Inked For The First Time, My Faith In God.

Inked For The First Time, My Faith In God.

Yes, I got myself a tattoo today. My first ever in life, a simple beautiful one and I’m feeling great about it right now. πŸ™‚

I was hesitating whether or not to upload the photo on Facebook, knowing I’ll be getting mix messages from friends around. My friend Yi Chen was like, “Just post lah, very cool mah, sure a lot likes one.” LOL So I posted it, with a promise that I’ll blog about it. I just want to clarify the full story behind the process of getting this tattoo, because I know I’ve many awesome friends who’re concerned that I’ll regret and stuff, I’m really touched, really.

I’ve been wanting this tattoo since 2 years back, when I was 18. I remember sitting and chatting with my parents over lunch on a rainy Sunday afternoon (at the Nasi Beriyani Power restaurant to be more precise. :P), I casually mentioned about this tattoo idea to see how they’d react.

Surprisingly, Mum’s first reaction wasn’t to go against the idea, but to question about where I plan to get it. When I told her it’ll most likely be a cross at my back, she’s like, “Eh, on the waist will be sexier leh!” Okay…. I was kinda surprised by my mum’s reaction… Well as for Dad, he just told me to think wisely beforehand and make sure I don’t regret it. I could see that he did not really like the idea but he didn’t want to stop me.

 

Weirdly, I didn’t rush to get the tattoo as soon as I got the parents’ consent. I took my time, telling myself that I’ll only get it when I’m really sure about it. After all, to get inked is permanent, you can’t just erase it some other day when you don’t like it anymore.Some friends said that they rather get a temporary tattoo, having the same effect and being able to erase it once regretted. But for me, that’s not the whole point of it – it’s not just to look cool or good, it’s not just to show the world about it, it’s mainly about what it means to you and how you feel for it. If it’s reversible, then it doesn’t feel the same anymore.

This cross for me, does not really symbolize my religion or how much I praise the God. It represents more of the faith I have in God for the passed 20 years. I’m not the kind of person who goes to church every Sunday, praises the Lord all the time, pray before my meals or remember phrases from the bible; I’m just the average girl who believes in God, prays to Him every night before she sleeps and loves Him with her whole heart.

This simple yet special relationship I have with God is what keeps me alive everyday. It’s like an intimate friendship with one that I fully trust and gives my whole heart, it’s the faith that He will be there for me through ups and down, it’s the faith that things whether good or bad, are planned by God to make me more worthy. It’s about the faith I have in Him.

 

2 years back, I really thank the Lord for replying my family’s prayer, for blessing me with a turning point in my life and guiding me through it; but I wasn’t sure about it, I was 18, maybe I was still naive? So I waited. This 2 years, being away from home and going through a crazy journey, I really thank God for being there for me and bringing me home when I was lost. I was then 99% certain about my decision

I could have gotten my tattoo at Malaysia, where it’s cheaper and my family will be there to take care of the healing process. But I wanted to face the pain and handle stuff by myself. After all, it was my faith that kept me going through life without my family or bf the passed year, it will be more meaningful that way. Of course, I’m also biased against the quality of work and professionalism I can get over here rather than back home.

So I googled for places with good reviews and asked friends who got tattoo for advice. I somehow settled down at Funhouse Tattoo. I rang up the place, went there a few days ago to talk about my idea and place my appointment. I’m glad the inking wasn’t as painful as I thought it would be, I was even smiling to Yi Chen thinking of how my friend told me it was like hell and scared the shit out of me.

And voila, here’s that awesome piece of work on my back! I do hope I can take care of it well these following days, as I heard that’s the most tricky and troublesome part. :S

 

That’s my tattoo artist, Ron Smith. I’d say, he’s really professional about what he’s doing. Although he’s too cool and too quiet to be friendly to me, I didn’t worry or hesitate about what he’s doing throughout the process. I knew I was in good hands. You can check out his portfolio here. I’ll definitely recommend him to whoever’s getting a tattoo at Funhouse!

So yea, that’s basically what I’d like to share and clarify about my tattoo. Hope you accept why I’m doing it and how sure I am about the decision. Till then, ciao! πŸ™‚

  • Anonymous

    That's ironic. You're not supposed to mark your own body with markings issn't it.

  • Hi Wendy,

    I stumbled upon this blog, and although I am glad that you had decided to express your faith to God, I guess I have to agree with this post by "Anonymous". To be exact, its here:

    "Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the LORD." (Leviticus 19:28)

    Some people may argue that they do this as an appreciation to God, reminder to self, & proclamation to the world, but then again:

    "But Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams." (1 Samuel 15:22)

    Nevertheless, who am I to judge? Hope this comment will not crush your passion for God, but instead inspire & encourages you to investigate the Bible meticulously, because indeed it is the best love letter ever written, and if you do love God, it is just such a delight to read it over and over again with deepening emotions and convictions~

    Allow me to say, I am very proud of your courage to voice your commitment to God:

    "If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when He comes in His Father's glory with the holy angels." (Mark 8:38)

    If you are serious about professing your faith, the best way describe in the Bible is to be water-baptized (that is of course if you haven't been baptized yet).

    May you continue to grow in Faith, Hope, Love, Joy, & Peace; and be a blessing to those around you wherever you go~

    God Bless,
    Cheah Zhong Xiang
    Brother in Christ, also from Malaysia

  • MJ

    Hah, I'm so glad that this blog opens up to a discussion! Oh i love discussions. Maybe i am not a Christian who knows a lot of the Bible but like Cheah said maybe this can inspire and encourage you to investigate the Bible. Therefore, i see this tattoo as something else. You get my point? What if it brings you nearer to God? My take is that tatto-ing is a very subjective matter. You did not do it as a form of sacrifice. In your mind, does this tattoo shakes your Faith? Whats most important is still how you think of God and how you have Faith in Him. The rest comes naturally. If you have a very strong Faith, I don't think you'd feel sad now or wondering if you've done it right, (which i hope you are not)for you'd still be having the same great faith and even better, having more interest in getting to know more about God. This is a start!

    Some may disagree with me, I am no one to judge too, but am open to discussions! Your Faith is still what that matters, Wendy. God Bless!

    Guess who?
    MJV!

  • You know what Wendy? Faith is a very individual thing. Don't let someone tell you what you should do or what you shouldn't do to be a better Christian.

    I've known people who goes to church every Sunday, even teaches in Sunday schools, but were hypocrites themselves, telling lies and spreading vile stories. No – they don't have tattoo on themselves, but does that makes them a better Christian? No.

    Like MJ said – tattoo is a very subjective matter, and it should not be something that determines whether you are a good Christian or not.

    You're never out to do bad to other people nor intentionally hurt anyone. You're one of the most loving and selfless person I know. THAT, my dear, is the reflection of a good Christian.

    God bless!
    Cindy

  • Anonymous

    Well it's a good thing you aren't the type of Christian that goes to church or reads the bible because it strictly says not to get tattoos.