Tattoos have always been an interesting concept to me. They are permanent. Once you get one, it’s very hard to get rid of it. It really is a big commitment. But for me, I’ve never taken mine too seriously.
None of them were planned in any particular way. I had ideas that I knew I’d get one day, but for the most part I’ve never felt a lot of pressure with my tattoos. I don’t have a rule that they all have to significant. Honestly, some of them I 100% went into or will go into knowing that I’m getting it because it’s ridiculous or simply just because it looks cool.
My very first tattoo. The one I got a few days after turning 18. I had a plan for what I wanted, and then I was making change at my first coffee shop job and saw the little eye at the top of the pyramid on the dollar bill and thought it looked really cool. I didn’t look into what it meant or what it stood for. To this day, this has become one of my favorites simply because of the conversations it’s started. So many people have their own interpretation for what it means. Some ask if I’m in the illuminati to which I promptly reply, “Yes, and now I have to kill you.” Some think it’s the eye of God while others are convinced I’m a Satan worshiper before they say a single word to me.
I think I like it so much because it taught me a very valuable lesson in a period of my life where I was learning how to be myself. It taught me that no matter what you do to attempt to put a message into the world, people will always see what they want to see. This little, silly set of lines means something significant to some people while for me, it really is just a set of lines that I thought looked cool when I was 18.
The second one I got was another imagery rebellion, though this one was intentional.
I hadn’t heard the story of St. Peter until my grandma was talking about it sometime between my 18th and 19th birthday. It was then that I discovered the origin of the upside-down cross. This thing that I had grown up thinking was an anti-Christ symbol was really a symbol for believing in something unashamedly and sticking to those beliefs until the very end.
While I’m not religious at all, I got the cross of St. Peter with a rose inside as a reminder of my grandma and the values that she and my grandpa have passed down to my parents and ultimately to me. My grandma LOVES Jesus and God and the Catholic Church just as much as she loves all of us. She always smells like roses and she has always been a solid support for me in everything I’ve done, whether she agreed with it or not (:
The two of us are one in the same and that bond will always be a very special one for me. We both have a strong will and stick to our beliefs while still being respectful when our beliefs don’t align.
The third tattoo I got because it looks cool. I could say it’s a link to my adolescence, and in a way it is… But that’s not why I got it.
I got it because my friend (and unofficial wedding photographer), Mary Robinson, grew up taking photos of her friends and being one of those friends, we did a shoot one day where she drew a little infinity sign on the back of my neck and took this photo. I thought it looked cool and decided that I’d get it when I turned 18.
This was actually suppose to be my first tattoo, but then I got distracted by the other two and got this one a few months after my second one.
This is another that I got cause I thought it would look cool (have you noticed the trend?). I’ve always been drawn to phases of the moon photos. Moon calendars and all. I love it. I have no real connection to the moon. Again, this could be a homage to my adolescent days of nighttime walks (that I wasn’t technically suppose to be doing but boy were they peaceful) and all the moments I’ve spent enjoying the calm of a quiet summer night.
But no, it’s just the phases of the moon (or the process of eating an Oreo, as my mom would say) in a little infinity swirl because that was the idea the tattoo artist had when I came in and said I wanted a tattoo of the phases of the moon.
This one may have been my most planned and most meaningful of them all so far. It is my maiden name, Villaume. The name I had for the first 21 years of my life. The link I have to my family. The name I dropped completely when I got married because Isabel Villaume Jones just didn’t sound as good as Isabel Rae Jones.
Despite all the ups and down that come with being part of a family, I love them all very much. I love what I’ve become because of them and no matter what my name is, I’ll always be a Villaume.
PLANS FOR FUTURE INK
I don’t have any of them drawn out specifically, but I’ve included a few inspiration photos along with the descriptions of what I’m thinking exactly.
This is one I’ve been thinking about for a very long time, but I know it’ll be my most expensive and time consuming so I’ve put a pin in it for the time being. It’s the only one that I’m going to get in color and it’s going to be a bright, sailor jerry style tattoo in the classic shoulder location.
Only here's where it gets super dumb and I love it - and I’m partly getting it because I feel like a ridiculous tattoo is something I need in my life because I like a little ridiculousness in my life. - It’s going to be a bright red crawfish (my FAVORITE food) immerging from the water with a big blue wave behind it. On the classic gold banner it will say “Ragin’ Cajun” and it will be beautiful and I cannot wait to have this amazing work on my body.
A little piece of our wedding to go along side the name I left behind.
We really only used baby’s breath as the flowers for our wedding and I feel like it’s the perfect flower to represent the bond Ian and I have created. Baby’s breath stands for everlasting and undying love. It’s perfect because I’ve pretty much planned our afterlives for ever scenario of what could happen to humans after they pass to ensure we will truly be together for ever. Don’t judge. I know I’m creepy. Ian’s okay with it.
This will go along with a little emblem that was drawn for us by an old friend that turned out perfectly.
My last planned tattoo is for our children, of course. Once we’re pretty confident we’re done having kids, I plan to get a little wildflower bouquet drawn too look like it’s loosely tied in a little paper wrapper.
So far I’ll for sure have some Larkspur (for Oliver) and a Daffodil (for Charlie). I’ll have at least one more flower in that arrangement if everything goes according to plan. But who knows how many flowers I’ll get in there!
And there you have it! All my current and future tattoos for the time being. I like all my tattoos and tattoo plans. They add an extra element to my style and story that I’ve enjoyed over the years.