T is for Tattoos (Nerdy Ones, Of Course!)

What’s the best way to let people know what a nerd (or dork) you are, on the off-chance the way you look isn’t enough? Nerdy tattoos!

I’ve shared a couple of my tattoos on this blog before, but since today is “T” for the A to Z Challenge, I shall share them again, as well as the others that I didn’t share.

I got my first tattoo during my third-life crisis. After giving it much consideration for about a week, I decided to get my son’s name tattooed on the inside of my wrist. It’s in the Tengwar alphabet, Quenya mode, which you may recognize if you’re a Lord of the Rings fan.

(I’ve had exactly one person recognize the origin of my tattoos in two years–that was a guy who is considerably dorkier than me…so cool as hell IMO…who works in the local video game store.)

I stayed up for hours during that week learning what I could about the language so I wouldn’t translate Little Man’s name wrong, plus downloading various font packages and playing around with them on GIMP. There is more than one way to translate it, so making sure I did it right was important (after all, I don’t want ‘poopy face’ tattooed on my wrist!). I’m sure there’s a chance that it’s wrong–and if you are fluent and it’s something that doesn’t make sense, I’d rather not know–but here is the first tattoo:


I got the second tattoo shortly after the first one, also during the third-life crisis, because I didn’t like that my wrists seemed unbalanced. Good reasoning, huh? It (supposedly) says “love” (again, if I messed it up, I don’t wanna know, ignorance is bliss!):


After I got pregnant, I couldn’t get anymore tattoos for a while. Apparently it’s frowned upon for knocked up women to get ink (that and health reasons). So after Baby Girl was born, I realized that I needed to get her name tattooed as well, but I was unsure of where to put it since my other wrist was occupied (dammit). I decided to add in my grandmother’s and our first baby’s initials, as well as Baby Girl’s, with Little Man’s and wrap it around my wrist:

Why, yes, I do have a lot of freckles.

And since that clearly wasn’t enough ink to get at once, I also decided to go ahead and get Tolkien’s writer’s symbol and the quote “not all those who wander are lost” (part of a poem from The Fellowship of the Ring) tattooed on my leg. I originally wanted the tree of Gondor, the writer’s symbol, and “All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost,” so I think it was a good compromise.


Thank god I found this so I didn’t have to shave my leg for you people!

“You’re done now, right?” my husband asked after that one.

“Yeah, probably.”

Nope. A few months later, it struck me that I needed a tattoo paying homage to Shakespeare. Since Hamlet is my favorite (so cliche, I know), I decided to get Hamlet’s last spoken line and a quill tattooed on my arm:


And that’s all I have, for now. I’ve decided that I’ll add to the quill tattoo to get a half sleeve on my arm and have been over some ideas for that, but since tattoos can be rather expensive, that won’t be happening anytime within the next two weeks.


26 thoughts on “T is for Tattoos (Nerdy Ones, Of Course!)

  1. myambivalentexistence says:

    I love tattoos :). I have the London skyline on my ankle , a tattoo wedding ring, and a hello kitty bow :). I’m getting a half sleeve San Francisco soon !

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    • Anxious Mom says:

      Oooh those sound sweet! My husband and I talked about wedding ring tats (since we can’t lose them), but he didn’t go for that.


  2. Love these. I really want tats. I actually want to eventually get several. Maybe even once for each part of the system. But I haven’t decided on anything with enough conviction to pull the trigger. Maybe next year. Lol.

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    • Anxious Mom says:

      Haha “maybe next year” now that is some serious procrastination 😉

      I know what you mean…that’s why I got something personal (to start with). I can’t very well say I regret getting a tattoo of my kid’s name! Not out loud anyway 😉

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      • Yeah I hear that. I am just…it’s hard to explain, but because I’m a “new” part, it’s hard to understand what my identity is. So it’s like…I don’t want to make an error that I (or another part) will end up hating because it doesn’t “fit” with us anymore. Probably over-thinking this.

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        • Anxious Mom says:

          When it comes to something permanent/expensive to fix or remove, there is no overthinking it IMO! On the off chance I ever hate mine, I’ve made sure I can cover them up (watch, shirt sleeve, etc.) so I don’t have to look at them.

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        • True. That’s a good plan. I’ve thought about getting something small behind an ear. Maybe something related to my zodiac or a lotus symbol. Not terribly committal and not terribly noticeable, either.

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        • Anxious Mom says:

          Cool! I wonder how painful that spot would be. I keep thinking it will get better with each new one but no…the wimp lives on 😉

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