“In Chinese, it doesnt actually mean anything, because they forgot a line. So but yeah, this tattoo actually has this really interesting story to it. Its um, like, me and my friend were like, oh my gosh, you know just sitting there, my friends like, I really want to get a tattoo. And Im like, oh yeah okay, you know you just say things, like I’m going to go to the beach but you never actually go to the beach. But like, you know, were just, we talk a little bit, we get in the car. And shes like, you know, I really do want to get a tattoo. And I’m like, okay. So then she gets in her car, turns it on, starts driving. We ended up driving to a tattoo parlor. So literally, its three hours later and I walk out with a tattoo. This is when I was eighteen years old, I didnt just turn eighteen, but like you know it was kind of like that eighteen year old, you know, thing. I was back home in Denver. And um, the funny thing was that um, that like, um, part of why, um, its folklore is that um, its kind of like um, like, why I have it is to, because it never goes away. And its like, it means um, sunrise. And to me like, after every night there is always a dawn. And its like, it reminds me of that, whenever people ask me, I can be like, oh yeah, I can tell them that and its kind of cool that way.”
LM’s tattoo is a permanent reminder to her that the world and life is cyclical. Additionaly, it is a reminder of that period of time of her life, and the friend she was with. Although the tattoo artist forgot to draw one line making it so that the tattoo isn’t even Chinese, it is still an important symbol to LM. People get various types, styles and designs of tattoos for many reasons. But the one thing that is similar about them is their permanence. Like a yearly holiday or festival, a tattoo can serve to remind the individual, or individuals who share a tattoo, of something important about themeselves and their life. While some tattoos might look identical or similar, on different people they almost always have a different story and meaning behind them.