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My Tattoos and What They Mean To Me

29 September 2008 8 Comments

In my post, I Want a New Tattoo, I talked a little bit about how many tattoos I had and talked about some of the difference places to find designs.   I also talked about some of the more popular tattoos people get as well as where on their body they get them.  I mentioned that I'm wanting "at least" two more, one I pretty much know what I want and where I want it.  The second one is still in the works.  Is seven tattoos too many?  HA

My First Tattoo

I think it was 8 years ago when I got my first ink work but I really can't remember.  If I thought about it long enough I could probably figure it out, but it hurts my head when I think too much!  HA!

There was NO doubt what I wanted when I went to get my first tattoo.  As you may or may not know, my nickname is Jake.  If you haven't read my post on where the nickname Jake came from, you can read the post Jake Computer Nut.  You'll also find out where JakeCpuNut came from when you read that post.  So Jake, the nickname, means quite a bit to me and I wanted the name "Jake" to be my first tattoo.  I thought and thought about what I could add to it, other than just the name "Jake" and I finally came up with some things to make it unique and personal.  I had no clue what to expect when I went to get my first tattoo and I admit I was kind of nervous.

As you can see in the picture, the name Jake has two teardrops under the "E" and a halo over the "J".  Both my parents died when I was young.  My mom died when I was 10 and my dad died when I was 13 and I plan to someday write about my mom and dad on this blog.  Anyway, the two teardrops are for them.  I wanted something to remind myself of all the feelings and things I had dealt with throughout my life because of their death.  It was a LONG journey and a LONG healing process and it took many years for me to let go.  The halo over the "J" is in remembrance of my Granny.  If you ever ask me if I believe in Angels, then I would respond YES!  There have been two of them in my life.  One is in my life at the moment and her name is Misty, the other Angel is in my past and she taught me so much about love, life, happiness, togetherness, thoughtfulness, joy and so much more.  My Granny was and has been one of the greatest influences in my life.  She lived to be 93 and was loved by everyone.  She was a remarkable woman.  OK, before I fill my keyboard with tears, I need to move on!  HA!  Get a grip Jeff!  The "Jake" tattoo does mean a lot to me.  I'm glad it was my first and I'm glad of the things I added to it!

My Second Tattoo

Well I've already talked about how my parents died when I was young.  My dad was a special man and like his mom, my Granny, was loved and respected by many people.  I was always so proud of my last name, Leftwich, because it was about the only thing I had from my daddy and no one could ever take it away from me.  I have a few memories and a few odds and ends that were his personal belongings, but the name meant a lot to me.  I wanted my next tattoo to be related to the Leftwich name in some way.  I had thought about our family crest and a few other ideas came to mind, but I wanted something more personal.  Then one day I was going through some items that belonged to my dad and it hit me, I wanted his signature as my next tattoo!  I started going through every piece of paper I could find to get a legible signature.  Finally I found one and I was very excited knowing I was going to have my dads own signature as a tattoo!  There was never any doubt as to where it was going.....   Over My Heart!

My Third Tattoo

Again, going back to my Daddy.  Can you tell I miss my dad?  Chief Master Sergeant in the National Guard, Fire Chief for one of the local fire departments, Special Deputy for the local Sheriff's Department.  Those were just a few things my dad accomplished in his short life here on earth.  Sometimes I feel like I've accomplished some things in my life, then I'll sit and talk to some of the folks that knew and/or worked with my dad and I soon realize I haven't done anything, not compared to Leroy Leftwich. I wish I could go back in time, if for no other reason just to watch my dad and see this person that others speak so highly of.  I have no idea what traits or anything I have of his.  I hope I do have some of his qualities, it would be an honor if I did.  I talked about having a few of his personal belongings and some of those things were his police and sheriff badges.  At one point in time I thought I wanted to be in law enforcement, but as I got older I realized that I was maybe wanting to live in my dad's footsteps.  Not that there's anything wrong with that, but I think to be an officer of the law, it needs to come from your heart.  I don't think I would have been a good law man, being one just because my dad was one.  Anyway, I wanted a tattoo that reflected on one of those parts of his life.  I have his stripes from where he was a Master Sergeant,  and I have some pictures of different things to do with the Fire Department, but the badges always got my attention more than anything.  So, as you can see, the third tattoo is one of my daddy's badges.  I changed the wording on the tattoo to make it a little more personal.  At the top of the badge I changed the last name, Leftwich, to his first name, Leroy.  Below that on the badge it said "Special Deputy" and I changed that to say "Special Dad".  I also added the dates of his birth and death, 1928-1978.  In the middle where the county seal would have been, I had the number that was assigned to him at the Sheriffs Department, 149.  I have his old pair of handcuffs, so I had the tattoo artist dangle them over the corner of the badge.  Pretty cool huh?  I love this tattoo, it means a lot to me.  It also gives me an opportunity to talk about my dad because many people have asked about it.  So I always take that chance to tell them about my daddy and brag on him a little.

