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Following My Bliss

This is the story of my second tattoo, my beautiful ribs. I found Senses Fail early in high school. The vocalist, Buddy Nielson, has a tattoo on his chest that reads “Follow Your Bliss.” Normally I’d think nothing of this since most of the musicians I like are relatively covered in tattoos, but he references the quote in two different songs on separate albums. Most notably (for me anyway) is “Follow Your Bliss, it reads on my chest, I knew I got it tattooed for a reason, why can’t I just hold it true?” After hearing both songs, I looked ... read more

Using My Illusion

Eleven years ago, in March of 1999, when I was eighteen years old, I had an idea for a tattoo that I had not seen on anyone I knew, although I was sure I was not the first person to come up with the idea. I wanted to get an armband of sheet music. I was a huge Guns N' Roses fan, and decided that I wanted to get the first few bars of the song, "November Rain" tattooed around my arm. A centerpiece for the armband would be on the outer part of my upper arm, which would be ... read more

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