I’m for sure hiding this from my mom🤣

I have always love to hear the meaning or stories behind tattoos. I have 7 in total and really only plan to get one more which you will easily be able to guess after seeing the others! All my tattoos I gotten I have either gone to Josh at Backwoods or Colt at Blue line except for the one that I got in Houston, TX with my sister-in-laws.

Tattoo #1

Semicolon inside my middle finger.

Meaning behind the tattoo: A semicolon tattoo is a tattoo of the semicolon punctuation mark (;) used as a message of affirmation and solidarity against suicide, depression, addiction, and other mental health issues. I have grappled with mental illness much of my life and I lost my father because of his mental illness. I did get the tattoo while my father was still alive though. It reminds me to practice empathy in tough situations because you just never know what someone is going through, it’s a conversation starter, and a symbol that just because you feel a certain way right now, does not mean this is how things will be forever.

Tattoo #2

Arrows inside my right ring finger (see pic above)

Symbolic to always keep moving forward and looking ahead. Reminder not to dwell on the past but be hopeful of what the future holds.

Tattoo #3

Cross inside my left middle finger

Kind of a basic girl tattoo but more of my “faith” tattoo for lack of better words. Follower of Jesus.

Tattoo #4

Outline of a mountain scape between my shoulders below my neck.

I got this tattoo after my father died. He always said he wanted his ashes spread in the mountains at Wayah Bald in North Carolina so that is exactly what I did. I put it on my back because it is symbolic of things that we carry. I’ve always loved the quote about “these mountains you are carrying, you were only meant to climb” …. I carry A LOT. This tattoo is definitely in remembrance of my father, where he died, where I spread his ashes, and a lot of the things I carry surrounding his death.

Tattoo #5

My wedding date in Morse code down my spine.

This one is pretty self explanatory. I really wanted a tattoo that was significant for my husband and I. I love minimalist tattoos and this just fit the bill.

Tattoo #6

The letters E & J on the inside of my left wrist.

These are my daughters initials. I wanted to get something for her. It is a very dainty tattoo in cursive writing. (About a month later I found out i was pregnant again so now I would like to get one with my son’s initials as well but have not decided on where exactly yet).

Tattoo #7

Three interwoven triangles inside my ankle

I got this tattoo with both of my sister in laws. The triangle signifies 3 of us. There are 3 triangles in total and they weave into each other which symbolizes the family growing and the 3 of us now being connected.


If I had to go back and redo anything, I would have opted out of both the cross & arrow tattoo and I would have had my daughter’s initials placed somewhere else. Especially now that I have a second child.

All of mine are so small and dainty that none of them really hurt.

One tattoo that I will likely get is my son’s initials. The only other tattoo I could see myself getting would be something for my mom.

I would love to hear about tattoos you have or something you have always wanted to get🤍

Published by Kathleen Pielhop - Midwest Mama -Creator

I took over my father’s blog September of 2017 after losing his battle with mental illness. This blog was originally to share my journey through grieving, finding peace, and trusting God in the process...and in many ways is exactly that. This has evolved into life as a family of 4 with 2 dogs, living in the Midwest. I will cover everything from fashion to our family routines. Join us on this crazy adventure!

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