What motivated me to get my tattoo? A lot of things. I’m Irish by birth and never really appreciated my heritage, because when I was little I always thought it was normal for people to have half of their family living in another country.
It never struck me until after my grandfather died and I visited Ireland with my grandmother that I was lucky to have all that I do, especially when it comes to my family. Even if some of them are across the ocean, we’re always there for each other. And my tattoo is something that has always been a family motto of ours, throughout all of the good and bad times: Maireann croÃ Ã©adrom i bhfad – A light heart lives longest, in gaelic. Because it’s true, you know?
So this is a tribute to my family, my heritage, my life. That’s why the letters curve in a way, to give it a sense of whimsy, so that I always remember that not everything is going to be perfect, not everything SHOULD be perfect — and I think everybody should remember that. A light heart lives longest! Let the little things go, it’s not worth it.
Inked by Jack Lenz: Artistic Dermagraphics, Boardman, Ohio.