My Fourth Tattoo

Wow, this tattoo always puts a smile on my face.  When I think of this next tattoo, or look at it, several words come to my mind immediately.  YUMMY! HOT! SEXY!  I am not only in love with Misty, I am in love with her LIPS!  I love them so much, that I HAD to have them on me permanently and had them put on the right side of my chest.  Misty melts my heart and her lips set me on fire hahaha!  OK, calm down Jeff.  Seriously, she has the prettiest set of lips ever created and I can't get enough of them!  Misty sweetheart, you KNOW how much I love your lips.  I know when I got this tattoo, you couldn't believe I got a tattoo of your lips on my body.  I love you sweetheart!  I could go on and on about Misty and what she has done for me, how she has changed me and how much I love her, but I'm saving that for a special post.  Thank you Misty for being so beautiful, and thank you for those sexy lips!  I love you Angel!

My Fifth Tattoo

Look familiar?  Well I guess if you're family it may, but if you're just a reader of this blog and don't know, this tattoo is of my baby girl when she was young.  Ashley is my beautiful daughter and I love her so much.  It's hard to believe that she is 21 years old and has a child of her own.  I'm so proud of her and I hope that having her own child, makes her realize just how much I love her.  I will tell you one thing, this tattoo HURT LIKE HELL!  It's on my right rib cage and I sat through about an hour and fifteen minutes of agony for this tattoo.  The rib cage being one of the most sensitive parts of the body when it comes to tattoos, I almost had to ask him to stop many times, but I hung in there.  It wasn't easy but I did it.  Baby girl, I went through a lot of pain for this tattoo, you BETTER remember that hahahaha!  I love you sweety!

Well there you have it, all five of my tattoos and what they mean to me. I mentioned that I wanted at least two more and one of those will honor the two Angels in my life, Misty and my Granny. I want it SOON! Of course they aren't cheap and this one will have some size to it. But, I've done pretty well on my websites this month so I may put some of that towards the new tat!

So talk to me! Speak up! What do you think of my tattoos? Share your stories about your tattoos if you have any or if you don't have any, share what you think about tattoos in general.

Sometime this week I'm going to do a post about how some people "view" tattoos. I've had some pretty interesting, some heated, conversations about "Body Art". So if you have any feelings good or bad about tattoos and body art, you'll have a chance to chime in.

Also, I'm trying to figure out the best way to do the picture thing so you can add pics of your tattoos so bear with me while I figure that out. I can't wait to see and hear what you have to say!

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  • Jake (author) said:

    Oh yeah, and NO wisecracks on the hairy body!!!!!!!! :P


  • Ashley Jayne said:

    thank you for going thru so much pain for me <3 I hope to do the same for Kyle one day…


  • AhshKoshBGosh said:

    Hey nice stories and tatts, sorry about your parents! My name is Ashley too and about your daughters age as well :-) not that it matters just thought it was interesting. Saw ya on The Tattoo Forum so i figured i’d say hi. See ya ’round!


  • Jake (author) said:

    Hi Ashley, nice to meet another Ashley :) Thanks for dropping by and for the comments! I’m ready for my next one! Just need to get down there and get it!


  • Brendon said:

    Interesting Jake. Good on ya!


  • Jake (author) said:

    Thanks Brendon and thanks for stopping by!


  • Angel Tattoos said:

    it goes to show that you have this passion on tattoo arts. I have built a site regarding tattoos as well, but dedicated to angel tattoos. Anyhoo, just dropping by. thanks for for a good read here.



  • Jake (author) said:

    Looks like you have a nice blog started over there! Congrats! I love tattoos and art and Angels :) !
    Thanks for stopping by!


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