Thursday, 28 April 2011


I think it's time I got round to actually getting a tattoo, I've talked about it amongst friends for years and now I have some money (hello student loan) and actually live near some pretty decent tattoo places it might be time to get on with it. I have a month of uni left and two months until I have to move back home and away from said decent tattoo places, so I am on a time limit which should motivate me.
I used to want some stars on my foot, now I want something a little more individual and something that I'm not going to get bored of in a few years time. I have thought about it carefully and decided on a swallow. Now I know that a swallow is a popular choice, but it's a beautiful bird, one that has a pretty tough life and always (or tries to) return to the same area in Britain or Africa. While my life is anything but tough, I do always enjoy returning home, particularly after a long period of absence, so I know to some extent how they feel, although I'd never choose to travel quite so far. Personally I don't feel you have to justify getting a tattoo, so it really just boils down to the fact that I like the image of a swallow. Simple. A lot of tattoos I've seen, the ones that pop up on google, are in the Sailor Jerry style, which I like but not enough to get one on me. I have instead decided to go for a 'sketched' style, so that the swallow looks like it's been drawn, like out of a bird book if that makes sense, I'm hoping this will make it a bit more unique and 'me'.

Anyway, philosophical ramblings aside, here are some images that I pulled off google (original credits missing sorrrrry) that I'm hoping to print off and chop about as I like elements from all of them, but not as an individual image:

Soooo hopefully in a few months time I will have something like the above on me...somewhere, I haven't figured out the placement yet, somewhere that I can cover if necessary but that's easy to show to people without having to strip off/flash everyone. I'm thinking the shoulder blade, inner forearm or on my foot, or the top of my thigh, oh decisions! Not too worried about it hurting as I am no stranger to painful piercings (never go for a scaffold, most painful experience of my life) and it won't (hopefully!) kill me, plus I'm choosing to have it done, and I hate wingeing about self-inflictedness (as does my bf who will give me no sympathy haaha). Anyway, time to stop rambling about skin art and look for some more swallow images...



  1. I'm making decisions on my tattoos too, I can't wait x

  2. I like the second one. i'd love one but wouldnt be able to bare the pain.

    Helen, X