I want to get my late Dads writing tattooed

  1. I want to get a tattoo of a couple words my dad once wrote to me but I don't know where.

    I was was thinking my foot, but I can't decide

    if if I had my choice I'd choose my wrist, but then I'll always have to worry about covering it since I work in LTC and they're never going to be permitted. (I'm not going anywhere even when I'm an RN)

    any thoughts? I never considered it until recently losing him and I really want to be able to look at it every day.

    Should i wait until I'm not grieving? (Not sure that will ever happen).

    maybe if I got it where I could easily cover it with a watch?

    I feel silly asking but you guys are honest and also nurses.
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  3. by   pixierose
    It sounds like a beautiful idea for a tattoo.

    I have a tattoo on my wrist; it's easily covered by my watch.

    I'm a tattoo gal; I have 7 of them (all hidden). I don't regret any of them. But I put a LOT of thought into them, and spent months, even years, thinking them into existence.

    As long as you put thought into it, its permanency and how it can be covered ... I say go for it. But I would wait for the brunt of the grieving to slow down.

    I'm sorry for your loss (((hugs))).
  4. by   ItsThatJenGirl
    I'm very sorry for your loss.

    I have a wrist tattoo, too - which is also easily covered by my watch.

    I designed it myself, and gave myself a year before committing to it, but that doesn't mean that's what you have to do.

    Maybe go to the tattoo parlor and have them draw in on and see how you feel after a day or two? I think getting his handwriting is a lovely thing to do.
  5. by   NurseCard
    I'm sorry for your loss. My husband and his sister lost their mother a
    couple of years ago, and she has her mom's handwriting tattooed on the
    inside of her arm. Such a great way to keep your mom or dad close by...

  6. by   SouthpawRN
    Having full sleeve tattoos myself, I would just say to consider that if it is somewhere patients can see it, they will ask you about it, OFTEN. Is this something you what to have to explain and thus stir up emotions within you every time someone asks about it or you see it? would having to explain it trigger emotions that interfere with being able to do your job right then and there?. Tattooed over your heart or something may be a better choice.
  7. by   Glycerine82
    Good point about the constant explanations, south!

    Thanks everyone, as always you've given me great advice. I have to keep thinking about it.... I know I want it where I can see it if I so choose, but certainly don't want to be forced to talk about it all the time, either.

    I'm lost without him, especially since I moved back to my home state to care for him and he died 5 weeks later. Doesn't even feel like home now.

    Blah. Yeah, I should probably give it a few more months...it's only been 3.
  8. by   amoLucia
    What about your upper forearm (like your bicep)? You could read it and give yourself a memory and a (((hug))) every now & then.

    Even under a sleeve, you'd know it was there and you could (hug) yourself whenever.
  9. by   SouthpawRN
    you could get a trial run with a henna tattoo. they last from a week to a month and see if that works for you...
  10. by   JBudd
    Ditto on the explanations, no tattoos here (well, radiation dots, lol), but I am constantly asked about my compression sleeves. I have colorful ones mostly, if I have to wear them I'm going to have fun with them! But yes, I get asked constantly about them, have started wearing more muted ones at work.
  11. by   Rekt
    Maybe your lower back or across your chest so it'll always be covered.
  12. by   Cat365
    I always thought shoulder blade and lower back tattoos were beautiful on women. (I'm assuming you are female). The downside is you can't see them easily.
    An upper arm or chest might work. If you are female don't do the stomach. Someone I know had a gorgeous tiger done there when she was young. After she had children it was an old tiger. She neglected to take into consideration stretch marks.
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