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Last July, I finally went and got my Harry Potter tattoo. I love it -- even though it sometimes gets me eye rolls and disbelieving laughter. Because, for every eye roll, there's someone who gets SUPER EXCITED because I have a HARRY POTTER TATTOO! :D




Technical specs: Alohomora is the spell to unlock locks; the font is One Starry Night from dafont.com; it was done at Diablo Rojo, in Austin, TX.

Story behind it: From my research, the first time alohomora is used, it is cast by Hermione, in the first book. It's my personal belief that Hermione taught herself that spell, because what professor would teach a first year student the spell to unlock locks? That's just asking for trouble!

I like the idea that Hermione was already teaching herself, even during her first year at Hogwarts. I like to think that she knew, as a muggle, that she would have to fight extra hard to make it anywhere in the wizarding world. So, for me, the spell alohomora came to mean more than just unlocking locks -- it became about motivating yourself. (Cause Hermione unlocks her knowledge -- get it!?)

Hermione is also my favorite HP character; she's brainy and unapologetically so. She is the reason Ron and Harry made it all the way to the end. Her intelligence and ingenuity save them time and time again.

Plus -- and this is totally corny -- books unlock so many different places and lives and stories and adventures. Reading books -- especially the Harry Potter series -- has gotten me through so many difficult times in my life. I don't know where I would be without them!


Current Location:
Austin! It's weird!
Current Mood:
thoughtful thoughtful
Current Music:
The Head and the Heart -- Ghosts
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On May 11th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC), coldclarity commented:
Love it.
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On May 11th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Thank you! :D
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On May 12th, 2013 02:19 pm (UTC), coldclarity replied:
Two things; I'm loving the Hermione gif-fest, and what does your other foot say?
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On May 12th, 2013 05:57 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Always happy to bring the Hermione gifs! I have two tattoos on my other foot. The top of it says "Love only has ever been,is,and will ever be,So" (from a poem by E.E. Cummings) and the side of it (which you can't see in the photo) says "Stay Gold" (from the Outsiders).
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On May 12th, 2013 08:03 pm (UTC), coldclarity replied:
Awesome all round :)
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On May 13th, 2013 06:30 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Thank you. :]
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On May 11th, 2013 08:23 pm (UTC), cozmic_oceanz commented:
Awesome!
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On May 11th, 2013 08:42 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Thanks! :D
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On May 11th, 2013 09:31 pm (UTC), elsewhereangel commented:
Excellent - made more excellent by the reasoning behind it!
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On May 11th, 2013 09:34 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


:D Thank you very much!
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On May 11th, 2013 10:35 pm (UTC), elsewhereangel replied:
You seem like a lot of fun - would it be ok if I added you?
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On May 12th, 2013 01:16 am (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:
A new friend!?


SURE! :D Have to warn you though -- I'm not super, super active on LJ. But feel free to add me! I'll add you back. :]
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On May 11th, 2013 11:14 pm (UTC), truexillusions commented:
Looooove it! I love everything about it. :)
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On May 12th, 2013 01:17 am (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Thank you thank you! :] :]
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On May 12th, 2013 06:09 am (UTC), nightchild01 commented:
I LOVE this tattoo and I love your story behind it.
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On May 12th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Thank you very much! :D
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On May 12th, 2013 09:41 am (UTC), viirukissa commented:
i love the tattoo and the story! (and your shoes are super pretty as well!)
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On May 12th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Double thank you! :D That's very kind.
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On May 12th, 2013 02:38 pm (UTC), katrinaswift commented:
I LOVE IT. *grabby hands*
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On May 12th, 2013 05:45 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Thank you! :] :]
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On May 12th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC), vulpineways commented:
I get the same reaction for my Pink Floyd tattoo! For every WTF!? look, there's someone who is amazed by it! :D

I really like your tattoo, and for some reason Alohomora always reminds me of Hermione too! She's one of my all-time favorite female characters!

Thanks for sharing your story behind the tattoo, I always enjoy learning such things! Makes every tattoo even more special! ;)

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On May 12th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Thank you! :D Hermione is the ultimate best; I love her. Who cares if some people don't understand our tattoos. It's not like we got them for anyone but ourselves. I always get excited when someone else gets excited about my tattoo though. I'm a tutor, and one of my students saw it, and she was SO HAPPY. She couldn't stop laughing. Made my day. :]

Of all of my tattoos, alohomora definitely has the most light hearted meaning behind it. I'm glad you like it.
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On May 13th, 2013 10:23 am (UTC), angel726 commented:
my sister and I just rewatched movies 5-7pt2 yesterday, so I am again reminded by why I love Hermione so much. I love this!!!
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On May 13th, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Thank you so much!! Hermione is definitely the best. I need to watch the movies again. :D
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On May 13th, 2013 03:34 pm (UTC), cy_grl commented:
Love it! Great placement and font too :)
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On May 13th, 2013 06:29 pm (UTC), cynical_sweater replied:


Thank you very much! :D
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