Optimism Tattoos

Chloe Ferry


Chloe Ferry has a tattoo of a chicken drumstick on her left middle finger. Even though it’s silly, she explained that the tattoo keeps her optimistic. “The reason a got the chicken tattoo is when ever am down a just think you can get chicken nuggets from macdonalds for 2.99,” she tweeted. (more…)

    Marzia Bisognin

    Marzia got this tattoo on her left forearm in September 2015. The writing, which says “La casa sulla luna” in her native language Italian, means “The house on the moon” in English. It’s a phrase from the book We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, which has helped Marzia to deal with her social anxiety. The house on the the moon is a metaphor for a feeling of safety. On her blog she explained:

    But this topic brings me to the next tattoo: “La casa sulla luna”, which translated is “The house on the moon”.

    This refers to my social anxiety: once again, you know I struggle with it, and it used to be really really bad. This sentence comes from one of my favourite books, “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”, where the protagonist, after going through a tragedy, can never leave the house without feeling observed and judged by people.

    If you have social anxiety you know that feeling very well: as soon as you leave your safe place, it feels like everybody is staring at you, and you just want to hide from the world.

    In the story, the girl would imagine her safe place in her head (the house on the moon) while being outside, just so that thought could be somewhat comforting to her. And so I tried it myself, I would think about it as well while leaving the house, or when I was in uncomfortable situations, and it helped me greatly.

    That’s why it’s on my body, it’s a constant reminder that I can do it, it’s all in my head, and if I think about positive things instead of letting my dark thoughts come to mind, everything will be fine.

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    India Westbrooks


    India Westbrooks had a motivational tattoo on her left bicep saying:
    “she made pain look beautiful she found peace among the chaos. she wore a smile in situations where most would cry she held the weight of the world on her shoulders and never complained. she’s the one with the angel eyes ready to raise hell for those who take her lightly she’s a flower with thorns that have since made her untouchable shes the queen with warrior in her blood”.

    Dej Loaf


    Dej Loaf got this “GOOD VIBES.” tattoo on her right wrist in 2015. It is a reminder to stay positive. “Got it to remind myself every day to keep my good vibes flowing,” she writes.

      Acacia Brinley Clark


      In August 2015 Acacia Brinley got a tattoo on her arm to represent staying positive even when things don’t go as planned. It says “The Show Must Go Wrong” which is a quote from Chris Pratt’s character Andy Dwyer in the television series Parks and Recreation, Acacia’s favorite show.

      She explains: “As most of you would know, I have a very unhealthy obsession with the TV show ‘Parks and Recreation’. That show has made me laugh in the saddest of times for the past 4-5 years. Its always been the thing I turn to and it means the whole world to me. I have never felt this way about another object that isn’t human. So, I took one of my favorite lines and it got it tattooed in a place I will often see it. ‘The show must go wrong.’ Other than being a line from my favorite tv show said by one of my favorite characters, it symbolizes all the hardship I’ve been dealing with for past several years. The line after this one is ‘everything always goes wrong and you just have to deal with it’. Life can be (more than) rough sometimes and you really have to keep pushing through because (forgive me for being cheesy but) things get better and I really wanted to be reminded of that on a consistent basis. If you’re ever looking for a new show to watch, I promise you Park&Rec will not disappoint you. There’s 6 seasons on Netflix! LOVE YOU GUYS!”