I always wanted to get a tattoo, but I wasn’t interested in any of the tattoos that people typically get. All of the tattoos of animals, random symbols, and people’s names just looked so tacky to me, and people usually get them in the worst places too. If I was going to get something permanent put on my body, I rather it at least look good. I wanted something simple that would also let me celebrate my Asian heritage. A friend suggested that I look at some Tibetan tattoo designs, as they’re a more elegant option for people wanting a tattoo.
I was pretty impressed by the Tibetan tattoos and just had to have one. Any phrase can be turned into a beautiful Tibetan tattoo with calligraphy writing, even the most upsetting statements, and it will still look good. I thought about a good phrase that I could use for my Tattoo, and decided to go with an old Chinese saying. It was a short one, but it was a wise one that has been passed down for many years, and only someone know has heard the saying before will really understand what it means.
I gave my design to the tattoo artist and prepared for a dance with the needle. I was expecting pain, but I was given a lot more than I imagined. The needle constantly pricking my arm was one of the worst things I had ever felt, and it probably wasn’t even the worst pain that I would feel in my lifetime. I was able to take it, but I didn’t like it. I was glad that it was over, and I looked at my beautiful tattoo. I had to put some ointment on the tattoo to ensure that it wouldn’t get infected while it healed and became permanent.