artwork and tattoos done by Mikey Wheeler of The Mercy Seat in Kansas City
When I first met my husband, I was in my early 20's and I had been getting tattooed for a few years already. I had maybe four tattoos done and for the most part they were done in the traditional style with lots of color. I remember the first time I saw Justin (he thinks it's crazy that I still remember this but I do!). I was with my boyfriend at the time and we were in Columbia to see a show. Justin met up with us with his girlfriend at the time and I remember looking at him and thinking "oh my god his tattoos are so cool!" Something so trivial, but it stuck with me, ya know?
So the years passed and Justin and I were still friends, but we lived in different states and didn't really talk. My tattoo journey (I guess that's what you wanna call it?) continued and I got more and more stuff done in his style--all black, lots of line work. About ten years after we first met, when we got together we almost look like we planned it. Our tattoos are very similar and I love that.
Ask anyone who has lots of tattoos and they will tell you that they are a big part of their life. It's the same for Justin and me. It's not that tattoos identify us, it's that they are part of who we are. We knew we wanted to get something done to commemorate our wedding, but we couldn't really think of an idea that was meaningful or not silly. We ended up coming up with about five or six ideas (Justin actually got all or our ideas because he liked them so much). These are the two we both got.
Pizza. It might seem silly to some, but we served pizza at our wedding and I had something engraved in Justin's wedding ring that says something about pizza. He loves pizza, so it was fitting that we both get that. His pizza has wavy crust on top, mine has straight...I went with the minimalistic pizza.
This one is by far my favorite. I thought of this one and I'm so happy with how it came out. He got my glasses and I got his beard. I look at is as we kinda got portraits of each other, but not really. I love how they turned out and the meaning behind them. The other ideas we thought of were two paper planes flying together and an arrow, which Justin got. He also got our wedding date as one number: 9713.
What do you think? Would you ever get a tattoo to commemorate your wedding? Have you already? I'd love to know what you got!