Needles & Ink | Tattoo or Taboo ?

The art of tattooing is anything but an unknown territory in today’s day & age. Having said that, it’s a really personal choice as well. Some people are obsessed with it while others are strongly against it. In my humble opinion, it’s always nicer (and pleasant) to hold a middle ground. Plus, isn’t balance the operative word we’re all learning to master, anyway?

Is this article meant for you?

This blog post is dedicated to anyone and everyone who has got a permanent tattoo inked on their body or are planning to get (another) one done. It is also written for folks who are highly against it as it would help them understand the perspective of their fellow humans who are into it; speaking of which, I am personally dedicating this blog post to all the obsessive souls out there who want to get anything & everything inked onto their bodies!

Purpose- The “WHY” behind a permanent ink!

Life CAN be a bitch and we’re all looking for inspiration & motivation when life isn’t going our way! We all have a bunch of favorite quotes and symbols that we connect with and relate to in different phases of our lives and that’s great; but does it mean you want to get all of that tattooed on your body???

Think again!

You might connect with something A LOT TODAY but will you still be able draw positivity from it at a later point in your life???

(Un)fortunately, this is something which only you’d know better. So, the key is to give an idea TIME. Don’t be impulsive with tattoos because today what may seem cool/inspirational/attractive, tomorrow the same thing might seem … meh!

My Tattoos & What They Mean to me

I must admit with 100% humility that I have 3 tattoos and each one of them is very very well thought through. Perhaps the fact that I belong to a family that isn’t very tolerant of tattoos coerced me to put a lot more thought into it than I would have. While I still mull over this, you can read the purpose behind each of my decisions-

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

I genuinely believe that I am what I am only because of my parents!

Every parent is loving, caring and very giving towards their child but I feel mine made way too many sacrifices to give my brother and I the life we had growing up. It tears me up (still) when I think of their (my parent’s) story and what all they had to secretly go through for me (more than my brother) to live a comfortable life…

So this one is pretty simple, their initials – “A” “S” which was my gift to them on their 25th Wedding Anniversary! I love them to the stars and back and this is one of the many ways I chose to express my gratitude towards them. They are just too special …

My second one, like so…

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

is a gift I gave myself on my 26th birthday! By that point of time, I’d realized how lucky, blessed and guided my life is. I remember planning the design for a week and brainstorming with the artist for good 50-60 minutes. I told her everything I believed in, grateful for, etc. I clearly remember telling her the following two things quite repeatedly-

  1. “I feel someone is watching over me and blessing me every single day. I quite literally feel someone from the spirit world is looking at me right now, smiling and feeling proud of me. I feel someone’s hand over my head; I feel really really special. An angel or guru or positive soul perhaps…not sure but this feeling is so so constant. Can you design something around this feeling?”
  2. “I’ve had a bunch of setbacks in life and it’s been heartbreaking but the one thing that’s been a constant is the door of opportunities. I feel when one door closes, the other one opens up with a bigger and a more evolved opportunity to rise & shine. How do you think we can depict this?”

So, this tattoo has an angel looking out of a key hole. Key hole represents a door of opportunity. It’s beautiful how this design turned out to be because to me, this tattoo means that my angelic team is always on the other side of a big opportunity, waiting to lovingly grab me by my hand and pull me right in…

And here’s my latest addition:

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

So, basically… I always had it decided to get my habibi’s name tattooed but where, how, etc. wasn’t quite planned. This time (closer to our 1st wedding anniversary), while the husband was away on a business trip, I thought of surprising him with a tattoo! He always knew about my plan to get his name inked but had no flying clue that I’d do it in his absence (lol) !

So here’s how I went about zeroing in on the design:

I remember repeatedly muttering this to myself, “What has Rajeev brought into my life” and how can this be represented?

My answer would always be that he’s brought a strong sense of direction (coerced me to recognize and act on my life’s mission) + stability + calmness + peace.

Now doesn’t a ‘compass’ represent ‘strong sense of direction’?


How about a lotus?

Don’t you feel it beautifully symbolizes stability, calmness and peace?

