When you start a blog and put yourself out there, you at first feel a sense of trepidation about how you might be perceived. But one of the first comments I received really put me at ease knowing that strangers would understand what I’m about:
“The commitment to the tattoos is obviously beyond the norm … but he doesn’t let them become his look.” - Paul
I’m always going to get comments and remarks about my tattoos. To be honest I don’t care if they’re positive or negative because in the end, they are personal and meaningful to me. I don’t need to show the world they are there, I already know.
One of my most meaningful tattoos I have is “SELF MADE” across my upper knuckles. Yes I know a lot of people have it and that’s fine but I hope they have it for similar reasons. We don’t get to choose where we are born or to whom but it’s our decision to learn, progress and move forward. I hope that if I have failed, I have learned from my mistakes. Self made is doing it the hard way and coming out on top and once your there you don’t stop but you keep going, even if you get knocked back down.
Tattoos come in different shapes, styles, forms and with different meanings and to be able to look at them as a reminder of victory is the greatest feeling of strength and drive to keep going.
Jared Acquaro is a menswear blogger at A Poor Man’s Millions based in Melbourne.
Illustration by Oslo Davis.