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I Want to Share the Stories Behind My Tattoos

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    I'm Not The Ugly Duckling Anymore.

    I have a swan swimming on the base of my back, on the right side (slightly). It's to represent the ending of the ugly duckling story. Throughout my whole life I've been bullied about the way I looked, heck. A past boyfriend even nicknamed me "the ugly duckling". (Lovely I know...
    KeepTheFaith26 KeepTheFaith26 18-21, F 1 Response Jul 23, 2012

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    On my ribs, it means "she flys with her own

    wings" in Latin. Ive been through a lot in my short life and being independent is what has helped me through it
    marnssss marnssss 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 26

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    My Butterfly

    i got it for a few reasons 1 cause i went to the doc and they told me i had hpv, which was like 2 stages before cervical cancer, luckily it went away, well for now theres gonna be lots of tests and stuff so i got it just for a reminder to stay healthy and for hope,another reson...
    bnana666 bnana666 18-21 May 29, 2013

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    My Ink Speaks

    Everyone of my tattoos tells a story. I was always told that if a tattoo couldn't be explained in 30 seconds or less, you shouldn't get the tattoo. I have 9 tattoos and I can explain all of them together in less than 30 seconds. On my hands, I have a Magic the Gathering symbol by...
    SoulFeast SoulFeast 18-21, F Dec 19, 2012

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    Immortality

    The story behind my Kanji tattoo down my upper left arm, when I was younger I was told that I have problems with my heart which will one day cause my life to end. I was 18 at the time and had always wanted a tattoo but wasn't sure what to get and I didn't want just some random...
    sillywabbit00 sillywabbit00 26-30, M Mar 18, 2013

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    My Tattoos And Each One's Meaning.

    I got my first tattoo 4 days before I turned 18. It's an octopus on my back. My favorite creature. That night, this guy used me for sex. Pretended that he really liked me. And managed to weasel his way into my pants. So, that tattoo symbolizes "Be strong. You are you. Don't let...
    MallaryNicole MallaryNicole 18-21, F Aug 8, 2012

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    Dedicated to one of my dear friends

    that passed away from cancer last year.. He had a foundation called V-strong, his name was Virgil (vstrong).. Everyone would always write strong on their index finger during his events .. The index finger his dotted out cause its a middle finger to cancer.. It says lives on...
    marnssss marnssss 18-21, F 4 Responses Apr 26

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    My Tattoo Means A Lot To Me.

    I got my first tattoo last month on December 14th for an early Christmas present from my mother. It's a simple, plain, black cross on the back of my neck. Although it's not much, it means a lot. I've been a Christian for 4 years. And I've had many struggles since, but God has...
    marionrose marionrose 16-17, F Jan 16, 2013

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    My Very First Tattoo

    I have been wanting a tattoo for years but I have been waiting for something that has a lot of meaning to me. Well two months ago it happened, my mum committed suicide, and I found the body days later, and had to deal with police, ambulance, undertaker plus the horrible job of...
    fishnetglo fishnetglo 22-25, F Sep 12, 2012

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    Front of my tattoo,, henna styled

    because i just love how it looks, no specific meaning but as long as you love your tats that doesnt matter :)
    marnssss marnssss 18-21, F Apr 26

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    Yes I Put How I Feel And What They Do For Me

    yes i wear a dream catcher with wolf paw tracks and it is parted of me. and then a guy that know long time go got one on his arm and then on mine . But never got them put together . But we both moved on and I wanted my cover up and working on that some day But that is how I...
    ladywolf123 ladywolf123 51-55, F May 27, 2012

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    Because diamonds are forever,

    and so are tattoos
    marnssss marnssss 18-21, F Apr 26

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    "My life... Not yours" i got this one done

    because when i was younger i always hung out with the older crowds, they would try to control the things i did even if what they did was much worse.. I do everything for myself and noone will ever tell me otherwise
    marnssss marnssss 18-21, F Apr 26

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    Inner arm, work in progress to finish my sleeve

    so far its like almost fully half.. That bunny is my tattoo artists signature.. They call him mr bunny! Look him up on instagram : @rabbits999
    marnssss marnssss 18-21, F Apr 26

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    My Magpie

    Magpies are not known for their intelligence but they are wonderful at surviving and adapting. Many people see my tattoo and ask what it is. When I tell them, they look at me like am crazy to want such a low intelligence animal tattooed on me. For me, I do not care what people...
    soldiersgirl1 soldiersgirl1 22-25, F Feb 28, 2013

