You read right. I have a backwards Arabic tattoo. Not only that, the letters aren’t even joined together as they should be.
Why??..you must be wondering.
Sigh….me and my bright ideas.
Well, a couple of months after I finished high school in Miami..my three best friends and I decided that we wanted to get tattoos. We did research, we brainstormed, we really tried our best come up with something meaningful. Finally, we settled on the four elements (Earth, Air, Water, Fire) and tried to link each person in the group to their element (I got Earth).
You know..4 elements..4 friends..1 whole. Yeah. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Where did it all go wrong? Well, your girl here (what can I say? I wasn’t always this smart) decided to get our tattoos in ARABIC!
Did we have any Arabic speaking friends? NO.
Did we have anyone who could verify that our google translate version of Arabic words that we printed out for the tattoo artist were correctly spelled? NO.
But THAT didn’t phase us! And we got them anyway. We thought having Arabic tattoos would make us look “exotic.” You know, a la Angelina Jolie.
Fast forward 5 years, and I find myself living in the Arab world with a backwards Arabic tattoo on my ankle..explaining this idiotic story to a girl sitting next to me while we get our pedicures. Which is what inspired me to put this post together.
FACT: For the first few months that I lived in Lebanon, I wouldn’t leave the house unless I had a band aid covering my embarrassing tattoo. I just couldn’t take the stares, the questions, and the perplexed look/head tilt as-they-try-to-figure-out-what-my-tattoo-says. And now, here I am exposing my stupidity to the world. I think I’ve made progress!
FACT: I already looked into getting it removed. But at $2500 and no guarantee, it hardly seems worth it. I think I’ll keep it to remind me to always stay grounded. You know..Earth…ground.. Ahh forget it! 😉
Needless to say, I’m never getting another tattoo.
What is the stupidest thing you’ve ever done?