid upper back, so I don't see it much, but I know it's always there, protecting me in a way. Or 'backing me up,' as my tdoc said.

From what I've learned from various tattoo artists, it's generally not a good idea to tattoo over scarred skin. It reacts differently to ink and cause more scarring, or spreading of the ink.

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On the 11th anniversary of my abduction I got a tattoo of a Buddhist knot of eternity. It's in the mid upper back, so I don't see it much, but I know it's always there, protecting me in a way. Or 'backing me up,' as my tdoc said.

From what I've learned from various tattoo artists, it's generally not a good idea to tattoo over scarred skin. It reacts differently to ink and cause more scarring, or spreading of the ink.

 

 

I really like the knot of eternity tattoo, especially that you don't see it but know it's there..

 

One tattoo artist I spoke with said that for him he didn't have much more trouble tattooing over scars, in terms of ink spreading etc...he said that stretch marks were harder to tattoo over. I think it would also depend on the scar itself and whether it's fully healed etc...I recently read an article about someone who got a tattoo over a scar on his chest from open heart surgery and he said that getting tattooed over scar tissue was much more painful compared to other tattoos he had gotten previously.

 

Peace and love

 

I felt the need to get it because of the fact that there are too many fucked up things in life, so I wanted something pretty on my body to remind it doesn't have to be all bad. 

 

(I have a lot of scars, you can see pick marks on my legs...etc. Forgive that please.) It was something to counterbalance the bad. 

 

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forgive my hairy foot....

 Bree, I really love your tattoo, it is pretty and I like the thinking behind it, you have a lot of insight for someone your age

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Thèse are all great! I have thought about getting a pheonix myself and TOT I plan on getting the little red righteous babe from the righteous babe record logo. Its so cool that you got a moth i love that album!

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I have a bipolar tattoo - it is ankle to over my hip on the outside of my leg.  It's a non-representational vine with one centering piece and two dual elements around it.

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I got "Hold on Hope" from the song and to remind me to be strong. 

 

I also have a tattoo on my ankle. It really needs touching up so I won't post a picture. But on the outside it has an ankh with thorns wrapping around it. This is to represent the struggle with life. The thorns wrap around my ankle and surround ash leaves that symbolize strength and wisdom. These leaves surround the Celtic tree of life (this part of the tattoo really needs fixing because it is just a mess. I'm thinking of converting it to a eclipse). Crowning the tree of life is a pair of acorns that symbolize protection. The tattoo means a lot to me, I want to get it fixed up so I can be proud of, too.

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I'm writing an album right now and most of the subject matter is about what it's like to be bipolar. As soon as I've finished producing it, I'd like to have the cover art or some of the song lyrics tattooed on my body in a kind of two-for-one congratulatory memorial, like: "Hey, you're bipolar and you've accomplished this great thing!" 

I've also considered getting something tattooed on my thighs, which is where I used to cut. In addition to being a testament-to-survival thing, I think it would also make relapse much harder for me, at least on that area of my body. I love tattoos and think they're beautiful; I wouldn't want to ruin any lovely artwork.

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I have http://pinterest.com/pin/78672324710970984/ I got it for many reasons but the story behind it is that my freind S and I got into Awkward Ballon, http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Awkward%20Balloon during Spring 2012. She was the one who took me to the ER and bought me awkward red ballons during IP (inaddion to other stuff). So I decided to turn the ballon into a sign for hope, and to remember to let things go.

 

 

I also have the one below, in Turkish it means 'dont panic'. The story behind this one is that I wanted more theny anything to go to Turkey with school, in May. But I was having great problems with one of the deans of my school, who had the power to prevent me from going. I was able to go with several pepple going to bat for me. But I spent the trip alternating between 'BEST DAY EVER" and "WHAT HAVE I DONE"(think Rapunzle from Tangled when she leaves the tower). I started to calm down with the help of a PRN. But a few days before we where leaving, we took the tram in Istanbul. My freind Kim almost triped on to the tracks, but caught herself. A Turkish dude said "Panik Yuklu! Panik Yuklu" or as our teacher told us dont panic. Its on my wrist and serves as a way for me to rember how important that trip was and how important it is to not panic.

 

You can read my theological/emotinal/personal relfections on my tatts at http://itinerant-camper.blogspot.com/2012/12/panik-yuklu.html

 

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Technically it is covering scars...when I did drugs I used to pick at my feet. 

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I have a teal survivor ribbon (for childhood sexual abuse) on my arm, and the "OM" symbol on my wrist. I would find something that you like and you don't mind explaining... although you don't have to explain anything you do not wish to share. I just get asked all the time if it's a breast cancer ribbon, and I tell them what it is... Good luck!! :D

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Thanks for the responses i so wish i could get one now!

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I want a dragonfly as my "MI" tattoo. Idk why. They just seem related to me.

I have a sea monster (taken from Where the Wild Things Are) to remind me to be calm and that it will be okay.

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I have a phrase tattooed on my left wrist (too paranoid of being identified in real life to say what it is right now) and that always kept me from cutting on it. I would love to get the big scar on my right wrist tattooed over with something meaningful, but I don't know, would tattoos on both wrists be too much?

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Important tip: if you're going to get a foreign language tattoo, double and triple check you have the correct meaning.

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..i also have a tattoo on the inside of my right forearm that is my celtic clan war cry in scots gaelic.  it is the correct spelling, but i don't know how to pronounce it, which is ok with me.  it's the war cry fact that means the most to me.  my oldest brother got the clan crest on his shoulder at the same time.  it was a sibling bonding day as well as a reclamation of strength for me.  

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Important tip: if you're going to get a foreign language tattoo, double and triple check you have the correct meaning.

 

Yes! Very important tip indeed! I got my first tatt on a whim 15 yrs ago - walked into a place and chose a pic off the wall.  They said it was a chinese symbol for "courage", but for the life of me I have never been able to verify that or even find a duplicate of the symbol online.  For all I know, it could mean "fried chicken and chips"! Fortunately it's on my hip so not frequently seen by other people... I just hold on to the idea that to me it represents courage.  But I would still like to emphasise to anyone contemplating something in a foreign language or script that they need to make absolutely sure that it is what they think or have been told it is.

 

eta - someone up above was talking about skin stretching/changing with age.  For a while I was contemplating getting my next tatt on the inside of my wrist. But I have a 97 year old grandmother and have therefore seen up close and personal how the skin on her forearms and wrists  now looks.  So, if longevity is commonplace in your family, perhaps think seriously about how you'll feel in your 80's and 90's with tattooed skin literally hanging off your wrists, and whether you're prepared to take that risk. (Nothing to say that you shouldn't go for it, just be aware of what it might look like in the future.)

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