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    My Tattoo Has Meaning

    I'm transgender,I've been dressing as female for over 20 years.Finially 10 years ago I started hormone treatments.the symble on my ankle(my profile pic) is the symble of transgender.
    genie01 genie01 56-60, T Jul 21, 2012

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    My Tats

    I have two tats and they both mean something that will never change. My daughter that passed from cancer and my U S Navy service. I would advise anyone to not get a tottoo that is of a relationship that could change.
    iamdavid iamdavid 66-70, M Jan 10, 2013

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    I'm A Phoenix

    I have a phoenix tattooed on my back. Since I was 13, I always been very depressed and anxious. I was bullied everyday of every year of school. I was mentally, physicaly and verbaly bullied. As a result, I started cutting and hating myself. I tried to commit suicide a 14 but the...
    symbule symbule 22-25, F 1 Response May 8, 2012

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    My Tattoos

    My first tattoo is on my left arm, midway between my shoulder and elbow.  It says "Lifly" which is my last name.  I got it because to me, my family is very important, and it makes me feel a deeper connection to my ancestors. (I also LOVE learning about peoples last names...don...
    Pebbles1982 Pebbles1982 26-30, F Jun 17, 2012

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    Tatt Is Self Explanatory.

    I Am Intrigued By Scorpions, Some Say I'm A Freak. Just A Normal Everyday Stereotype. Some People Come Up And Comment On It Too, Which Is Fine By Me. If There Are Any Astrology Lover's In Our Midst, Then I'm Sure You Know What Month I Speak Of. I Guess This Day And Age...
    Miseree Miseree 36-40, M Jan 4, 2010

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    My Tattoos And Me.

    I have 8 tattoos as of now. I'm 22 and many people say 'omg you are so young, dont you worry what they will look like when you are 40???' What they dont see is what they mean to me. They all feel that i'm just another sheep in the heard getting tattooed because others are.I guess...
    DcreativeBUG DcreativeBUG 22-25 2 Responses May 19, 2012

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    It's About Time.

    I wanna get this out there because I realize my tattoos probably don't make sense to people if they don't have the stories behind them. And I'm damned sick of explaining it over and over and over. :D To start out... My first. Started out as just the 'bat' and I added...
    JigsawLo JigsawLo 22-25, F Feb 15, 2010

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    The Girl With The Jellyfish Tattoo

    On my right shoulder blade I have two Australian Spotted jellies tattooed and they mean so much to me. I was at the zoo late one night when I walked past the jellyfish tanks, i saw this tiny little brown one on the floor desperately trying to get up but it just couldn't. Every...
    AuroraMariah AuroraMariah 18-21 Jan 16, 2013

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    My Siblings And Future Tattoos...

    My biological mother had 1 miscariage before giving birth to me and my brother. But after having us she had 3 kids who ended up passing away. Victor, Dean, and Rachael. they were born 3-4 months premature. Victor lasted about 1 month, dean about 5 minutes, and Rachael 15 minutes...
    tig1991 tig1991 22-25, F Mar 24, 2013

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    4 Tatt'S

    I have 4. The first one is a blue rose I got somewhere in my 20's. My 2nd and 3rd tatt's are of my boys feet prints from birth. My first son was born 2 months prematurely and we came 6 hours to him being a stillborn. He's our angel. So I have both of my boys with me where ever I...
    SexyRed33 SexyRed33 31-35, F 1 Response Jun 19, 2013

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    I have a hello kitty skull on my inner left

    wrist.. Some people don't like it but i got it when i was 14 years old.. Ive always loved hello kitty and skulls so by integrating them it symbolizes my good nd bad side, my girly side nd my tomboy side
    marnssss marnssss 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 26

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    My Tattoo

    I have a heart with a rebel flag in it with ribbons that flow out of the sides. I know that upon seeing it people assume that it is racist but to me it's about my heritage and where I came from. I come from the south and to me it's about my ancestors and what they fought for...
    KScarlett KScarlett 36-40, F Jul 22, 2013

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    Screaming For Attention?

