Tatts that provoke a reaction – Tattoos that make you smile – Be the reason someone smiles today

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Tattoos that provoke a reaction

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.

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Top 10 Lists for Finding Small and Meaningful Quotes for Tattoos

Top 10 Lists for finding small and meaningful quote tattoos for girls

This is my family’s coat of arms and the quote comes from my grandfather’s gravestone. It has great meaning for my family

  1. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar
  2. Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan
  3. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh
  4. You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey
  5. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington
  6. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucius
  7. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
  8. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin
  9. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford
  10. The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra

Finding Quotes for Tattoos on the Internet – What are some sources?

So, above is just a list of 10 neat quotes I found on just one site listed in this List.ly list.  List.ly is a great site to find lists of things.  Try a search on List.ly for Tattoos at http://list.ly/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&q=tattoos.

Lists make it easier

Michael Dunlop says that lists represent 29% of the pages made on the Internet.  Michael ought to know.  He specializes in making lists.  He can be found littered all over the internet. http://www.chrisducker.com/pop-up-domination-michael-dunlop/.  I don’t suggest you should go to Michael’s site for a list for finding small and meaningful quotes for tattoos.  I just want to reiterate that lists are a great search term to put into google when you’re looking for a quote for a tattoo.

Narrow your search terminology – List of Small Meaningful Quote Tattoos for Baby – is better than – Baby Tattoo

Try searching “quote for tattoo” and you’ll come up with hundreds of thousands of sites on google.  It will take you an age to sift through these sites to find something that really tugs at your heart.  Narrow your search terms a little and you might come up with a better result.  Here’s a site that I found on Page 1 of 1.76 million pages:   http://www.tumblr.com/tagged/quote-tattoo.  Some seriously good stuff here, but you have to have or sign up for a tumblr account and there are millions of posts to trawl through.  Good luck.

It might be better for you to key in something like “list of tiny quote tattoo with angel wings for baby girl” (I’m so sad for you if this phrase has meaning for you, but proud of you for wanting to remember your angel baby in such a beautiful and memorable way).  Using a much more specific search term will help google to find you something much more relevant, like: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20130522155726AAZZuuj.  You’ll see there I’ve linked to Yahoo answers.

Yahoo! Answers website and Ask.com have user content

You won’t always find their answers very close to the top of the page results, or very helpful or relevant.  Sometimes they can be REALLY old, but nevertheless, Yahoo answers and Ask.com are both filled with user answers.  There are lots of other places around the net that can either help you (or hinder you, because you may become completely overwhelmed with the sheer volume of quotes that websites present).

Don’t blame Google for giving you crappy quotes

The more you tighten your search, the better and more targeted your results will be.  Google will give you the best results.  For instance http://tattwords.weebly.com/miscarriage.html. This is a beautiful site that I’m proud to bring you in this post.

I know how hard the search for a great quote for your next tattoo can be.  These are just a few tips that have helped me over the years.  It can be frustrating to scour the web for good resources, and even more tiresome if you’re served up ads and rubbish content.  Narrowing your search results will help Google to give you the best there is to offer in your search for a tattoo.

I’ve linked below to some great resources that I’ve found.

Good Luck on your search for a quote tattoo.