Me & my life

The meaning behind my new tattoo

July 5, 2017


I feel like it has been so long coming, and I have been waiting to write another blog post like this for the longest time… but I finally got a new tattoo! If anyone has followed me or my blog for some time, you will know that I am no stranger to having tattoos. I have another one on my wrist which is a semi-colon and represents my battle with mental health (you can read my post about it here). But after much thought, I finally decided what I wanted my next tattoo to be, and I finally was able to get it last Friday.

If you have read my post regarding the Manchester attack last month, or my ‘One Love’ concert experience, you will know that I wrote about my experiences of being at both and how I have dealt with what happened that night. After the attack, I noticed that a lot of people opted for the ‘workers bee’ tattoo, or alternatively, the Manchester attack memorial ribbon which floated round the internet the day after the attack.

Initially, I didn’t want either tattoo as I didn’t want to have something permanently inked on my body which reminded me of the horror of that night. As much as I wanted to get something which remembered the victims of the tragedy, I also didn’t want to get a tattoo referring to it especially for the wrong reasons.

However, after attending Ariana’s ‘One Love’ concert at the beginning of June, I suddenly saw a different side to the tragedy. As awful, upsetting, and horrific as it was, I came to the realisation that love really does conquer hate. As I was standing there at the concert, I felt a sense of unity, courage, inspiration and strength; and this is exactly what drew me to getting the Manchester memorial ribbon tattoo.

My tattoo doesn’t represent the tragedy as such- but is a remembrance for those whose lives were cruelly taken that night. Who, like me, just went to an Ariana concert to see their favourite artist perform and have a good time. My tattoo is a reminder that love wins, and is a lot bigger than hate. A reminder of strength, unity, courage, and inspiration.

Because we should fight evil with love, not evil with evil.

Love and happiness always,

xo, Becca

  1. It still breaks my heart to think about what happened that night and even a month later everything still seems so surreal. I was planning on getting a very small tattoo, similar to yours but i’m still unsure. The ‘One Love’ concert really did make me have a new perspective on what happened and made me see the positive side of it, but i still feel as though the tattoo would only remind me of the night and the horror that we experienced. I don’t know, might get one at some point. I don’t want to remember the concert for what happened after, i wish i could erase it from my memory but then again at the same time i want to remember the fellow concert-goers that we lost that night. Love u lots and so happy you got out safe.

  2. This is such a beautiful tribute to those who have lost their lives and have been effected by this. It’s such a tragic event but we’ve shown that love always wins. Lovely post! Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. Such a beautiful tribute. I remember the night of the attack and being aware of the fact you were there and jumping straight to your instagram in worry. I cannot begin to fathom how you felt, what you saw and how others have been affected. You are a courageous and amazing individual my darling and this just proves it xxx

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