...I got a clipper ship on my upper arm. The ship is navigating through a background of clouds and lightning bolts and has a banner underneath reading “Hope.” Its meaning follows the same idea behind my anchor tattoo. Hope is a huge part of having a positive mental attitude, which I try (sometimes with little luck, of course) to hold at all times. It’s a reminder that you can make it through stormy parts of your life, no matter how bad they get. It’s also done in the traditional style I love so much. The tattoo was done by Mike Schweigert at Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, NJ.While attending [the 2010] Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention, I decided to get a tattoo to commemorate my first convention. For as many years as tattoos have been a part of my life, this was my first convention...I got a blue rose with a candle spouting out of it in between my sparrows and flower on my outer elbow.
I’m a firm believer in everyone having a different reasoning for getting tattoos. Some are used as place markers in one’s life, some are used to remember an event, some have deep profound meanings and some are just aesthetically pleasing. I could probably come up with some in depth meaning behind the tattoo, but in the end, I got it to commemorate my first tattoo convention and that’s pretty much the only reason. Done by Rocco at Death or Glory Tattoos in Westbrook, Maine.Finally, I got my outer elbow to forearm done with a snake coiling through a skull and dagger and impaling itself on the dagger’s blade.
I usually try to go out of my way to ensure that my friends/family/other people in general are happy, more often than I would like to admit, putting their happiness before my well-being. This tattoo serves as a reminder for me not to do that so much, and to focus on myself sometimes. The snake can be viewed as a protection figure, coiling around and through the rest of the tattoo, but has also caused injury to itself by doing so. Basically, its my reminder that as much as I would like to help others, I need to keep my own happiness and well being in mind before I choose which action to take or I’ll end up injuring myself in the process. Done by Mike Schweigert at Electric Tattoo in Bradley Beach, NJ.