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On being a heavily-tattooed parent in the "white picket fence" suburbs

Tattooing has been around for thousands of years. It is one of the oldest forms of art, laden with as many different meanings as there are global cultures. And they're all fun and games when you are young and carefree — society is more likely to accept your tattoos and move on with their lives. But I have found that the rules change when you become parents.

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How do you reconcile your tattoo needs with those of your partners?

In the span of our relationship, I have developed moderate myalgic encephalomyelitis. I've also been clinically depressed since I was about 15. Between the two of those things, there are a LOT of days when it seems easier to give up than keep going. And that's where the "inspirational tattoo" would come in. When I told my husband what I was thinking, he was clearly swallowing a lot of objections…

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My tattoo is beautiful… so why am I regretting it?

Earlier this year, I decided to go ahead with my plans for a half-sleeve tattoo. The tattoo itself is beautiful, and for a very long time I was happy with it, but now I'm feeling some regrets. I don't want to get rid of it; I want to love it. I want to learn how to accept not only this part of my body, but other parts of myself.