One of the hardest things people have to do in life is move on. Whether someone’s significant other broke up with them or someone close has passed on to the next life, the emotional pain can be unbearable. People search for many ways to deal with the pain, but not everyone is able to accept it and move on. Danielle Fewer of Haddonfield, NJ has found her way of moving on.
In the state of New Jersey, the legal age to get a tattoo without parental consent is 18-years-old. At 20-years-old, Danielle already has five.
With five tattoos and counting, Danielle is no stranger to the tattoo gun. Her artwork is placed across her heart, wrists, and left shoulder blade that will last a lifetime. With no end for permanent art in sight, I got in touch with Danielle this week to talk about her pieces and why she decided to get them.
Q: Describe your tattoos and where they are on your body.
A: I have my biological mom’s initials with her birth and death date across my heart. I never met my mom, so this was my way to honor her because she is my role model. I have “To err is human; To forgive, divine” on my wrists because i went through some really tough times when I was 12-13 years old and the only way i could “get over it” was by forgiving him. I heard this quote in the middle of the whole ordeal and it always stuck with me.
I have “strength” with an infinity symbol around it below the “To forgive, divine” because being strong has been the only choice I’ve had to deal with what I’ve had to deal with in my life. This tattoo is a reminder for me to be strong when it seems like I can’t be and it takes a lot of strength to forgive someone.
Lastly, I have a red rose in the shape of a heart on my left shoulder blade to honor my mom because she had a tattoo of a red rose on her left shoulder, which was her favorite flower. I added the shape of a heart because even though I never met her, I will always love her.
Q: Where did you get your tattoos done and how long did they take to do?
A: My tattoos were done at Body Graphics in Philadelphia, Body Art in Stratford, NJ, a friend of my girlfriend’s, and a tattoo party. My “To err is human; To forgive divine” tattoo took about a half hour to complete and my “strength” tattoo took about 5-10 minutes to finish.
My Mom’s initials and birth and death dates tattoo took about a half hour and the red rose tattoo took about two hours to finish and it was the most painful out of the rest of my tattoos. The cost of each tattoo ranged from around $30 to atmost $200. I definitely want another tattoo on my upper arm, but I was also thinking about getting one on the back of my neck, on my ankle, or behind my ear.
Q: How do people react to your tattoos and has your opinion changed about them?
A: People do not really react to my tattoos in a positive way. They usually get annoyed that i choose places on my body for tattoos that make it difficult to cover up for work, like my wrists.
The only change that I would do if I could have them done all over again would be the placement of each tattoo because it is frustrating and difficult to try to buy clothes for job interviews and always having to wear long sleeves if I was offered the job.
Q: Do you have any advice for people looking to get tattoos?
A: My advice to people tattoo shopping would be to make your artwork meaningful and always go to a professional. Getting a tattoo from a friend or at a tattoo party is cheaper, but you get what you pay for.