Saturday, September 1, 2012

On Tattoos - Part 1: "Estel"

Fun fact: I have three tattoos.

Actually, I've wanted a tattoo since I was 14. It started off with the desire to get a butterfly tramp stamp tattoo. Not entirely sure why, but I'm glad my high school boyfriend told me I wouldn't survive the pain, so I didn't push through with it.

It then evolved into a desire to get a Dogtown logo tattoo coz I was known as "Zephyr girl" during my college years (yes, I was a skater girl).

But it wasn't until after I gave birth - it was a natural birth, by the way... without painkillers - that I thought, "If I survived that, I'll survive getting a friggin' tattoo!" :p

So, when my good friend Kays told me she was getting a tattoo, the crazy spontaneous girl in me decided to get one, too. Thus the birth of tattoo number one.

I still lived in Bangkok when we got our tattoos, so we went to Mah Boon Krong (MBK), one of the cheapest malls in the city, for them. We really only had one choice: P' Malakor. He already did a lot of our other friends' tattoos, so we knew we could trust him.

Yes, that's a pink hoodie. Yes, those are pigtails. And yes, I'm smiling. Coz getting a wrist tattoo is ticklish as hell. I don't know what my high school boyfriend was on, but it definitely didn't hurt. At all.

What did I get? Well, I wanted to get something that reflected me and my personality as a whole and something I was passionate about, so...

I got a tattoo in Sindarin (Elvish, for you non-geeks).

Why? Well, for starters, "The Lord of the Rings" is the first geeky thing I ever got into - even way before the movies came out. I actually even learned how to speak Elvish at one point coz I'm just that geeky.

I even wore an Elvish crown to school sometimes and called myself Princess Estel coz "estel" was my favorite Elvish word. This explains why I was loner. :p This also explains why I got the word "estel" as my first tattoo.

"Estel" means "hope", by the way.

The reason why I'm so fond of the word "hope" is because I've always felt that nothing is more important in life than having something to hope for and something to believe in. Don't you agree? I mean, I don't know about you, but hope is basically what keeps me sane to this day. Well, hope and David Bowie. But it would be a lil weird if I had a tattoo of Aladdin Sane, wouldn't it?

A New Hope also happens to be my favorite Star Wars movie, and hope is what Superman's S stands for. (Still doubt my geekiness? Lol.)

If you could get a tattoo of a single word, what would you get and what language would you get it in? :)


  1. I'm actually planning on getting inked before the year ends. I can't think of only a word to use for my future tat, but I have this short quote in mind, which I plan on having on my right wrist and in typewriter sort of font. I'm excited to get mine. Your post is so timely, Angel. :)

  2. I have a tattoo on my back near the bra line. I want to have a new one. Maybe in my ring finger :D Thanks for sharing.. I love the design of your tattoo simple yet meaningful.


  3. wow .. ako since high school gusto ko din peo sabi nila mahirap daw makahanap ng trabaho pag may tatoo kaya anggang ngayon anggang pangarap pa rin cya :)

  4. Funny, I have a butterfly wings tramp stamp! Haha. I've been wanting to add to its design since after I got it but I can't decide what to to add to it. I need an artist's opinion but I'm too chikinshit to visit one. I don't want to go to the original artist because he wasn't very helpful that time. :P

    I like your tattoo. Simple and meaningful. Your blog background's Wonder Woman art would actually make a great tattoo (strong woman, windblown hair effect), but I for one wouldn't be brave enough to get one that big. :D

  5. I also wanted to have one but .......

  6. waaah i dream to have one but the fiance will kill me. i envy you guys :(

    The Bargain Doll

  7. woah!!! i envy you. i want to have a tattoo too and yes i want it to be "hope" since it was one of my favorite word in the whole universe!!!!! now i should really get one!!! :)

    ♥ Maria

  8. Maybe "serendipity" for me... in english.. but then again, that's so boring nga naman ;)) So maybe i'll have it translated and if i like the symbol or character, then go :)) or siguro.. stars lang.. the shape ha not the word. :P

  9. I wanted to get one when the Little One was born (one with er name on it) kaya lang todo against si Husband e. Heheeh!

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