“I got my tattoo about a year ago. It was my first, and I got it after I was diagnosed with depression. It’s a reminder to keep strong and positive when I am having a bad day. The semicolon tattoo is a badge of pride for those experiencing mental health issues. It represents a pause rather than an ending. When I look at my tattoo, it inspires me to try to be happy, and to keep living every day.”

Caroline sells The Big Issue in London Court, Perth. 

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Tass Cambitzi has been tattooed 18 times, but is now undergoing painful laser removal.

She has struggled to find value and self-worth all her life, but believes this will be easier without tattoos.

“I want to start again,” she says. “I want nothingness.”

Continuing on the tattoo disasters theme, I found this girl’s story from the UK both fascinating and equally depressing.

The line that stood out to me was:

“There’s a difference between somebody who has a tattoo, and somebody who’s tattooed.”

With two ¾ tattooed sleeves I feel like I fit in the latter category now.


tattoo disasters

I rarely watch TV, but I occasionally get hooked on a programme on ABC iView like the Penn & Teller’s Fool Us series which has now sadly finished.

So the latest thing I’m into watching is Tattoo Disasters UK which is an over-sensationalised programme mostly about people who regret their choice of tattoo(s) and either get them removed or covered up; albeit with a dark, oversized design that is capable of covering it.

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really good tattoos

I was in Coles at West End this afternoon and I saw this guy with a really good tattoo. I could tell that it was well thought out, and that it would have been designed and then inked. It was a mid-arm piece of a bright coloured flower neatly contained by a contrasting monotone background. Completely cool.

got ink 3.0

I pondered and realised that really good tattoos actually shit me. And the reason? They’re too good. All of my tattoos, you see, aren’t that good. Sure, I love them, but they weren’t ever planned, nor designed. They were done as part of my life at the time and done because they meant (and mean) something to me.

It’s weird that something that’s too good can sometimes not actually be that good. Because Kitty and I are flying to Canberra tomorrow for the long weekend, I’ll try to explain this concept with the story of two different Australian cities.

Canberra, Australia’s capital, is a purpose built, planned city of 334,000 that began in 1913. Canberra was extremely well thought out, planned and then built to be Australia’s capital city. Canberra, by the books, is too good. The 2006 census showed that the average weekly wage in Canberra is $600-$699 which is almost 50% higher than the Australian average. Also, 4.5% of Canberrians have a postgraduate degree, compared with the national average of 1.8%. Driving around Canberra is a breeze because of the planned nature of the roads and there’s no tolls and little pollution. Unemployment is also very low. But it’s really quite hard to tell the various suburbs apart so it all feels the same. That’s why people get lost driving around, even though the roads are great.

Sydney, the state capital of NSW, was established in 1788 with a population of 1300 odd people and has since grown to be home to about 4,280,000. Sydney is by no means planned and by the books, not that good. Traffic is congested and housing is very expensive. The trains don’t often run on time and you hear people say that it is very polluted. Many tourists actually mistake Sydney to be the Australian capital, and often haven’t even heard of Canberra.

But if you were to ask Australians whether they prefer Canberra or Sydney, I imagine that most would they’d say Sydney. Sydney is an amazing city. The Sydney Harbor and its Bridge, the Opera House, the city beaches, and the surrounding geography are stunning. You can be in one part of Sydney in the morning and in another completely different part that same day. And that’s because it wasn’t planned.

So, Canberra did all the right things to be a perfect city, but almost four million more Australians prefer to live in crazy, congested and polluted Sydney.

The Minister for Roads in NSW, Eric Roozendaal, recently said it best. Whilst responding to the ‘like traffic that moves? move to canberra” advertisements found on Sydney buses he said:

“Anyone who goes to Canberra knows Canberra is even more boring than Adelaide, and Sydney is the greatest city in the country.”

Because I don’t have any really good tattoos, I’m hoping that my collection of will grow into a Sydney rather than a Canberra.

Photo by theointarifa (creative commons).

freestanding wooden letters in our apartment

i am a big fan of freestanding wooden letters, even though they are all the rage at the moment. we have numerous ‘words’ sprinkled throughout our apartment. one of my favourites is shown below. the reason i like it so much is because the letters are painted red. most letters you find are painted white.

Red Chill Wooden Letters

the other night i received a present found late night shopping in the city. i have never seen it before as a wooden letter, and the reason i like it so much (and the reason it was a present for me), is that it looks like one of my tattoos.

white wooden @

Tattoo Juice

As the proud owner of one or two tattoos, I am always after some interesting tattoo related articles to read. Here are few of interest lately:

Tattoo is no longer taboo – an ABC article about changing attitudes (in Australia) towards getting tattoos. Interesting quote “”What this researcher argued was that people who have one or two tattoos that are covered by everyday clothing do it because they want to display their tattoos when they so choose.”

Generation Ink – an Age (Melbourne) article about the growing number of 20-somethings getting tattoos (especially on their hands, neck and faces). It includes a story about Jake Shields, a heavily tattooed Melbourne hairdresser: “His job as a hairdresser also throws up some interesting social scenarios. “A lot of our clientele is fairly wealthy and conservative, and every day I get about fi ve people asking me about my tattoos. And they ask my boss, like, ‘Aren’t you worried about having that kid work for you?'” he says with a laugh. “But my boss is, like, ‘I don’t mind about the tattoos, I’m more worried about the jeans – look how tight they are!'”

Jake Shields Tattoos

When Love Isn’t Forever – The Removable Tattoo – a US article about a new form of tattoo ink (initially only in black) containing a special sythethic material that makes the tattoo very easily removable using laser surgery (a single treatment).

Personally, this raises the question about what makes a tattoo so special, its foreverness.

Protesters demand end to bias in Mexico against people with tattoos, piercings – Tattoos are still generally unaccepted in Mexico.

Tattoos & Christianity... Some Christians are against tattoos: “The Bible warns us against tattoos in Leviticus 19:28 (Amplified) which says, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”” Read here and here.

My next tattoo:

I am in the process of deciding what next, but I was recently inspired to get a labyrinth design, as it is a very powerful and special symbol to me. There is a cool labyrinth design in the public domain on wikipedia actually…