All About My Tattoo | Dani Lauren

March 23, 2015

All About My Tattoo

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As some of you may know from my instagram posts or from my February Favorites video I got my first tattoo about a month ago.

For me this was a really big decision, I grew up with two parents who were strongly against tattoos and for a long time I didn’t think I liked them either.

But a few years ago I started to think that there is something kind of cool about tattoos that I have grown an admiration for. You don’t get to chose the body you are born into, which is fine because at the end of the day the way you look isn’t what matters in life. But since you didn’t get to choose the way you look I think there is something kind of cool in making your body “you”. I mean people change their hair, get plastic surgery, wear makeup… people customize the way they look every single day. But tattoos are so much more permanent and I think that sometimes it’s kind of cool to make a something a part of you that is going to last forever.

Just to be clear, just because I got one tattoo doesn’t mean I am going to go get all tatted up because 1. I don’t think I could pull that off and 2. There are just not that many things that I would want to make a part of my body forever.

THE CROSS

So I am a Christian. I was baptized Catholic when I was a baby but never really went to church or prayed regularly throughout my whole childhood. When I switched schools in 8th grade to go to a Lutheran private school is when I first really got exposed to religion and grew a relationship with God. I’ve mentioned my faith in a couple of my videos in the past, its definitely not something I try to hide but it also isn’t something that often comes up in the conversation topics of most of my videos.

So even though I have been a Christian for about 10 years now and feel like I have a pretty strong faith, it is still something I have to work at every single day. Do I go to church every week? No. Why? I don’t know. Stupid things still come up that in the moment seem more important. Or I just get lazy. Am I always the nicest person? No. Do I always forgive others? No. These are just some of the things that I am constantly working on.

There have been days, probably even weeks that I have gone without praying or even thinking about God. Sometimes I get caught up in the superficial things in the world and I forget what really matters and what I’m living for. I want to live my life like Jesus. I really do. And I want to worship God with every action I do. I really do. But sometimes I forget.

I have been drawing this cross on my wrist since high school. Remember when we would write things on our hands so we wouldn’t forget them? Well that’s why I did it. I would draw a cross on my hand or my wrist so when I saw it I would reevaluate what I was doing.

I have been seriously considering getting this tattoo since I was 18. And then when I was in church about a month ago. I decided right then and there that I was getting it later that day. When I’m in church everything just seems so clear and I wanted to bring a piece of that clarity with me wherever I go. So I got my cross tattoo, and I’m so happy. Am I a perfect Christian now? Of course not. But it definitely reminds about what matters every time I look at it.
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I also like that it kind of speaks for me. Now if anyone sees it, they know I am a Christian, I don’t have to wait for it to come up in conversation. My faith is something I want to share with people and I want people to know about me. So now it’s a permanent part of me. I literally have my heart on my sleeve for the whole world to see.

Oh… and if you are curious about my tattoo experience, it actually didn’t hurt at all! Getting my eyebrows waxed hurts 10 times more! (but I’ve heard it really depends on where you get your tattoo and how much detail it has) And since mine is so small it literally look like 5 minutes and didn’t peel or itch or anything afterwards!

So yeah! That’s my story. If you have any questions about faith or tattoos, feel free to comment down below and let me know!

Love you guys!

xoxo,
Dani

2 thoughts on “All About My Tattoo

  1. I think that is a really good thing, and i love it. It doesn’t only show your religion, but also personality too.And i love that about it! Would you do another one if something meant to you as much?

    1. I have definitely been thinking about more tattoos! I would always keep them small and simple. I am trying to convoke Austin to get one with me that represents our wedding date :)

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