I have 13 tattoos. Bet you had no idea, huh? Well, technically I have 12 because I have one that I’m getting removed/covered up. But it still currently exists on my body, so I guess it still counts. Still on the fence about whether I’m even going to post it here. Anyway. Sometimes I think that people think that the tattoos I get are weird or …interesting. But not interesting in the good way, interesting in the “that’s….in..teresting” way. And it’s not that I really care what anyone thinks, I just hate the judgement. And also, I like to talk about them, so here we go!
#1. Kerplunk Flower. This is right next to my right hip bone. It was my first tattoo and it is tiny and it delights me still. I got it with my bff (she got a rose over her kidney). It’s still one of the most memorable experiences we’ve ever had. We held hands while we got them and screeched when we got them done. We reminded each other how to take care of them and giggled a lot and talked about what we should get next. It was a good and fun bonding experience. And opened the door to the other 12 and the many more to come. I got it because I love Green Day, obviously. It’s sort of hard to explain all the “whys” about loving them. I could have a single blog just about that. I could probably have eight blogs about; one for each album. But I won’t bore you. Bottom line: ❤ GD. So tattoo #1.
Matchbox 20. Tattoo #2. This is on my outside right ankle. I got this tattoo with bff about a year (ish?) after kerplunk flower (she got her kid’s name on her inner ankle). We still held hands and screeched after this tattoo. We haven’t gotten any more together though(yet, I’m working on the peer pressure). But I love that we have these two memories together <3. Anyway, I have the same high level love feelings for matchbox 20/twenty (THERE IS A DIFFERENCE AND I KNOW IT AND MY MOM KNOWS IT SO SHUT UP!! There is also a difference between Rob Thomas and Matchbox. Don’t judge my extreme obsession. Haha!) So, not only do I love, love my matchbox, but also, it’s something I share with my Mom. We have been to SO MANY shows and sang (sung?) at the top of our lungs to them in the car on road trips. In fact, I’m pretty mad that there is no new record in 2012 yet. *waits impatiently, while she continues to follow their tweets in extreme anticipation.*
#3 is Brittany the Chippette from Alvin and the Chipmunks. She is my namesake, and therefore my favorite cartoon character. I changed her hair and eye color to match mine because, you know, I’m just that vain. I would say that this was the beginning of my love for pop culture. From the womb. When you’re named after a TV character, it’s just sort of bred into you. And I love it. She is on the inside of my left calf.
I’m having a hard time remembering what order tattoo’s #4 and #5 came in. I think #4 was the Heart Hand Grenade. More Green Day love. Although, I did reverse the colors of it. It is on my left hip bone. I intend to get an entire half sleeve dedicated to American Idiot because I think it is amazing. I should clarify that I mean American Idiot the album not American Idiot the play. While they are pretty much the same, there are songs from two different albums in the play. I just want AI. I considered doing a 21st Century Breakdown half sleeve on the other arm, but we’ll see. Anyway (I’m getting so rambly) here is my “and she’s holding on my heart like a hand grenade”:
#5 is my II. Gemini. Because it is literally who I am. I am sometimes very hyper and cheerful and compulsive. Other times I just want to watch movies and take a couch nap. Mostly, I’m number 1 in the spring and summer. Snow and cold makes me emo. And also it has stars. Because I am mostly a star. At least in my own mind. Don’t judge my fantasies. Gemini is on my left shoulder blade.
#6 Jane Jetson! Only she is wearing purple and the bottom of her skirt says “MB20” and she has black hair. Because my mom’s name is Jane and OBV she needs to match. I have this because my mom is my BFF and I like to get tattoos about things I love. Jane Jetson is on the outside of my left calf. The goal is to get Jerry the mouse on the back of my calf for my dad (with a cigarette, a broncos jersey and a mustache, duh), and Brother Bear from the Bernstein Bears (there are no cartoon Brett’s that I can find) with a slayer shirt and a Rockies hat on my shin (OW OMG). Maybe some light colored jeans w a hole, also. HAHAH! AND THEN once THOSE are done, our last name and RULES, like O’Doyle RULES, only my maiden last name. Probably in some cartoon font.
#7. OMG, this is all a little muddy. Hah I can’t remember the order at all! I guess #7 is probably the shitty pin up I have on my right thigh. It is black outlined and black in lined and terrible and I really, really triple hate it times infinity. Bad judgment call on my part. I’ll just show you what it was SUPPOSED to look like.
#8. I believe this is my right side rib tattoo. It is an oxygen symbol with the words “I don’t want to breathe without you” around it. These are lyrics from a New Found Glory song called Oxygen, hmm imagine that. I don’t know what gave me the idea for the oxygen atom. I just like it. I don’t really care about biology or chemistry or anything that has to do with atoms; it’s just the way I saw it in my head. This is partially a tattoo for husband. I had the idea a long time before we were together for a long time, but I had no reason to really get it, aside from loving the song. So, I got it with him by my side. And it hurt. A lot. But I’d get something on my other ribs. It is worth it.
