This is Jay's tattoo, based on a song by The Smiths.
The song is called Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me. It is the first Smiths song I heard in my life and it has a deep meaning for me. The Smiths are my favorite band and I rely on Morrissey's voice every time I don't know what to do.
Last night I dreamt
That somebody loved me
No hope, no harm
Just another false alarm
- Excerpt from Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me by The Smiths
This belongs to Nate from Seattle.
My tattoo is a lyric from the song In the Red, by Tina Dico. She is an incredible singer songwriter from Denmark, and I'm an avid fan. More importantly, I think this lyric captures what we all experience in love.
Love is a thousand shades of grey - and we know
There's not a safe or certain way to go
But when we've seen all, uneasiness and hate, it will show
That it all means nothing, it all means nothing, it all means nothing at all, at all
- Excerpt from In the Red by Tina Dico
This belongs to Francesca.
This is a tattoo made by a friend of mine, on my left side. It is from The Smiths song, There Is A Light That Never Goes Out. It is dedicated to a friend of mine, who died of anorexia. Just before dying she wrote me a letter which ended with this sentence.
This tattoo belongs to Michelle.
The words "awake my soul" are from the Mumford & Sons song "Awake My Soul". It is such an inspiring and beautiful phrase to me. I think of it not only as somewhat of a prayer to become more awake and alive in life, but also as just a call to nature and the universe that I wish to be fully awake in my living and to experience each day with the full capability of my body and soul. I don't want to go sleeping through my days and at the end of life wonder what happened, why I wasn't happier. This tattoo inspires me to enjoy life, to connect on a deeper level with the things and people I encounter.
I got the words surrounding a beautiful, realistic sunflower because sunflowers signify light and goodness in the world. I also think of them as being very happy and content flowers. Lastly, whenever you see a sunflower, I love how it looks as if it is growing toward and facing the sun. They go after the light and what they want, and in return it seems like they get to be the happiest flower there is.
Andrea submitted this tattoo. She says:
This is Autumn's tattoo.
This is a quote from Henry Rollins that I found many years ago. The reason I fell in love with it is that it can swing both ways. You can look at it in a cynical light and say to yourself - yes, life will bleed me dry OR you can look at it in the way that you've lived so great that you have crushed every last drop. It's a favorite of mine so I thought I would share.
Believe me when I tell you
Life will not break your heart
It'll crush it
- Henry Rollins, Blues Jam
This belongs to allets.
Although I'm not particularly religious, this song is one of my favorites. I've grown up with my family loving The Beatles and was exposed to their music via my brother. ("Yellow Submarine" was the first song I ever heard, with "Yesterday" being my ultimate Beatles song.) The expression "let it be" itself is a reminder to allow things to fall into place. To let situations work themselves out, not over-analyze and obsess over every detail until I drive myself insane. To let things happen as they do. It's also a reminder that if everything is going wrong, if things aren't happening the way I want them to, let go and take the situation as a sign. Not to surrender, but to realize this isn't mean to happen, to move on and continue. It's a reminder to take things as they come, to live, and as Tupac said, leave the pieces on the floor and move on. This was only proved when I first attempted to get this tattooed and left my wallet in someone else's car, leaving me with no means of paying for it. I ended up changing the initial design of the tattoo to what is now and couldn't be more happier with it. Now, when things aren't exactly awesome, I can remind myself to just let it be.
This belongs to Cortney.
I have a habit of dwelling on inconsequential issues in life and "let it be" reminds me to step back and take a breath before overreacting. This song got me through a series of bad events in my life and it showed me that things will be ok, eventually. Not only is this my favorite song, but it also has a lot of meaning to my mother which makes this tattoo all the more special to me. McCartney wrote this song about his mother so I found it very fitting not only for my connection to the lyrics, but also for the actual placement on my body. I wanted it somewhere that would always be a convenient reminder that will "whisper words of wisdom" to me.
This belongs to "shelbstoc".
This belongs to Erin.
This tattoo is one of the more famous Beatles quotes but also how I live my life. Just let it be and everything will be alright, you move on and move through as long as you can let it be.
This belongs to Madeline Sistrunk.
I got this tattoo in order to remind myself to let things go, certain people, events, places, and mind sets.
When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be
- The Beatles, Let it Be