24. Get a tattoo [30 Before 30]

I know I've always wanted a tattoo; I just couldn't decide where it would go or what it should be. I've come up with a few ideas over the years but none really excited me and I kept them on the back burner. After stumbling across this thigh tattoo (below) on Tumblr a few years back, I knew that the location had to be on my thigh. My legs have always been my favorite part of my body and a beautiful tattoo just seemed to be the perfect way to highlight them.

Which, obviously, led me to begin researching thigh tattoos. I quickly realized I loved the colorless flower motif commonly found in the thigh art world and soon amassed a ridiculously large collection of portraits as I began brainstorming what I wanted to obtain.

And so I have begun working on my piece. This one is my second (the first is a the word "love" in Arabic which I got done mainly to test my pain tolerance) and my crowning masterpiece. What I've found most difficult is finding a good tattoo artist to work collaboratively with to bring my idea into fruition. The one I used in DC was a bit lackluster so I may have to branch out to an NYC artist. The first attempt is decent but I want one open-faced flowers, a bit more leaves and other smaller accents, and more dark, contrasting tones. I want something a bit more amorphous that is reminiscent of ...sprouting. But, I'm trying to be mindful of just how far down it goes because I need to be able to go to church without alarming the saints.

The goal is to have it completed by October. Stay tuned for updates!

to read the full bucket list, click here.


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