my tattoos: part two

remember when i told you guys about my first tattoo?
here’s the story behind my second:
i got this one about a month after my 19th birthday, just under a year after my first one. i thought about this tattoo for about six months before i got it.
it’s faded a bit since i got it. getting it touched up
has been on my to-do list for about
2 years. someday, i’ll actually do it.

this one is a dove of peace. it’s on the right side of my rib cage, which you can kind of tell from the second photo. out my three tattoos, this one was the most sore afterwards. it pretty much felt like i got kicked in the ribs…for about five days straight. it was worth it though 🙂
this tattoo has a few layers of meaning. first, in the Christian faith, a dove represents the holy spirit, following the story of the spirit descending on Jesus when he was baptized in the Jordan River. second, i chose to have the branch in the mouth as a representation of the promise of the holy spirit living in me (think: the story of noah sending out the dove to find a branch and the dove returning with one, telling noah that the water had receded, as God promised it would). third, the branch is green, making it look like it’s living, to represent that the holy spirit is alive in me. and fourth (i told you there was a lot of meaning), i chose to get it on my ribs because that spot is about as close to my “soul” as i could get.
so, there you have it. tattoo number two.

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  1. Kate wrote:


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  2. Sarah wrote:

    I've wanted a tattoo for a while. As a Christian I worried about getting one because of the way I was raised. Like you I would get something meaningful to my relationship with God and also my struggle with anxiety. Thanks for showing your tattoos and letting me realize its totally ok for me to get one.

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  3. Hi I'm Deb wrote:

    i thought christians couldn't get tattoos as it's against the bible. Lol. but its nice 🙂

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    • { lauren } wrote:

      some people think that because of the verse (leviticus 19:28) that says you shouldn't put marks of ink on your body…which actually refers to people that were participating in pagan rituals at the time and disobeying God. it can easily be taken out of context!

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  4. Love the simple design and the meaning behind the tattoo.

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  5. Michelle wrote:

    Love this! I was raised in a very strict Christian church and taught that any kind of tattoos or defilment to the body is sin since the body is the temple of God.

    But I don't have a problem with tattoos. And it took me years to come to that conclusion. And I absolutely love yours!

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  6. Tabitha wrote:

    I love your tattoos and I know because of the meaning behind them and the expression it is of your complete faith in God He doesn't look at them as a defilement of your body only.He knows your heart and same goes for those who get tattooed that have zero meaning! Only He knows our hearts so its.not for us to.judge:) love love love your blog and your knowledge of scripture such a great example of a true follower. Of Christ:)

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  7. Anonymous wrote:

    love this tattoo!! I have a similar one on my foot and a different one on my ribs, the ribs def hurt the most!

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  8. Marissa wrote:

    Lauren, I love your tattoos – they're very creative. But I especially like the meaning they hold for you. In my faith, (LDS), having tattoos is well… taboo. Although, as a rebellious teenager, I got one anyway. It's a butterfly on my back & for me it serves as an homage to my grandfather who died that love different species of butterflies. It's a daily reminder that I will be with him again one day. 🙂

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  9. that is a neat tattoo with some amazing meanings!!! I love knowing it is all about your faith. I wish more people would be open to having their faith out in the open like you!!


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  10. Jamie wrote:

    So pretty!

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  11. As weird as it is to say, gosh I love this little series. It's a beautiful tattoo, and loved the layered meaning. Thanks for sharing about the sore ribs- I'm considering one there, and had no idea about soreness!

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  12. Kimberly wrote:

    That is major pretty. I love the lines and how the make the dove. So simple. I love the green in the leaves. Plus I love all it symbols.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Kate wrote:

    Love the simplicity and the meanings behind it!

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