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.
Have you had a great week? I hope so. My week of staring at myself looking like Skylar White that actually uses the meth, is almost up and I can happily announce that I can see a small change in my disturbing appearance. I’m sure that in the not so distant future I’ll confidently be able to share the before and after pictures with you. But until then, we soldier on.
Today you get to meet someone I have known like, half my life. We share the same awesome name and have been family since she married my cousin. This lovely lady can bake a cake that will knock your taste buds through the roof. But that’s enough from me, I’ll let her tell you more about her family and her tattoos.
I hope that you have your cup of goodness at the ready!
Your name: Cindy Joy Butler
Your age: 33
Your Occupation: Mom and cake decorator
A Mom’s favourite thing to do is talk about their children – tell us about your family: My hubby and I have been married 13 years and we started dating when I was still in Matric. We also fell under the category of “Really, you are married already, do you have any children?”
Luckily now though we are blessed with a gorgeous 9 year old daughter, Jordan, and a spunky 5 year old son, Dylan. I am loving this new “older” phase with the kids, they still think we as parents know everything, but are getting so independent and helping with things in the home.
If you work, tell us a bit more about your working environment – are you regularly in contact with new “clients/public”. I am lucky enough to do my hobby from home for income. I did my Diploma in Patisserie a couple of years ago and now I bake and decorate cakes from home.
Tell us a bit about your tattoo’s, what they are, why you have them, where they are located:
My first tattoo is a long stem rose with two butterflies. The one butterfly is blue, signifying my son, the other one is pink for my daughter and the rose is the love between my husband and I.
My other tattoo is on my right wrist. I had the tattoo bug by then and was wondering about a second tattoo and where to have it. I had it done about a year after the rose. It’s a sort-off tattoo bangle. I am not one to wear bangles as at that stage I worked in an office at a desk and bangles just irritated me, so I decided a pretty tattoo bangle would be perfect. It has a red heart in the top of my right wrist, it has green creeper arms with light blue and purple flowers on coming out from either side of it, wrapping around my wrist. My favourite part is a little ladybird on the underside. I absolutely love lady birds and it really is so cute. What makes it different to me too is that it is a purely colour tattoo, no black except for the ladybird.
How old were you when you got your first tattoo? I was 29 years old, my second about a year later.
Which tattoo is your favourite and why? Tough to choose, one represents my family and my other is actually what I wanted for myself, which moms can understand 🙂 so I love them both
Do you plan on getting more? Yes, of course, lol, I still want to get something done on my side ribs, not sure what or which side yet.
How do your family and friends feel about your tattoo(s)? My hubby has even more tattoos than I have, so he is quite encouraging about them. My mother was a bit different, I don’t think she’ll ever warm up to them. I feel sometimes that I probably could have prepared her better before showing them to her the first time. My younger sister also now has a small tattoo, but my brother, I think, won’t get one.
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 had plenty of positive compliments, I haven’t noticed any negativity, most people (mostly strangers now as all our friends have seen our tattoos and luckily they are still friends) come up to me to compliment me on my tattoos and generally ask where I had them done and, of course, the “Wasn’t it sore?” question.
Any advice for those interested in getting tattooed? Make sure it’s about something that will still have meaning to you forever or what will be something you will want to look at forever.