I’ve been wanting just a simple little flower on my foot. Nothing that fancy really…just cute and simple. But I still wasn’t completely sure where God stood on the whole tattoo thing so I wasn’t really making any specific plans. Then several months ago on the way to work I felt like God just popped this picture in my head of what it was supposed to look like- and it wasn’t just a flower with swirlies…but it actually said the word Truth. (I honestly can’t remember if this came before or after all my Truth posts...but I think after) The picture was so clear…and it really threw me off...cause I hadn't thought about tattoos in a while. I also felt like God was saying I should do it soon. So I’m pondering this whole thing in my head as I walked into work and turned on my computer. I eventually made it over to twitter…and there was a message waiting for me from one of the many Sarah’s in my life. She told me that the first 50 people who followed her tattoo shop would get a free $50 tattoo! The whole thing completely freaked me out…since I already had ink on the brain that morning. So of course I immediately followed them. And so did several of my other friends…who will remain nameless. (they can out themselves)…but my sister and bff were among them.
Once the reality sunk in...I started really thinking about it. I knew I wanted several elements to it. Not just the word Truth. And I didn’t want all the symbols obvious…but very subtle. (they are actually a little more obvious than I had originally planned…but I’m ok with it) So I went to another friend Sarah who is an amazing artist…and told her what I wanted, but that I wasn’t sure how to fit everything in…and she started drawing things up for me. I was SOOO worried that I could put her over the edge at any moment cause I kept changing things over and over and over. But she was fantastic…and listened to everything I said. I would keep the pictures on my desk in front of my computer so I could stare at them all day and think about how I’d feel if it was forever on my foot.
I love the final product. Love love love. The tattoo says Truth, very plainly. It also says Spirit. (not in order-cause I didn’t need it obvious) I wanted both words because of John 4 where it talks about worshiping God in Spirit and in Truth. There’s also a sword and a tiara…(cause those are part of my core identity in God) and a moon (God created it cause He loves me, so it's my most favorite thing in the universe )…and 5 flower petals…cause the number 5 represents Grace…and I’m going to go back and change the blue to a deeper sapphire color…cause sapphire reminds me of the Throne Room of God. (there’s actually a story to the flower…I’ll tell that later)
So there you have it. Pretty much everything I’d ever want…rolled into one tattoo. Cause no, I’m not going to be addicted and get more. (already done prayed through that) ;-)
Here’s some of the drafts…
(these don't have Spirit in it)
(these don't have Spirit in it)
Here’s the almost final one (the tattoo artist actually moved the tiara for me cause it was still a little too obvious)
And here it is on my foot… (right after it was done...)