My newest tattoo; When I was born, I was born with half of a heart… basically, the way it’s explained to me is that all of the parts of a whole heart developed on top of each other, so it was only the size of half of a heart. I’m the only documented case of this ever. I also had severe kidney problems. Doctors told my parents that there was little to no chance I was going to live because I had too many health problems and while they could repair my kidneys through multiple kidney surgeries, they had zero idea how to even begin to develop a surgery to repair my heart. Then, a heart surgeon, from out of town, caught wind of what was going on and said he would be willing to try and develop a surgery to rebuild the other side of my heart with the excess I had on the one side. He, along with a ton of other doctors, sat down, developed a surgery, and went ahead with attempting it. They still told my parents though that even if it was successful and I survived, I would never lead a normal and healthy life, and that I would have chronic health problems and that my quality of life would not be that of a normal person’s. Here I am, 20 years later, and what my doctors have called a miracle. I have a valve that leaks, take two pills a day, and need to see a cardiologist every 6 months, but other than that, I’m fine. I’m completely normal and you would never even know I have had life threatening health problems unless I’m wearing a shirt where you can see my scars. Doctors always told my parents I’d need at least one more open heart surgery, but I’ve never even come close to needing another one.
Sometimes, I think I forget that I was almost robbed of my life and that the only reason I lived was because I fought through it, so I got this tattoo to remind me that no matter how bad things may seem at times, everyday is a gift that I almost didn’t get to experience.
Done by Taylor at Hyperion Tattoo in Buffalo, NY, he’s awesome.
My tattoo says “Be kind to each other.” in my Dad’s handwriting on my left ribs.
My Dad had a letter sent to us (the rest of my family) after he passed away as kind of a last goodbye, and the last words on the letter were “Be kind to each other.” They are words I like to live by, and they remind me of him every time I see them.
This tattoo means a lot to me and I absolutely love it! I got it done by Lenny at White Lotus Tattoos in Fredericton, NB, Canada.
Lenny was so awesome, and she really cared about getting my tattoo done right, making it look just like my Dad’s handwriting, and she was very successful :)
Getting the tattoo done wasn’t too painful for it being on the ribs, and it didn’t take too long. It was really great experience, and it was such a nice, relaxed setting. I’m planning on getting another tattoo done by her again soon :)
I now have a 3 tattoos, and I can’t wait to get some more. I love the feeling of putting something that means a lot to you on your body in ink. It’s uniquely awesome.
My grandfather raised me my entire life , he homeschooled me in elementary school and to help me remember my multiplication tables he would makes ryhmes with each one. 6x7=42 ryhmes with i love you. you better believe i never forgot. I took this picture with my homeschool certificate and you can see why underneath my grandfathers signature. He passed away in 2009 and will be in my heart forever. he was my hero :) I had this tattoo done in San Diego summer 2010 :)
This is my baby, Mr. Sly. I got him for a number of reasons. One, foxes are my favourite animal. Two, the fox is my favourite character from one of my favourite books, The Little Prince. Three, I love everything they represent. Done by Tyson at Passage Tattoo in Toronto, Ontario. Definitely check them out!