#9 is Dr. Hugo (not really his name, but he doesn’t have a name in the episode) from the episode of the Twilight Zone called “Eye of the Beholder.” Wiki it. Bask in the amazing similarities. Anyway, I got this to start a thigh piece to cover up shitty number 7. It’s going to be a Twilight Zone collage. I have it all envisioned in my head. But I have to get shitty pin up removed before I can go any further on it. There will be a Maple Street sign, a hitch-hiker, a slot machine, a genie coming out of a bottle, a mystic seer, a living mannequin, a dummy in a cracked mirror and a lot of other stuff. Oh, also a Kannimut. It’s going to be amazing. Unfortunately the stupid laser removal guy in town is never there when I call or drive by. I knew I didn’t trust to do it in town. Working on finding a place in Ft. Collins.
#10 is on my feet. My left foot says “Melodramatic fool” and my right foot says “neurotic to the bone.” That’s just about me to a T. I’m a little crazy and neurotic and I make a big deal out of things that aren’t that big of a deal. Melodramatic. Also, obviously, Basketcase lyrics by Green Day. The foot tattoos hurt a lot. Even though it only took about 12 minutes to even do both of them, I doubt I’ll ever get another foot tattoo. Unless someday I meet Green Day and they happen to sign my feet with sharpie. Then, and only then, will I get another foot tattoo. I would also get the little Basketcase character from the liner notes of Dookie in that case. Because symmetry is my friend.
#11 is on the back of my right calf. It is a mermaid with palm trees, the ocean and a banner and it says “San Diego” in the banner. I just love it so much. I got it IN San Diego, which makes it about 70000 times more exciting. Lover and I had talked about maybe getting tattoos when we went on vacation, but we just kicked the idea around, nothing was set in stone. So one day, we were walking around San Diego and we walk by this shop. The Sailor’s Grave. Obviously we coudn’t NOT go in! So we go in and talk with them and tell them we are from out of town and we want some sweet SD tattoos. They basically offered us the best deals of all time and so we went back later and got them done. I picked the mermaid because I love mermaids and I love the ocean and I love palm trees. She was originally not wearing a bra. I added it because I felt weird having a naked lady on my leg. haha. *is a prude.* I also love that it is all old school looking and HUGE. I wasn’t expecting it to be that big. The guy that did it was so awesome and nice. That is by far my favorite vacation that Husband and I have been on so far. I was BORN to be at the beach. And I will be there one day. <3.
#12. FLUX CAPACITOR, OMG!!!! This might actually be my (current) favorite tattoo. The flux GLOWS you guys!!! OMG! This is on my right shoulder blade. I have wanted a flux since I started getting tattoos, but I had to wait for someone as nerdy as me to tattoo it. BFF’s husband was the perfect candidate! Back to the Future is in my top 3 favorite movies of all time (I count all 3 as one in the countdown). Only problem is that, even if I’m going at 88 mphs, it doesn’t work yet. Need a bolt of lightning. Also there isn’t really a week that goes by where my Brother and I don’t make at LEAST one bttf reference. 1.21 Gigawatts! If you haven’t seen bttf, you are missing out. Like times triple infinity.
#13. Who Wrote Holden Caulfield. My white ink tattoo. It’s on my inner right forearm. It says “people never notice anything. HC” Which is not only a hilarious pun, but one of my favorite lines in the book. It was between this and “people always think something’s all true.” But I couldn’t resist the PUN!!! Anyway, I am in LOVE with HC. He’s my literary boyfriend. Because he’s neurotic and cynical, like me. I am going to some day get “I<3HC” like the “I<3NY” how it looks like a square, you know? But the ❤ is going to be a red hunting hat, like in the book. Perhaps when we go to New York someday, this will be my NYC tattoo.
I’m getting #14 next weekend. It’s going to be an anatomical heart with a puzzle piece missing. Husband is going to get the puzzle piece. Cheesy, huh? I triple love it and can’t WAIT! I got the drawing yesterday and it’s going to be amazing. GAH!
I LOVE getting tattoos and talking about tattoos and having ideas for tattoos. I have so many I want!!! I want to get a Las Vegas one next time we go to there. I want to get a Simpsons one and the American Idiot half sleeve. I want to get “hope” on my thigh right under where my pocket would be. As in “reach down your hand in your pocket and pull out some hope for me.” I want to get a map of the US and color in each state as I visit it. I want to finish my Family tattoo and my Twilight Zone one. I want to get a chest tattoo but I am terrified about how much that will hurt. I want to COVER my thighs because I hate them. I want to get one right below my boobs. Like where my ribcage ends? I don’t know the technical term. I want ALL THE THINGS. I just think it’s an amazing art form.
Now, tell me about your current/future tattoos!!!!