There was a lot of thought that went into this though. I strongly suggest all of you (who’re planning to get yourself permanently inked) to think this process through, finalize the design and surrender for a couple of days to let it all sink in.

The down-time will allow you to detach from your design which in turn will help you decide better.

Seeing a tattoo on someone and taking inspiration is okay but going ahead and getting something similar is flat out meaningless! No tattoo is cool or uncool; it’s all about what it (the tattoo) truly means to you!

Tips & Tricks If You Are Next In Line

  1. Ask yourself why you wish to get yourself permanently inked?
  2. Ask yourself if you wouldn’t mind looking at it all day everyday till you transition?!
  3. What “symbol” best describes the reasoning behind your tattoo?
  4. Are you someone who makes decisions quite impulsively?
  5. Are you willing to wait for at least 2-3 days AFTER the design gets finalized and still love it enough to have it inked on your body for… ahem forever?
  6. Are you emotionally stable when you decide to do something like this?
  7. Are you willing to get it designed and not copy something of the internet?
  8. Are you patient enough to get your tattoo customized as per your preferences? If not, then TRUST ME you’re not ready!

Tattoo Symbols & Meanings

Since I’ve spoken about symbols quite often, here are some common symbols and their meaning just to give you an idea as to how to move forward with the whole plan…

Tribal Tattoos symbolize courage, hard work, boldness and belongingness to a cult of sorts. You’ll find some really masculine (alpha male) personalities sporting a tattoo like so!

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

A Sea & Ship tattoo signifies a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. People who love challenges or have had a challenging life get this designed as a constant reminder to be brave & surrender when need be.

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

Anchor tattoos are quite popular as well as they represent strength, stability, humility, being grounded, having faith & resilience. Popeye the Sailor made it very famous back in the day!

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

Butterfly tattoos do not represent beauty actually. They symbolize “transformation” from absolutely nothing to something gorgeous. It stands for hope, faith, belief that in the end things will work in your stride!

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

Feather tattoos can have really sad meaning. It usually represents loss of a loved one…

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

Owl tattoos are quite hot & hip as well. Owls not just symbolize wisdom, they’re also known to be the most ferocious predators with a 100% kill rate. People who go for owl tattoos are usually the ones who understand that a tattoo like so represents ‘brawn with brain’ & ‘mind-muscle balance’!

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

Now I’d strongly suggest you all to think of which animal, flower, bird, tree, symbol you relate to the most and start thinking about why you love it, what it represents, etc.

The Maven Lifestyle by Aakansha Shewakramani

What do you think, why did I connect my angel tattoo with the one I made for my dear husband? Don’t forget to comment your thoughts below!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading your comments.

Giant fuzzy hug, Love & Gratitude,


PS…This blog post is dedicated to my sister-in-law sister, Pink who suggested that I write on this topic.

Love you Pinky-Poo! XX


11 Comments Add yours

  1. Rajeev says:

    This post made me tear up❤️

  2. Pink says:

    Wow babe 😍 Well written and explained 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 BIG hug to you 🤗🤗

    1. Aakansha says:

      Sending a warm fuzzy hug right back at you!

  3. Yukta says:

    Amazing blog bhabhiiiii(sister)😍😍😍😍😍😍

    1. Aakansha says:

      Thanks baby boo!

  4. Sony gurnani says:

    Before going through this post,frankly speaking , i have not thought about all this ,in the way you expressed,but now even this makes me think on it wisely….salute to your knowledge and expressions!!

    1. Aakansha says:

      I’m so happy that you liked it & found this article meaningful!
      Lots of love & gratitude,

  5. Ankita says:

    Very well written, Anku 💜 loved it!
    And loved how beautifully you explained the purpose and reasons behind your tattoos. And of course my fav – Owlie Powlie 🦉😘

    1. Aakansha says:

      LoLo, I knew the owl would grab your attention! I thought about you a lot while writing for the owl-designs!
      Lots of love & light,

  6. Swati Mishra says:

    This is a sweet post! I could totally relate to it bcos I have three tattoos and it symbolizes a lot of things for me.

    1. Aakansha says:

      Tell me more about your tattoos?

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