10 January, 2012
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!