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I Want to Share the Stories Behind My Tattoos

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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, 2014

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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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    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 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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    "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, 2014

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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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    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 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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    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, 2014

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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, 2014

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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, 2014

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    Because diamonds are forever,

    and so are tattoos
    marnssss marnssss 18-21, F Apr 26, 2014

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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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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, 2014

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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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    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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    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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    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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    tattoos are for life i got a tattoo on my arm and they are for life
    VioletSalmon VioletSalmon 18-21, F 2 days ago

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    I have one on my foot. I want another but am not sure where to get it yet. I want to be able to cover it up if need be but show it off too.
    tellmeyourstory tellmeyourstory 22-25, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    I'm a huge geek and I can't wait to get more geeky ink. However I struggle with placement and the exactly what I want. I know I want a Tolkien tattoo, and a Shakespeare quote and...
    GeekGirl92 GeekGirl92 22-25, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    They become addictive. I have two larger ones that are absolutely gorgeous on my thigh and my wrist
    Etherealrose Etherealrose 18-21, F 1 Response 1 day ago

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    Never really admired them and it doesn't matter to me if you have one or not, but recently I've been wanting one because I want to make a dumb decision and regret it because for 18...
    bexk bexk 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 11

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    I'd love to meet some people! I haven't made any friends on here in a while and would love to chat. People seem to chat for a bit then disappear. I'd like to actually make some...
    JustDevy JustDevy 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 5

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    Pm me and we can share stories
    Irubfeet Irubfeet 18-21, M 6 days ago

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    I want to be wild and live my life for nothing but the experiences. If only for a short time. I want to run, travel somewhere, sleep on the ground, find a way to get by. I don't...
    Emilyyyyy Emilyyyyy 18-21 1 day ago

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    The other day I was at the mall with my friend. And we stopped to get something to eat. So, while we were sitting and eating she said we should go get a tattoo together. (SN: She's...
    CaribbeanEmpress CaribbeanEmpress 18-21, F 1 Response 1 hr ago

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    I was played by the two that I trusted,- 1 woman - 1 man - conspiring behind my back, I deleted/blocked the both of them and for all practical reasons ... it wont happen again. I...
    justjim2u justjim2u 51-55, M 3 hrs ago

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    I like tattoos. I feel like they are an expression of who you are and what makes you, you. For me tattoos have to be really thought out. Because the pain of removing a tattoo is...
    foreverrebel87 foreverrebel87 26-30, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I need to vent and at the same time formulate an open letter to admins of EP as all the members here. It is now or never. EP is falling apart. I happen to know you had warnings...
    TheOneYouDontWantToKnow TheOneYouDontWantToKnow 41-45, F 6 Responses Mar 12

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    Someone ask me about my scarf, so... Chile, since the 70 Is on times of changes, very hard changes, on the last years the youth (my generation) has Been fighting for a better...
    Mysorrow Mysorrow 18-21, M 2 hrs ago

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    It's really funny to see that when a guy says "Ask me anything" there's hardly even one response to it. However, if a girl does the same, she gets nuked with questions. Come one...
    Confusedguy6585 Confusedguy6585 26-30, M 3 hrs ago

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    An article I wrote. Currently, pit bulls all over the world are being accused of violence against humans. There have been many documented incidents of pit bulls attacking humans...
    BlueGirl666 BlueGirl666 13-15, F 2 hrs ago

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    I've got two tattoos, they were both "graduation" presents for two life lessons. I'm due for my third, I know what I want, a dragon wrapped around my all seeing butterfly. as with...
    bkgw25 bkgw25 31-35, F 3 Responses Mar 15

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