I have a tattoo I got at 17, a death heads hawk moth (think of like from Silence of the Lambs) on my shoulder. Mine represents my childhood, bugs were big to me, and the moth itself represents death. Not too sad, right? Just something to remind me of my childhood, some people I’ve lost and how death is ever looming. My sister’s first one is the sad one. She originally got it at 16, Roman numerals below her collar bone, right above her heart. The numerals are a date, all in black, except for the Vs in purple. She was planning it for quite awhile, and my parents were only allowing her to get one so young because of the significant meaning: a friend’s death.
Her best friend had taken her life when my sister was 14 and she was 15. It was a normal day, we didn’t except it and there were no warning signs up until she spammed my sister’s phone when my sister could not respond. It hit her hard. That was her best friend of years, and she wasn’t able to be there for her. Plus, they were finally going to be at eachother’s school again after a year apart. It’s been years and there’s still nights she cries in her bed over it. These are the 2 words from gurbani. Nirbhao means without fear, and nirvair means without hate. These 2 words really define how I would ideally like to live my life. The birds represent freedom for me. Freedom is the most important thing for me in my life. I made sure the birds are positioned in such a way, that they are flying up, symbolising working hard to reach your goals.