Ice Breaker – National Tattoo Story Day


Tattoos are like stories – they’re symbolic of the important moments in your life. Sitting down, talking about where you got each tattoo and what it symbolizes, is really beautiful.

Pamela Anderson

Most weeks on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question on Fridays. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

Total is National Tattoo Story Day.  Today’s Stretched Ice Breaker question is inspired by this special holiday.

Question:  What’s your tattoo story?

My Answer:  I don’t have any tattoos, but I’m always a little curious about the reasons people get their tattoos.  It’s unlikely that I would ever get a tattoo for two reasons:

  1. I hate needles.  Seriously, I don’t like them.  Why would I put myself through the process of sticking myself over and over again with needles?
  2. I’m not confident I could pick something to permanently mark on my skin that I would like for the rest of my life.  For one, my skin is likely to change (stretch or sag), and a tattoo that once looked amazing might look pretty creepy some day in the future.  Secondly, my interests and tastes are likely to change over time.

Both of my brothers have tattoos, and they have their own stories.

My Grandpa Stolpe had a couple of tattoos that were used to line of the radiation beams when he was being treated for cancer.

If for some reason I were to get a tattoo, I’d probably get a cross on my thigh with the following references incorporated into the artwork:

  • Hebrews 12:1-3 (Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.)
  • Colossians 4:2-6 (Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.  Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.  Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.)
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 (Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.)
  • I Corinthians 9:24 (Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.)

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