Let’s have a sneak peak at my back tattoo, that is normally covered up. As you can see on the picture below, it’s based on my upper-back, at the centre.
I chose to have the tattoo done in that spot as my back isn’t normally exposed and it has a lot of sentimental behind it. So I thought that this placement isn’t to obvious, so it is primarily just for me to know it’s there. People are usually shocked as they forget that I have this tattoo as it’s quite big and striking, but it isn’t in an obvious place. This was my second tattoo, and I got it in December 2012 (I was eighteen).
How long did it take, you ask? I had it took around an hour and forty-five minutes and I only had a five minute break half way through so I could have a drink of lucozade and a bit of chocolate to get my blood sugar up. If you’ve never had a tattoo before, they make you feel faint so you need sugary things before/after/during the tattooing process. I got it done at Talisman Tattoo Studio by Big G in York, England. I love this place, I’ve had four out of my five tattoos done there.
So let’s dig into the meaning behind this tattoo.
When I was younger I was very close to my nana and grandad. They looked after me when I was younger while my parents were at work and when I grew up I spent lots of time at their house. They were my rock. Through my mum and dad divorcing and arguing, they ignored the views of their son (my dad) and supported my wants and decisions. They kept me sane through difficult times. My nana used to sit me on her lap and wrap her dressing-gown around us both when I was small, and she used to sing this song to me, ‘You are my sunshine’. Grandad used to join in and sing it along with us. Growing up, I always associated this song with happy memories and spending time with them both.
Sadly, my nana passed away when I was twelve. The passing broke my heart. I her passing was one of the things that triggered by depression. When I was seventeen my grandad then passed away.
I related the song lyrics to them both,
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy, when skies are grey. You’ll never know dear, how much I love you. Please don’t take my sunshine away.
Those are the main lyrics I’ve got on my back, as I don’t think my grandparents ever knew how much I did love and care about them, and them passing was the worse possible thing to happen to me.
The song develops with the lyrics
The other night dear, when I lay sleeping. I dreamt I held you in my arms. But when I woke dear, I was mistaken. So I hung, my head and I cried.
I eventually want that verse adding to the tattoo, as I often dream of visiting them in their old house, and just having a cup of tea and a chat. Those dreams are amazing and feel so real. When I wake up it upsets me, but then I like to think that is my nana and grandad visiting me at times when I desperately need them. So I know that they are still with me.
Thank you for taking your time to read this post. The tattoo is very meaningful for me. The song is below for those of you who haven’t heard it before. It is a lovely song to sing to people to cheer them up. ❤
PS. Talisman Tattoo Studio is great for piercings too. Here is their google page and their facebook page for those of you who have an account;
Much love, SM xoxo