This is the design for a tattoo I'm going to be getting on my birthday.
I have a few rules when it comes getting tattoos: 1) It must be drawn by my hand. Even if it is an image I didn't originally draw that I really like, I must recreate it myself. 2) The tattoo must have meaning or be decorative (this leads in to rule 3) 3) No fan tattoos. Fandoms fade and what I may adore at the time, I may not like as much later on.
Of course, this appears to break rule 3, but to me it does have meaning, a lot of meaning. I've been a brony for awhile now, and it has become an important and memorable part of my life that I never want to forget. Being a brony has come to mean a lot to me. When I moved to the Netherlands, I didn't have any friends of my own here. I tried several avenues to find those with common interests but none ever panned out. One day I decided on a whim to see if there was any kind of brony community here, and I managed to find one. It wasn't long after that I started to gain some local friends and I started to feel more a part of this country (I do love it here, but of course no friends can make it a little rough). I even started to branch out and find other friends in the community online, and made some wonderful friends there as well, and my list still grows. Galacon, a brony convention, was also my first convention ever. It had been one of the most fun times in my life and something I will always remember.
Being a brony also helped me with my art, which is something very important to me. I used to spend so much time trying to figure out how to become popular with my art. I would try to figure out what people wanted to see that could make me popular, but everything I tried never seemed to work. I started losing faith in my skills no matter how much I improved and I was losing the spark I used to have that made me want to draw. Over time I was really wanting to draw MLP fanart, but (seeing how polarizing it can be amongst people) I was afraid I would lose followers/watchers or people would start to hate my art. Eventually I decided it was going to do it anyway, that I was going to draw what I wanted to and heck to popularity or anyone that wouldn't like it. And it was some of the most fun I had in a long time. I was enjoying drawing again. I was starting to gain inspiration, ideas were flowing to me more than they had over the past several years. It had reignited the spark to draw again, which has made me confident and filled my heart with the joy of art that I had lost.
And of course, people have started to take notice. As soon as I stopped caring about becoming popular and doing art for the sake of it, people started wanting to see more. I've had commissions, I've worked on projects, and I couldn't be happier.
And of course, the community itself and what it stands for means a lot to me. All of the kindness, generosity, creativity, love, and tolerance is something absolutely wonderful and amazing.
Being a brony has made a difference in a lot of people's lives, and mine is no different. And that is something I want to remember forever, something worthy of being etched onto my body.
Edit: Made some minor adjustments here and there.