About My Tattoo

24 March 2017


So. I got a tattoo. It's my first tattoo. You've probably worked that out from the title already, though. I got it when I went down to visit Saph, who made the appointment for me (thanks bae!)

I'd thought about them for a while, but any idea I've had, I quickly grew bored of and thought 'phew, thank God I never went through with that!'. Plus, I know my mum isn't fond of tattoos, and that has grounded me a lot when it's come to them.
I like how they look, I enjoy looking at people who are covered in them, I think they're a beautiful form of artwork, and can allow you a glimpse into someone's soul. I never thought that I'd ever have the guts to get one, but I knew that if I did, then it would have to hold some meaning for me.

For a month, I'd really thought about this. I was scrolling through Google images when I saw one that stuck out to me. It was in a cursive font, but it read "Be Excellent To Each Other."

"Be Excellent To Each Other"? Yes. This is a quote from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, which is an 80's classic and if you haven't seen it, then you need to A. S. A. P.

There are two films, and I love them.
I more than love them. They're my favourite. They're what I watch when I feel down, they're what I watch when I'm ridiculously bored. They're what I quote to my friends and think of when I air guitar. I adore Bill and Ted. And that's why this was my perfect tattoo.

But, it goes deeper than that.

I live by the quote 'Be Excellent To Each Other" (not so much the 'party on dudes' because I'm quite an introvert.) I always try to be a good person, even when I'm given good reason not to be. I get excited when somebody makes a B+T reference around me, or when someone so much as mentions that they've seen the film/s. Everyone around me is sick of me mentioning them, but I'm they're first thought once they see something related to them.

I remember one time I was sitting in the food court at Buchanan Galleries, and as my friends and I had finished our food, a guy came up to us, and asked if he could take our tray away. We said yes, and I remember he turned around and said 'Be Excellent To Each Other'. I basically froze and couldn't find the words to say 'Party on dudes'.

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and Bogus Journey are incredible. I don't mean to sound bias when I say this, but they're truly works of art. They follow the story of Bill S. Preston Esq. and Ted "Theodore" Logan, who have formed a 'band' called the Wyld Stallyns. They need to pass their history report, but they're not the brightest crayons in the box (think of Wayne's World.) If they don't pass, they'll flunk high school, and Ted will be sent to Colonel Oat's Military Academy in Alaska, which is most heinous. Suddenly a visitor from the future appears who informs them that they must pass, as Wyld Stallyns' music will restore universal harmony and align the planets. He gives them a telephone box that can travel anywhere through history (it's not bigger on the inside) and thus, the journey begins. My description makes is sound awful, but believe me, it's not.

The films mean a lot to me, and they've been a huge part of my life for almost 7 years now, however, I've enjoyed them for a lot longer than that. They're funny, they're not too long and they're easy watching. Plus, who doesn't love a good 80s movie featuring Napoleon wanting to build a water slide?!

That's the reasons behind my tattoo: I love the Bill and Ted films, and it's a quote I live my life by.

But, why did I choose my left wrist?

Now, you could get all analytical and realise that there is a myth that the ring finger holds a vein that's the closest direct vein to the heart and thus this brings the quote closer to my heart, but truthfully, it was just the first place I thought of to get it. Initially, I wanted to get it somewhere else, but the more I tried to think of the best place, the more I pictured it on my wrist.

Before you ask, no, it truly did not hurt. Like it was a mild irritation, sort of like when you get a piercing but that was it. Painless. It still feels weird to think this is permemantly on my body now, because getting it felt like a dream. But it's real, and I'm really happy with it. I'm thinking that my pain tolerance but just be very high in my forearms considering my other arm was backsplashed with 180 degree oil while I worked in a fish and chip shop and felt no pain (with no damage to my nerves) but a lower tolerance elsewhere (ie my chest, where I got my microdermals. Still the most painful thing I've gone through.) Idk.

Everyone keeps telling me I'm going to want more and more now, but at the moment I'm genuinely okay (though I'm aware it will happen, seeing as it happened with my piercings!) I jokingly thought I should get the word 'station' written on my other wrist to add to the Bill and Ted quotes, but nah.

Anyway, this was a long winded way of saying that I got a Bill and Ted reference as my first tattoo, and I love it. Because Bill and Ted is my favourite thing in the world. Perhaps I'll write another post giving a full, indepth explanation for my love of Bill and Ted? We'll see.

Until next time, be excellent to each other.

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