    How desperate is the human race for true l-o-v-e, ACCEPTANCE, ATTENTION and forgiveness. Many do not believe in God, yet I see proof all over the planet of a deeper spiritual hunger and need and desperation to fit in and "feel like I'm a part"., which so many are trying to suck...
    whatisloneliness whatisloneliness 41-45, M 2 Responses Nov 8, 2012

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    This is really nerdy but I love wrighting fan fiction. I would love to have someone to share stories with or write with. I love romance mystery and horror. Also and huge batman...
    sphinx24 sphinx24 18-21, F Nov 11

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    When I was in elementary school, I had my first penpal but we live in the same country. And now I have three penpals from other countries; China, Germany, and USA. We only exchange...
    tinypoop tinypoop 16-17, F 2 Responses Oct 29

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    Tattoos are an art, but many people forget that the placement of a tattoo is part of the art. Random ink in random locations is ugly, however a well placed tattoo on a women can...
    scatterbrain7 scatterbrain7 36-40, M 53 mins ago

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    I grew up in a household where diversity is highly accepted. Different races, different culture, sexualities, ways of expression i.e. Tattoos, piercings and so on. My father has...
    Lexx42 Lexx42 18-21, F 1 Response a week ago

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    I got my first tattoo 30 years ago, when I was 20. I got tattoos from the time I was 20-29, and one or two in my 40s. I stopped because I was pregnant with my first kid. I have two...
    tattedmomma tattedmomma 46-50, F 1 day ago

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    I love tattoos! I love art and tattoos are so interesting, especially when there's a story behind them. I want to get a few myself! Haha
    brimc7 brimc7 16-17, F Nov 9

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    I met my bf today after a gap of 2 weeks.. I love it when he hugs me from behind.. I love every single second when I'm with him <3
    amazingmoment90 amazingmoment90 18-21, F 1 Response 2 hrs ago

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    So many times I have opened up Google and searched things like 'is it normal to want to be somebody else' and 'am I mentally ill because I try to be another person'. I often...
    Plm193 Plm193 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 30

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    MY STORY: Oh, gee, where to start. I have had a good, godly life soon to be surpassing 15 years. God is the creator of the universe, and every single thing in it; God is eternal...
    adventurernumber1 adventurernumber1 13-15, M Nov 1

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    I'm 37, and I just started getting tattoos the summer of 2014. I am a stay at home mom, and I have two kids, son is 6 and daughter is 10. They all started when I had a lunch date...
    xxbucksxx xxbucksxx 36-40, F 8 Responses Nov 7

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    I love my tattoos from my foot to ankle locket, shoulder tattoo , behind my ear tattoo, rosary in my palm going around my lower arm and my finger tattoo.
    Sw33tBrownSugar Sw33tBrownSugar 26-30, F 4 days ago

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    My third anniversary on EP was in August 2014. I am a bit behind. You know how life keeps you busy. So it is time for me to share what I have learned in this past year. I hope you...
    PoetryNEmotion PoetryNEmotion 51-55, F 10 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    I REALLY LOVE tattoos and piercing but I have none of my own. It's because of my skin. It's no fair. I'm so attracted to white guys with piercing and tattoos. I want a guy with...
    Avionne Avionne 13-15, F 4 days ago

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    To my other half: What I hate about you ( What hurts me): 1. I didn't see you laugh (anymore) everytime you are with me. I really wat to see you smile/happy/less serious when we...
    crimoholic24 crimoholic24 22-25, F 6 Responses 2 days ago

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    If you have tattoos that aren't hidden under your clothes, those would be the first thing I'd notice about you. I'll memorize the tattoos but I'll have to try my best to remember...
    hecknope hecknope 16-17, F 1 Response Nov 8

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    I still haven't been on EP very long, but I have shared a lot of my life story. Today, I would like to share it all. I've been wanting to do this for awhile now, but it's never...
    ThisIsJustForFun ThisIsJustForFun 13-15, F Nov 12

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    I currently have nine, all on my arms; four on my left, five on my right. I've been wanting to do full sleeves, but I can't quite think of a way to connect the various images at...
    Nightfrost Nightfrost 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 1

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    Tattoos are cool. I want a tattoo only 1 thou. People with tattoo are hot. It's not so hot if you got tattoos all over your body
    lorrena19 lorrena19 18-21, F Nov 9

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    1. I have a 3 month old little girl 2. I have a fiance 3. I'm getting married next fall 5. I love animals 6. I love cooking 7. I love the T.V. series Dexter 8. I smoke weed...
    adriana1722 adriana1722 18-21, F Nov 14

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    Not that I have any personal experience with this, but I see a lot of complaints that stories are being rejected or removed for no apparent reason. Of course this is pretty...
    Uncertain153 Uncertain153 26-30, M 6 Responses Nov 18

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    After listening to the song about 1,000 times, I think I have found the messages behind this song. One of them is that you should always be yourself. One of the verses says "You...