A picture is worth a thousand words… and a tattoo, a thousand more.
We are so lucky to work in an office that is a never-ending source of inspiration. From the minds in their heads to the clothes on their bodies, and of course the permanent works of art on their skin, every person that graces this office seems to have such a unique story to tell. This week, Jana and I went around the office to document some Free People girls and their tattoos, along with the inspiration or meaning behind each one. I swear, we are blown away by the uniqueness and creativity of the people in the office more and more each day!
“This is my 1st and only tattoo. I traveled out west a lot growing up, and lived in Colorado one summer about 3 years ago. I’m from Florida, so being surrounded by mountains every day was something that was so refreshing. I took a road trip that summer from Boulder down to Santa Fe, New Mexico. Driving down the open road, with vast land on both sides and music playing, I didn’t want that car to stop. Those views are forever engraved in my mind, and that road trip was the perfect ending to one of the best summers I’ve ever had. Whenever I think back to that time, I get a feeling I can’t exactly explain. It’s a mixture of nostalgia, happiness, and pure joy. I wanted to design a tattoo that represented that feeling and that road trip, and it took me quite some time to figure out exactly what I wanted. A few full sketch books later and I finally figured it out.” -Jana, Blog Writer
“Horses remind me of my parents and what free spirits they are, especially when no one is looking! I aim to be more like them– wild and free!” -Monica, Assistant Graphic Designer
“This is my most recent tattoo, and it wasn’t exactly planned. I was going through a rough patch and one day while out walking I just stopped into a tattoo parlor and these lyrics were stuck in my head. It’s originally from a Sleater-Kinney song but I was introduced to the line by Pearl Jam. They tag one of their songs with a beautiful rendition.. it’s just the simple lines ‘my whole life like a picture on a sunny day’ and some dreamy guitar, and before you know it it’s over. For me, it’s meant to be a positive reinforcement – a constant reminder of how lucky I am and all the amazing things around me, instead of focusing on the negative.” -Julia, Editorial Manager
“Every Friday night for the last 30 years or more, my entire family, 6 aunts, 4 uncles, 11 cousins; would pile into 4125, my grandparent’s house, where we would share a huge meal, stories, laughs, and memories. Myself and a few of my cousins have matching tattoos, all subliminally reading ’4125.’ It’s a reminder of who we really are, those who raised and protected us, those who are no longer with us, and where we came from. Our bloodline.” -Pam, Designer
“I never felt the cowgirl received enough attention. The only cowgirl I heard about growing up was Annie Oakley. It was always the cowboy. The cowgirls spirit and images of bravery and confidence always inspired me.” -Ali, Vintage Buyer
“My ‘tattoo’ is of the little ‘chapeau’ from the French Book Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I grew up reading that book in English, and then studied it all throughout college because of my French major. The ‘hat’ is actually a drawing that the Little Prince makes of a boa constrictor who has swallowed an elephant, but every adult who sees his drawing thinks that it is a hat. He is discouraged by the lack of creativity and imagination of the adults who see the drawing. It will be a reminder to stay creative and keep a good imagination. :)” -Calley, Wholesale Buying Assistant
If you’re thinking about getting a tattoo but aren’t quite sure of the placement or something like that, one thing you can do is test it out by drawing it onto different spots of your body. If you find yourself falling more and more in love with it each day, you’ll know it’s right! That’s exactly what Calley (shown directly above) is in the process of doing! Calley’s “tattoo” is actually just drawn on with pen at the moment, but she’s hoping to make the jump in the next few weeks. :)
What were your tattoos inspired by? We’d love to hear!
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