But, in all seriousness, sometimes folks will ask me about my tattoos. What do they mean? When did I get them? Do I regret them? Will I get more? First, let me show you my tattoos. Spoiler, I really only have two (sort of three depending on how you look at it).
These are my first tattoos. I got them at the same time, so I think of them as one tattoo, but I guess it's technically two. I got these right around my 22nd birthday. I had just moved to LA to pursue acting, and I had recently gone through a pretty heartbreaking (for me) breakup.
I remember I actually wanted to get these done in white ink, but the tattoo artist said that would look really bad (honest much?!). So, he talked me into black. I figured, he does this all the time, so he probably knows if white ink would look bad for this particular tattoo. Whatever.
So, what is the deep meaning behind the words "Love Love" on my wrists? It's my dog's name. Yep. I have my pug's name tattooed on my wrists. Obviously, it's sort of open-ended too. I mean, if my dog's name had been Mr. Sparkles, I probably would not have tattooed his name on my wrists. :)
Sometimes people ask about the font. It's not a font, it's my sister's handwriting. I actually took it off her Myspace page because I didn't want to bother her with writing it for me.
Do I regret these? Nope. I think I like them even more today than when I got them. (Is that disappointing? Would it be more interesting if I hated them now?)
And here is my other tattoo. It's quite a bit larger and way more colorful. It is (obviously) an electric hand mixer with the words "Red Velvet" on a banner across the whole thing. I got this one around my 25th birthday when SO much about my life had already changed! I had moved home (feeling like a real failure at first) to work with Elsie in her vintage shop and later here on the blog. I also started a small catering business that stocked our vintage shop with cupcakes, and I catered weddings on the weekends.
I had a feeling cooking was going to be a life-long passion, whether it was part of my day job or not. And "Red Velvet" was the name of our vintage shop at the time. It's actually still the name of our business. You likely think of us as "A Beautiful Mess" since that's the name of our blog, but our business's name is actually "Red Velvet Art LLC." Which, I sort of like that this part of our name turned out to be not as well known… makes my tattoo feel a little more like a secret. But for me, finding a new dream alongside my sister changed my life! It taught me more about who I am, what I'm good at, and what I love. I am much more confident than I used to be because of our business. So, no matter where life will take us from here, I don't think I'll ever regret this tattoo because it reminds me so much of all these things and that time in my life. Plus I think it's pretty. 🙂
My brother, Doren, and I were talking about our tattoos last week. He has a lot more than me and they're all SO cool. He has plans to get more in the near future, and he asked if I was thinking about getting more. I told him that I had been thinking about writing this post and it had made me reflect on both my tattoos, which I hadn't really done in a while. Truthfully, it's easy to forget about them once you're used to seeing them.
I told him, one thing I had realized that I hadn't really noticed before, was that I chose to get both of my tattoos during a time of big transition and, frankly, heart break in my life. Which is probably the WORST time to decide to get a tattoo! But, that's what I did. So, I am always thinking about getting another one (off and on), but part of me thinks that until I go through another time of transition in life, I may not.
Thanks for letting me share a little about my tattoos with you. If tattoos totally aren't your thing, I hope you skipped over this one! They certainly aren't for everyone, but these are mine and my story about them. 🙂 xo. Emma
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Janae Hardy. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.