Okay, I'll admit it. I haven't actually searched intesely for 10 years for a new tattoo. But I knew from the second I got my last tattoo, that I wanted more. Not only because it makes me feel great and in my opinion looks great, but also because I love how you add a mark forever to your body. A mark that (no matter what happens in life) represented something valuable for you when you got it done - a slize of encapsulated history. I think that's a rare value these days, where speed and changeability dominates everything.
So, what motive did I pick and why?
Since the last time I was under the needle, I have been wanting a tattoo that not only looked great, but also meant something to me. I have had many ideas through the years but never followed up on any of them, until my grandmother got acutely ill of cancer. I lived with my grandmother from I was 12 years old and she practically raised me. She was the closest I had to a mother, so seeing her in that condition was very tough, made me reconsider the way I lived my life and put things into perspective.
I remember driving home from the hospital a late night thinking how great an inspiration she was to me and that I had never known anybody like her. How would I be able to continue in life as a whole and happy man without her? I decided that if I tried to follow her foot steps in life, I would keep her memory close to me and hopefully become as great a man as she was a woman.
I wanted to encapsule this meaning in a tattoo that made sense to me, and the thought of a compass popped into my head.
Being from Denmark where you are always close to the shore and we have a long and proud tradition as sailors, a compass seemed like the most natural way to symbolize something about finding direction. So that's what I decided to go with. Not meaning that I am lost or searching for something better, but that I have found the north star and remind myself of the footsteps I should be following. The ones where you appreciate family and friends over everything and are kind to everyone you meet on your way, no matter who they are and where they come from. The ones where you appreciate the small things in life and make the most of it. And the ones where you live your life to the fullest and follow your dreams (with your loved ones on your side).
As you know by now, this is a tattoo that means a lot to me. So I obviously wanted to get it done by someone I trust and know would help me realize my idea in the best possible way. That's why I gave the Danish tattoo artist Sigrid Benedikte a call. She is an outstanding fineline tattoo artist with a very unique style that I love. Besides that, also a very nice person! :)
Luckily for me, she was immediately on board and opened up her arms and cozy studio for me:
It's been a little over two weeks now since I had it done and I couldn't be happier with the result. It has healed up nicely and the amount of details Sigrid has managed to get in such a small space is unbelieveable. I love how it looks, classic - with a personal twist. Just like my grandmother <3
Thank you Sigrid! This definitely won't be the last time I'll visit you :) And thank you to my beloved wife, for always being so supportive and for making this day a great memory of ours for ever and always <3
Do you have any tattoos? Or dream of having one? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below.