You know the type. The person who just goes about their business with a smile on their face. Who charms complete strangers with a nice comment about their shoes, clothes, hair, perfume? Who reaches out to say something that will make someone smile. A random act of kindness, perhaps. I love the idea of tattoos that portray an aspect of a positive, friendly and giving personality. The attitude that “I am me, I am comfortable in my own skin, ink and all, I love my life and I want to show the world that happiness and kindness are important and make people feel good about themselves and the world”.
What’s wrong with inking your skin to show the world you love life?
Quote This for a Tattoo: Be the reason someone smiles today
Some of the gentlest and most open and generous people I’ve met in my life are covered in tattoos. Beautiful ink. I have a mate who’s remaining patch of skin is under the hair that grows on his scalp. He is a quiet and calm, softly spoken man, not the hardened, wizened type that people so often associate with tatts. He changes the sterotype, and in doing so, he also changes perceptions. He’s the type of person who always has a kind word to say. He engages strangers in conversation, is always asking questions about others, and has a rich and fulfilled life. He has tattooed on his right forearm “Be the reason someone smiles today”. His tattoo is a mantra. He finds strength and solace in these words and they give him the fighting spirit every day, to keep smiling, to keep engaging with others and to stay happy.
A tattoo can be a very powerful device to sculpt your attitude and your personality. I could get quite deep into the philosophies behind writing attitudinal goals in plain sight as a great goal setting tool. Tattoo quotes which are meaningful to you – right in your skin couldn’t be a better tool to get those goals close to hand ALL THE TIME! I’m sure you want to know what I have inked. I’m really into self-improvement. “Get up and do it” is a favourite. “Begin” is another. “Now” expresses the urgency I need when I’ve got pressing demands. I don’t think you could find a smaller more meaningful quote tattoo! The most important quote tattoo to me is the one that keeps me focused on my goals and stops me from procrastinating. I happen to be a person who loves nature and our native animals, so my quote might seem a little strange.
Eat that frog
“Eat that frog”. It’s my equivalent of “Be the reason someone smiles today”. OK that might sound strange to you. They really are totally unlike each other. Let me try and explain. My mate with the great attitude (the one with the quote “Be the reason someone smiles today”) is an extrovert. He seeks out and thrives on being with others, listening to others and connecting with them. I, on the other hand am an introvert. I can thank Myers Briggs for some the insight into my personality and how I interact with the world compared to Mr. “Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today”. I often prefer doing things alone. (oh, and this gem from the Myers Briggs site):
- I sometimes spend too much time reflecting and don’t move into action quickly enough.
He (Mr. Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today”) delights and gains energy from jumping into action, throwing himself into something and involving everyone around him.
Have you spotted any correlation between the paragraph you’ve just read and “EAT THAT FROG”. No? Well, I’m getting there. My brain works in all sorts of convoluted ways! Where was I? My frog tattoo has, tattooed around the base of his froggy legs “Eat That Frog”. The words are large enough to be seen by passers-by, and commuters on the train. They provoke a reaction. But my tattoo is not there to provoke a reaction in somebody else, it’s there for me. So what does my quote tattoo saying “Eat that frog” mean. Obviously I’m not vegetarian. Let me explain….. I know, I am getting a bit sidetracked.
Eat that frog is a quote from a book I found really fundamentally changed by attitude in a very important way. I used this book to stop procrastinating. You’ll noticed I mentioned earlier that my introverted personality led me to spend too much time reflecting and not moving into action? I’m a procrastinator! So when this book screamed at me with ways to stop my procrastinating, (being the tattoo lover), I felt it was appropriate to get inked with the mantra I’d learned from that fabulous quote in the book by Brian Tracy “Eat that Frog”. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0W7GB5Fh2XM. His stuff is pretty good.
Are all Tattoos about Skulls and Demons, Fighting Fish and Japanese Text?
So really, what does a Lionfish or a Chinese Fighting Fish say about your personality? Or a Skull or screaming demon. Or a naked lady or open wound? Does it provoke a reaction? And in whom are they provoking the reaction? Are your tattoos provoking the kind of reaction that represents your personality, or are they overshadowing/undermining your personality because “society” has an attitude toward tattoos? It’s interesting that inked skin does provoke such ire, interest, wrath, desire and a myriad of other emotions in others. You would think “It’s my skin, why should anyone else care?”. Oh, but they do! They care or they stare. I think what’s really important is to find both the right tattoo and the right attitude. Make your tattoo suit your attitude or shape your attitude? This is up to you.Image attributed to http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/images/view_photog.php?photogid=1824