Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)

Me=Tattoo Free


Every so often I mull over the idea of getting a tattoo. No roses, butterflies, or horrible tribal design for me. No, I know exactly what I would get and why.

Even with this certainty, it never fails that the second I start seriously considering the idea of getting inked, I have horrible nightmares of getting some huge monstrosity that cannot be removed. I wake up from these dreams and immediately swear off ever considering the idea again. Too permanent. Not for me.

Slowly the fears fade away and the idea comes back.

So what would I get if I did decide to go through with it?

A compass. A nautical or Mariner’s compass, to be exact.

"Tuvieron mucha mar y más que en todo el viaje habían tenido"Back tattooTattoo additionsArt Nouveau Styled Compass Rose

None of these are exactly what I would choose, but they are in the ballpark.

If I were SUPER daring, I might even add an excerpt from one of my favorite quotes by Tolkien, “Not all those who wander are lost.”

I love the design and how it would symbolize my passion for exploring the world and taking grand adventures, both in travels and life in general.

Alas, Vince doesn’t like tattoos and because I have such doubts, I am pretty sure I’ll never go under the needle, but it’s still fun to look at designs now and then!

For all you tattoo-free peeps, do you ever consider getting something done? If so, what?! For those of who do have them, do you ever regret it?


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9 thoughts on “Me=Tattoo Free

  1. I love the top image of the compass and thinks the quote “Not all those who wander are lost.” would go perfectly with it, im not tattooed myself as like you I have the same fears of it turning out wrong. Ive always been fascinated with Alice In Wonderland and would love a pocket watch and ‘Time can be funny in dreams’ near it being there’s so many different styles of pocket watches to choose and wanting it to not go wrong it’s so hard to choose!

    • Ohh! I love your watch and Alice quote idea! That definitely sounds meaningful to me. So many people just get random tattoos that don’t have any significant personal meaning to them. I will never understand that!

      • Me neither, it’s usually stars which are the most popular tattoo it seems! I know someone who has a rib tattoo of different fish, it just seems alien to me and like it should be on a bathroom wall and not her skin. It’s definitely something that should be planned and considered rather than diving straight into to.

  2. I do the same thing! I always think about it and go back and forth. I also know exactly what I would get: an om symbol on my left forearm (so specific, I know!)

    For me, the reasons that I won’t get a tattoo always outnumber the reasons that I want one: it’s expensive, it’ll hurt, my parents/grandparents won’t like it, etc. So I’m not sure that I’ll ever get one either.

    • I completely agree. I have FAR more reasons to not get a tattoo than to get one. What it really comes down to is the fact that I don’t like the permanence. Sure, they can be removed but who wants something burned off their skin with lasers? Plus they never fully get rid of it and why get something with the thought of eventually having it removed anyway. Yeah…not for me!

  3. I am in your same exact boat. I know what I would get but then I chicken out. You should do it though! You have great ideas!

  4. I have three tattoos- all of them representing travel- and I don’t regret any of them. I love that they’re symbols of who I am and what I love. I think if you ever get over the fear, you should do it!

  5. I actually have a compass rose tattoo (with a night sky in the center and a shooting star coming out) and 3 (eek!) others. I would share a photo but it just doesn’t look the same after two babies! Even though they don’t look the same now and aren’t really representative of who I am now…..I don’t regret getting them at all. They represent a time in my life and each one has a very personal meaning for me. I don’t know if I will ever feel the need to express myself with another tattoo but I do love what they remind me of.

    • A compass is definitely what I would get if I ever did decide to get something done. I totally agree that they have to be meaningful and represent the person. People who just go out and get something done on whim? CRAZY!

      Thanks for stopping by, Chelsea! I’ve spent the better part of the evening reading all your blog posts. Abu Dhabi. Wow!!

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