“Grateful to be a little boat, full of water, still floating.” -John Green.
I got this tattoo on the 17th of Dec 2012 for so many reasons. It doesn’t really matter what happened, but I’ve had a tough couple of years and an even worse few months. I’ve wanted a John Green related tattoo for years, he’s my absolute favourite author. But just at the right time, I remembered the Thoughts From Places youtube video that John made in Amsterdam that ended with this quote, and it summed everything about me up in the precise way that only John Green can. I was also much more comfortable with the fact that it could be turned into a visual tattoo instead of just words on my skin.
But to me it means,
- To never let myself be totally consumed by things or people. In other words, you can let the water in but don’t stop being a boat.
- Be grateful for surviving.
- Float on.
- And as my tattooist pointed out, there will always be things you have to carry with you, but you can’t let them sink you.
- And finally, it’s a homage to my third best friend, an author who doesn’t even know I exist.
It was done by Dane at Mad Villain Tattoo in Moorabin, Melbourne, Australia. He’s an incredible artist and is insanely dedicated to his art. He builds his own tattoo guns from scratch and mixes his own ink, and is generally an awesome dude.
That is lovely. But it better be (at least) your second tattoo!