…and that’s exactly what my new Tolkien-inspired tattoo says.
Everyone knows that once you get your first tattoo, you get “ink poisoning” – as they call it – the desire for more and more tattoos. Since I turned 18 (19 actually, because that was when I actually got my first one), I’d only ever adorned myself with 4 medium-to-small tats, and it’s been a solid 4 years since my last one. My goal is to eventually turn my left arm into a full sleeve, and have at least a half sleeve on my right arm. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet.
Recently, my friend Ashlee had gotten a tattoo from her cousin who works at a local Tattoo Lou’s shop. Upon showing me her new ink (a mermaid from Peter Pan featuring the quote, “we were only trying to drown her), I fell in love with the work. The lines were so crisp and thin and perfect, and the colors and blending were exquisite. I was determined to get at least one tattoo from this amazing artist before I book it for the west coast.
So I sat down, and mulled through all the ideas I currently have swirling around. The idea for this one was the most solid, and it was fairly easy (remember, 4 years since I’d been under a tattoo gun), and with a surprise tax return, I was ready.
The whole thing was done in less than half an hour. Though all she did was add some leaves on to the design apply it to my skin (I found the font I wanted it in and printed it out), she did an amazing job of it, and I would absolutely go back to her to get more work done… if I wasn’t going to be 3,000 miles away in less than a month.
And in case anyone is confused or wondering: it’s a quote from Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien. The whole poem it’s from is as follows:
All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.
From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.