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Welcoming July, my most favourite month!

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July is my most favourite month for one and only reason, it is my birthday month!

Another year has passed and July has come to greet us again. In a few days time or 7 days to be exact, my age will turn to its last 20s. Yes people, I turn 29 this Saturday! And I feel that this time around, I need to do something to make ‘turning 29’ a little bit special. Hence, I decided to do a little project and it’s to blog 7 days straight till my birthday arrives. It’s a little overreaching but I think I can manage. I shall call this little project of mine “7 Days Birthday Countdown 2018”. Cute, no? Lol!

In this “7 Days Birthday Countdown 2018” project, I will be sharing snippets of me so there will be 7 days worth of posts that are basically about me, me and my life. Please don’t be annoyed by that and who knows, you’ll get to know me better after this 7 days! To start things off, I would like to share with you this intimate information of mine that I think it’s time for people to know. Not many knew about this, not even my dad.

My Tattoo, it’s story time!

Me? I have tattoo? Yes, I do. In fact, it’s a long one and quite big too! As much as my tattoo is very personal to me, I’d like to share with you the story about it. Honestly, I’m proud of my tattoo and I love it. I’ve had it since 2015 and I got it from a tattoo artist named Gary Jones from Deadlights Tattoo. He is quite an eye candy and his looks actually distracted me from the pain but only for just a tiiiiiiiny bit.

Why did I get it?

The reason why I got this tattoo is probably silly; I’ve been wanting a tattoo since I myself couldn’t remember when. Yes, it has been that long. Probably in my early teenage years when Miami Ink first aired on TLC channel. I wanted it even more when Kat Von D was in Miami Ink. I love watching her, her tattoos and how she is in that show. I’ve been a fan of her and her masterpiece ever since.

Yes, the intention of wanting a tattoo was there but I was hesitant cos yes I was young and I grew up in a good Catholic family. So the thought of wanting a tattoo got suppressed because I know that my family especially my parents would never condone to this kind of, let me quote them ‘monstrosity’. But the urge is always there and then on one fine and beautiful night, I’ve decided that it’s now or never.

When?

It was when I got my 1st stable job and I have this one colleague of mine that I’m close to, Carmen. She has multiple tattoos on her and that got me pretty jealous, in a good way cos I love looking at her tattoos. Talking to her about tattoos, listening to her stories behind all of her tattoos spiked the urge of getting one for myself. So since I had a stable job and I am basically going to pay for my own tattoo, I decided to get my tattoo done and in total secrecy. Guess what, I did it in July too! It was in July 2015 that I finally have the balls to do it! I had to do it without my parents knowing about it but now my mom knows about it and that was another funny story that I will share in the future.

The Tattoo

It’s a bible verse and it’s my most favourite one. The verse is ‘God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.’- Psalm 46.5. What I like about the verse is that it is a straight forward one. Just by reading it, you’ll understand the meaning behind it immediately. The verse gives me an affirmation again and again that God is always in me and He will lift me up during any bad, hard times. I know that He will be there for me when I need Him.

This bible verse tattoo has actually helped me a lot in keeping myself strong and grounded, one of it is that the tattoo helped me little bit in getting over a bad break up. My mom reminded me that I have this powerful tattoo on me that I am strong and I will get over this sad chapter of my life.

It also boost my confidence in a way that I don’t mind showing my unflattering tummy. I love wearing crop tops so that my tattoos can have its own little ‘peep show’!

Some may say that you don’t need to get what so important you tattoed on you but for me, it is important that I have it on my cos let’s face it, there will be times that what matters to you slipped your mind. Tattoo helped to remind you that, that’s why I love it!

I absolutely love my tattoo and I never have any regrets on having it. My body is my temple and it is my way of making it beautiful in my eyes. All I can say about tattoos is each of them have their own stories. As for me, there will be more in the future! Planning to have 1 last tattoo but still contemplating on where and what to get.

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Fay

    YAY! Can’t wait for your birthday bebeh and can’t wait to read all the 7 posts too!

    16th July 2018 at 10:10 AM
    • Reply Jessica Justine

      Thank you bebeh! The posts will up every day for 7 days so please do visit daily for 7 days! I hope this momentum will stay! Lol!

      17th July 2018 at 10:11 AM
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  • Reply Connie

    Hi Jessica, that’s awesome, one blog post Everyday leading to your birthday. Very Creative! I’ll read every one of your post as much as you dedicated to writing them how about that? I too have a tatt I love that you got it when you were in your first job which is always a major milestone that signifies independence in life. One of the milestones anyway! Your mom’s pretty cool about your tatt! I have a tatt too, I got it in 2006 when I left singapore to go learn a course about teaching in Phuket, Thailand. So I naturally got it in Thailand. I remember considering a few options either a dirt cheap one at 1,000 baht at that time or 6,500 baht for the size of tatt that I wanted. I got it at 3,000 baht in the end at a respectable shop with a female tattoo artist. She did a fine job, it was on the back of my neck runnning down vertically (her Smart suggestion). It’s an ambigram that said, “Life” if you read it from left to right, and “Death” if you read it from right to left. The reason why I got that was because I had always want a tattoo just like you, and when I saw that tatt I had to have it. My Boyfriend at the time biked me for 2 hours to get it, and I was Glad that he waited those 3.5 hours before biking me back. There was a lot of blood and while it didn’t hurt during the work, it hurt like hell after the work was done! Being on a beautiful island and yet not being able to swim in the ocean for a beach was a bitch, but it peeled off beautifully one week later. I love my tattoo and love showing it off and seeing people react to it! My aunt innocently asked why and if I could wash it away with soap! http://www.sassy.mom

    18th July 2018 at 4:48 PM
    • Reply Jessica Justine

      Hi Connie!
      Wow, thank you so much for dropping by to my humble blog and share with me your amazing story on your tatt! It was nice of your boyfriend to be with you the whole ‘tattooing’ process. My ex back then was soooo opposed with me having a tattoo and he actually used it as one of his stupid reasons to break up with me!

      Do you have your tattoo story and the picture of your tattoo in any of your blog posts? Cos I’d LOVEEEEE to see your tattoo! Jess x

      18th July 2018 at 9:10 PM
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