Done by Chip Beam at Artifex in Vestal, NY.
I got this tattoo because I’m in serious love with the Eiffel Tower and all the things it represents to me. It was actually built with the intention of being torn down soon after it was set up - many French did, and still do, consider it an eyesore. I feel that way a lot of the time. My story is a sad one, like so many of us. I have a lot of scars from self-injury (some visible in this picture.) But it wasn’t torn down - it’s still standing 123 years later and is the most visited paid destination on the planet. There are millions of people that find it beautiful. And that really means something to me.
Also, the four feet of the Tower act as compass. They point directly north, south, east, and west. If you stood directly in the middle underneath it, you’d always know which way you were headed, if you used it as a guide. I think you can figure out the symbolism in that. =]
I love this tattoo for so many reasons…I just hope that, one day, I’ll be able to visit the structure that inspired it. <3
Reblogging because it’s mine. :3 I know the lines look a little bit crooked, but that’s because of their placement on my leg. Sometimes when I flex my calf muscles, I can make it look like the clouds are moving. Also, the picture was taken with my phone camera about an hour after it was done…
I know some people have left notes on this submission that I have a cheesy sob story, or that the lines look horrendous, or something like “omg you got it tattooed on you and you’ve never even been there? *facepalm*”
But I don’t care. My tattoo is about me, and I think it’s beautiful. It really only matters what I think. I let it upset me at first, that people couldn’t appreciate it for what it is - a tattoo that’s a representation of myself. But then I remembered that they don’t have it on their bodies, they have no say in it whatsoever. :P
I got the words “je t’aime” underneath because it means “I love you” and I remember, every time I see it, that I am loved.
And I feel it now more than ever. <3