10 January, 2012

Tattoo Tuesday: Mum's The Word

I have a feeling you’re going to like this week’s Tattoo Tuesday…it’s a big bright colourful one that took 2 sittings.


Like most of my tattoos, this one has a meaning but it’s one of the more special and meaningful tattoos that I have and it’s sort of a bit of a follow on from my Daddy’s Girl one.



This tattoo is for my mum. I got it started on Mother’s Day and had it finished a couple of weeks later. The script at the bottom reads Margaret Jean which is my mum’s name.

The woman depicted in the tattoo is Rosie the Riveter, made famous by WWII posters encouraging women to go to work. A symbol of independence and strength, Rosie was the poster girl that urged women to go to work and keep their country running while the men were away at war. A show of resilience and determination, these posters of Rosie also featured the slogan ‘We Can Do It!’

Fast forward a few centuries and you have my mother. A single mother of two, she worked 2 jobs and went to TAFE at the same time to try and better herself in order to get a better, higher paying job so that my sister and I were not left wanting for anything. She taught us to be strong and independent girls who knew the meaning of hard work and the value of a dollar.

She sacrificed so much and worked so hard so that my sister and I could have a good life. She is a strong and selfless woman who has been through a lot but holds her head high and is always thinking of others or lending a hand.

I am so grateful to her and I could never really find the words to show her just how much I appreciate all she has done for my sister and I. So as part of her Mother’s Day present, I hoped that indelibly etching her name and this symbol of female strength and independence into my arm, she would know that I am forever grateful and think of her and everything she did every time I look at it.

Today’s tattoo is also very apt timing as I happen to be catching up with my mum for lunch today!

10 comments (+add yours?)

Tony said...

That is a beautiful tattoo Sheri!
Even more so once you know the story behind it. Your Mum sounds like a great Lady, Her hard work has definitely rewarded her, I don't know your sister, but I imagine she is as great as you are (maybe not as colourful):)

You are very lucky to still have your mum, mine put all the hard work in, but didn't get to enjoy the final products :(

Hope you had a nice lunch!, It would be so hard to meet you and not just sit there staring at all your great pictures, I will be sad when you run out of tattoos to show us ;)

Sheri Bomb said...

Thanks Tony, she is pretty awesome :) haha and yes, my sister is just a great although you are correct in assuming the less colourful ;)

I'm sorry your mum is around to enjoy the results of all her hard work but from the way we have gotten to know each other through this blog I KNOW she would be very proud...how could she not!?

We did have a lovely lunch thank you, I suppose my mum is used to all of my pretty pictures haha Can't see me running out anytime soon...besides, I already have more tattoos planned soon ;)

Amy@MyLifeasaCake said...

I love all the complex levels of meaning integrated into your tattoo's. This one is particularly special and I'm sure your Mum is really touched.

Sheri Bomb said...

Thanks Amy, not all of them are so meaningful but most of them are and the ones that are I made sure I put A LOT of thought into as I wanted them to be perfect :) Yeah, the look on her face was pretty priceless!

Gillian for Tessie Girl said...

I love these tattoo posts!

AND, I think you're awesome, so I gave you a bloggy award thing...
http://tessiedesigncompany.blogspot.com/2012/01/so-universe-is-like-totally-awesome-and.html

Sheri Bomb said...

Wow Gillian thanks so much!! Your description of me and my blog made me blush (ok I might have love it a lot as well ;) I am VERY pleased to accept the award and will post my nominations shortly - how exciting!

Lady Daa Doo said...

What a fantastic tattoo!! I had a similar upbringing, single mum, 2 daughters, with lots of sacrifices. It was tough but I wouldn't change it for the world. I am so grateful for all my mother has done. We are a very close family.

This is a fabulous way to thank her your mum, because you are right, words are not enough.
Glad I found your blog!!!

iampisspot said...

I love your tattoo - your Mum sounds like an amazing woman!

I had a tattoo on my arm, in memory of my Mum - it hurt like hell, but I'm glad I got it.

Melissa {Suger} said...

Mother's are wonderful things. I love this. I'm sure Margaret Jean feels the same way. xo

Sheri Bomb said...

Thanks Lady Daa Doo :) I'm glad I found your blog too, looks like we have quite a bit in common!

pisspot I LOVE your blog so I'm VERY stoked to receive a comment from you, thanks for stopping by! No doubt the pain of the tat was totally worth it :)

Thanks Suger, they sure are and she sure is. It's pretty cute actually, she pretends not to like my tattoos but she always shows off 'her' tattoo to people ;)

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