Some of your tattoos about overcoming challenges and difficult life events. Some of the stories on here do depict traumatic events, self-harm and suicide which could be a trigger, please look out for yourselves.
I’ve suffered with anxiety for over 16years and this is my reminder that even on the darkest days there is always light and if there isn’t it will return – like a moth to the flame. 🖤💪🏻
I have been self harming since I was 10. I am now almost 26 years old.
I experienced a lot of trauma in my childhood and early adult life, including bereavement, sexual trauma and domestic abuse.
A couple of years ago, I was in hospital 5 times because I had slit my wrist deep enough that I couldn’t stop the bleeding. Once I cut deep enough the vein and had to be sewn up. The only reason I went to the hospital was because people found out. It’s not easy to hide when your white work shirt is slowly turning red and you’re hiding in a toilet. People notice you going missing.
So, after being in hospital and getting stitched up, I decided enough is enough. I moved to abroad. But I had a constant reminder on my wrist and working with children was difficult. They would constantly ask me what it was. So I decided to cover it up with a tattoo. It’s not metal themed, but it’s nice enough that I’m allowed it for work but it also covers everything perfectly. Without this tattoo, having to look at the scars, I probably would have relapsed again. Now it’s been 6 months and I haven’t self harmed and only one person knows of that achievement✌️
Rapid Mood Changes
This is my chaos tattoo I got when I was 21, I’m 35 now and it’s still my only tattoo because I get ideas of more that I’d like but my feelings on them always seem to change before I can act on it, I’ve been thinking of getting more added to this one though… I have BPD so this tattoo represents my mood changes and general state of being. Always feeling pulled in every direction, confusion, instability, a chaotic mind.
I was a huge metal fan in my teens, then had my first baby at 18 and all my focus went into being a mum. At 23 I was single with 2 little girls, doing great after leaving their alcoholic dad. He snapped, came into our home in the middle of the night and tried to kill me. Said once I was dead he was killing our girls too. I took a lot of injuries keeping myself alive and him away from the kids but we made it and he went to jail. PTSD wound up taking over my life for almost 10 years. It was rediscovering my love of metal that helped pull me out of that hole. This is the current progress on my metal star sleeve
This one does have meaning. It’s the opening of Help. I added it to my arm when I realised that I could ask for help. That I wasn’t as strong as I used to be. And it’s an awesome song
🎶When I was younger, so much younger than today. I never needed anybody’s help in any way. But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured. Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors
Whenever I feel mental pressure building, or have an emotional experience my out is a tattoo, it puts me back where I need to be 🙂