Friday, September 21, 2012

Celebrating My Veganniversary With a Tattoo

After my first tattoo, I swore off ever having another. The pain was horrendous and I'm a big baby with a low tolerance. My first tattoo was a k&k that I had designed myself and been mulling over for months. Should I or shouldn't I? Many people were against the idea since the K's stood for Kelsey & Kendan (my husband). One problem: we weren't even engaged at the time. We had been together for nearly five years at that point, and living together for three. He proposed a month later and we are about to celebrate our second wedding anniversary next month.

When I made my lifestyle change and actually stuck with it (yay!), I knew I wanted to find a way to celebrate my results and accomplishments. It had been long enough that I had nearly forgotten how painful a tattoo was and I had been thinking about getting an another. I didn't want to tattoo the word "vegan" anywhere on me, but I did want a permanent reminder of my journey.

This transition has been long and tough, but I knew it was for the best. I started to think about herbivores that would really encompass all of this. I loved Happy Herbivore's "Herbie" tattoo and considered an elephant. This was a large animal that was strong and plant-powered. Not only did this symbolize my lifestyle change, but I had also grown as a person in the last year, as well. During the last seven months I nailed down some dreams and aspirations as I took charge of my health.

I called and booked my appointment around my sixth month veganniversary. I settled on an elephant and the artist, Royce at Southside Tattoos in Austin did a beautiful job on the design. This time around, I was calm and slightly nervous, and yes it hurt. I welcomed the sting of the tattoo gun and knew I had made many right decisions over the last year. I'm pleased with this new tattoo and am open to another in the future!

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Kelsey is a passionate vegan living in Houston, Texas, spreading the word about the benefits of eating a healthy, plant-based diet. She's also a minimalist enthusiast, a self-proclaimed financial guru of her household, and founder of The Little Red Journal.


  1. It's a beautiful tattoo! I myself recently got a body art, an indian mehndi designs for hands to celebrate my first year living in India. I loved it too! And by the way, congratulations on your accomplishment.

  2. Yeah, that's a nice tattoo. One of my fear of getting inked is that I'm afraid it will go bad. I mean I know there are now tattoo removal specialist, still, it will double the pain.


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