I’m A Mom With Tattoos – Megan


Welcome back to another installment in our new series – I’m A Mom With Tattoos.  In case you have missed the last couple, don’t forget to check them out here.

I hope that you are having a fabulous Human Rights Day and long weekend.  Today is extra special for us because not only do we get a day off, but we also get to celebrate 7 years of being married.  I can’t believe that this time last year I was getting my make up done, lacing up my dress, adjusting my garter and being whisked away to marry the man that I am still do deeply in love with today.  It’s been the most challenging and rewarding 7 years and I wouldn’t change them for anything.

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Even if you didn’t get a chance to sleep in or your holiday was still not exactly how you planned it, I hope that you are still able to find some time today to get your cup of the good stuff and take a break with this weeks post.  Today we get to meet the lovely Megan who has so many tattoos I lost count.  I love getting to know the meaning behind them all.

Your name: Megan Hartwig, also known as Meg’s.  Don’t have a blog but you can reach me on Twitter: @flutterbymegs and Instagram: flutterbymegs

Your age: 31 years old

Your Occupation: I work as a P.A/Secretary for Specialist Doctors

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A Mom’s favourite thing to do is talk about their children – tell us about your family:  

I am a single mother who live’s in East London, Eastern Cape with my gorgeous daughter Zoe & immensely crazy family, as well as our troop of rowdy Daschunds.

If you work, tell us a bit more about your working environment – are you regularly in contact with new “clients/public”:  In my line of work, which is in the Medical field we deal a lot with Medical reps, Doctors and patients so I am constantly in contact with all sorts of new people each and every day.

Tell us a bit about your tattoo’s, what they are, why you have them, where they are located:  My Goodness, where do I start…I have a total of 10 x tattoo’s

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1.     Butterfly – Foot- Represents/ symbolize my freedom/independence and crossing a milestone in my life.

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2.   Butterfly – Lower back – represents that 1) it is a symbol of my newly found freedom 2) I “grew” as a person or just “grew” in any other category, and 3) I like butterflies.

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3.   Vine – Foot – Vines were also commonly used in ancient Christian art. The vine represents strength, power and good luck to me.

4.   Music note – Ankle- Symbolizes a song in my heart.

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5.   Never a failure always a lesson – on both wrist(split in half) – it represents or symbolizes to me that instead of seeing a failure in a negative way and simply regarding it as such, you should try to learn from it and turn it into a lesson.

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6.   Flower – stomach – Represent or symbolizes to me to always look, see and admire the beauty the world has to offer.

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7.    Sanskrit saying “Be at Peace not in Pieces” – Forearm – means to feel peaceful and complete, not devastated and “broken”, to be strong and not crumble to pieces.

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8.   Strength – Ribcage- Reminds me each and every day that I am strong enough!

9.   Mother/Daughter symbol with 4 x birds – Wrist – This tattoo represents the love and bond my daughter and I share and the 4 x birds flying off of it represent the rest of my family who consists of my Father, Mother, Brother and Sister.

10.“Omnia vincit amor” latin saying for “Love conquers all” – hip/waist – no matter how I feel, how hard life is I can always count on Love from my Family, Friends or child to get me through a difficult situation.

How old were you when you got your first tattoo:  I was 18 years old when I got my first tattoo, which was a butterfly on my lower back.

Which tattoo is your favourite and why?  Do I just have to choose one?!? If I had to choose one it would definitely be my “Amor Vincit Omnia” tattoo… Which means, “Love Conquers All”. It’s  my favourite because no matter how I feel, how hard life is I can always count on Love from my Family, Friends or child to get me through a difficult situation and all I have to do is just look down on my waist/lower hip to be reminded of this.

Do you plan on getting more?   Of course!!!! I am a canvas of my experiences. My story is etched in lines and shading and you can read it on my arms, feet, back and stomach.

How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)?  My Family and friends accept my tattoo’s and they see it as a beautiful feature of me.

What is the general reaction that “the Public” have towards your tattoo’s?  Have you run into any negativity or adversity because of them?  In general, I have not experienced any negativity from the general public. But now and again I do get stared at and get asked stupid questions like “Why did you get that tattoo?” People judge all the time. That is reality. That’s why it’s called judgement. You could be the best person to walk the face of the earth and people see tattoos and they think there must be something mentally wrong with that person that they would do that to themselves.

Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed?   Take a friend or family member with you. It does help. They’re there to keep you calm. While they’re doing the tattoo, RELAX! You’ll forget that it’s happening until the artist stops. Don’t mess with the tattoo once it’s done, and be sure to keep it clean and dry. ALSO! If it’s hurting to the point where you can’t bare it, find an aloe plant and put some of the goo on it. It’s natural and won’t clog your pores.

15 thoughts on “I’m A Mom With Tattoos – Megan

  1. Hi Meg’s, I see you also have a star and another one on your other wrist but I can’t see what it is, so you actually have 12! That’s awesome. I’m curious why you didn’t include those ones in your interview, they look like nice colourful one!

    • Oops, I totally forgot about those…silly me! I think because I have so many I forgot to add them too…sorry my fault…blonde moment 😉

      • Hehehe we all have those moment in our life, even me and I’m brunette!! So what do those ones mean?

      • Hi again Lisa, the one on my left wrist is a star and on the right wrist is a chinese symbol for mother 🙂 Hope this answers your question? xxx

  2. I also have lots of tattoos and actually have an interview for a receptionist job at a GP this week!! How did your boss handle your tattoos and what did you say about them when you were in your interview? I’m nervous.

    • Hi Stacey, sorry only getting back to you now but the long weekend ran away with me. Firstly, I have 3 x bosses because the practice has 3 x partners. They are all very nice and they don’t even ask about my tattoo’s etc, because I have been at my current work place for 5 years now. With regards to your question asked above, I feel that it depends 100% on the company. Some won’t care, some will. Some industries would see right past it or even welcome it, and some would frown on it.

      Unless you’re in a very creative field, I’d cover the tattoos up during the interview — just as part of dressing appropriately formal for an interview.

      But, on the other hand, if it’s very important to you to get a job where things things don’t matter, then you can always keep them visible and assume that it’ll be a good screening mechanism for ensuring that you end up in the culture you want. Do you want to work for someone who would have a problem with your tattoos and? If not, take that into account. Hope this helps?? Good luck with your interview and I know you are going to Rock it 😉 xxx

      • Yes Megs that’s so helpful – my interview is tomorrow so wish me luck. I hope you’re right and I do rock it! (ps what’s your email address I would love to mail you abt your tats!) lotsa luv Stace xxx

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