What to Wear Wednesday #7: TATTOOS (and Activated Charcoal)

FOR Day 31 of 31 for the countdown to 2020 –

I have a What to Wear post featuring tattoos.

The first few tattoos are from 2017:

1) “SO IT GOES” Tattoo from Richmond, VA – 2017. When I looked down and saw this tattoo, I thought of Cosette from Les Mis. So I asked the guy about it. It was not connected to Les Mis, it was based on work from an artist  – I checked out this artist’s work and some of the content was DISTURBING – it was creepy.



2) “Body Tattoos” from Richmond, VA – 2017. This lady was in line and I asked her about the anchor tattoo. This was at a time when I really liked the anchor symbol. She was delightful and began showing us a lot of her tatts. I have noticed that people with tattoos usually never mind talking about them. Most actually love shoring them and that is fun.  I took a few photos of her body art, which were well done. 
3) “Memorial Tattoo” from Richmond, VA – 2017. This young lady let me photograph her tattoo that was a memorial for a friend named “Vivian Marie” – so touching. Another thing I noticed with grabbing photos of tattoos had to do with the extras that are shown with he person’s body. Here – we can feel the skin, the moles, and just the various forms. Body art is cool. 
3) “Broken Road Lyrics Tattoo” from Richmond, VA – 2017. Same lady in the previous memorial photo. She had song lyrics are on her right side: “Now I’m just rolling home into my lover’s arms. This much I know is true – that God blessed the broken road that led me straight to you.”

The next tattoo is from 2018:

4) “9-11-2001 Memorial Tattoo” from Richmond, VA – 2018. MAY WE ALL NEVER FORGET!


The last set of tattoos are from 2019:

5) “Line Designs with Courage and Wisdom Tattoo” from Richmond, VA 2019. I like all of her lines and swirls – this is often I doodle. And on her left arm she has this awesome quote: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” I was visiting Amanda at Something to Ponder (here) and remembered when I first landed on her blog years ago – with her “Sunday Sayings” posts. Meaningful quotes and proverbs are a big part of who she is and she shared that she “became fascinated with traditional proverbs and sayings, their metaphorical layers and the many different interpretations found within just a few, succinct words. I marveled at their ability to transcend race, religion, opinions and age.”  Well said – and I can see why someone would have their favorite life quote added to their body art. 🙂 
6) “804 Tattoo” – Before a hot yoga class, I noticed this lady had an “804” Tattoo with a heart. It was rather unusual and so this prompted me to ask about it. I mean – if someone has a cross – we know that means faith – or if they have a USMC tattoo that needs no questions – right? So I briefly asked her what it meant and she was so awesome it led to a few photos after class. The reason she got this tattoo was because a friend of hers in High School used a marker and jokingly wrote that on her arm. He ended up dying a few days later and so she made his last bit of art permanent on her body. She also said that without her knowing, someone posted a photo of her tattoo online and a friend saw it and told her about it.
7) “Symbols”  – These are the most recent tattoos I captured. The shoulder symbol reminded me of a Christmas tree. The lady told me that she has had that tattoo for decades – and was not sure how much she liked it anymore. I told her how much I LOVED it (and I really do). Then she showed me her wrist symbol.

Have you ever heard about using Activated Charcoal while getting tattoos?

It can reduce toxins in the body from the ink. 

 Activated charcoal can help pull ink toxins from the body after a tattoo. 
  • My son got his first tattoo back in 2016, in honor of one of his friends who died in a tragic accident. This was the first time we heard about using activated charcoal for pulling toxins from the body. You can use activated charcoal before and after getting a tattoo. The activated charcoal pulls ink toxins from the body and so if you plan on getting a tattoo – get some charcoal too.
  • Dave Asprey (here) mentions the benefits of activated  a lot. In this post here, Dave notes that people can give the system support and “pull out bad stuff with activated charcoal and glutathione.”
  • My experience with using activated charcoal is that it MUST be used with psyllium husk powder to help the charcoal exit the body quickly. If you use charcoal alone, you might feel terrible until it finally exits the body. And that is miserable waiting. It is the same thing that happens if we use bentonite clay to pull pathogens from the intestines -so it HAS to be mixed with fiber (psyllium powder or apple pectin) to help things move out quickly. Crucial. I have also learned that more is not better – one or two capsules, three times day (for four days) can be a powerful. It can also pull minerals and vitamins so be sure to supplement. This is not meant to be a post on cleansing – but wanted to mention it here because with the new year starting – many folks are thinking about stuff like this. If you do want to cleanse – activated charcoal is one small thing you can use to help clean the gut – but it will not be enough by itself. It takes a combination of many things over many months to really restore and clean the gut. I hope to write more about it in the upcoming decade. 🙂 
  • Some people use activated charcoal while drinking alcohol. It reduces the absorption and minimizes hangovers. Charcoal is what Veterinarians and ER doctors use as well – to pull out alcohol or medications. 
  • Consider traveling with capsules of activated charcoal because it can help you recover if your stomach is upset from foreign food or from unclean water. I keep two capsules in my wallet at all times. Recently, had a friend with an upset stomach and offered her one of the capsules and she felt well soon after taking it. This potent stuff is a must have for everyone. 


Do you have a favorite photo from this post?

Any thoughts on tattoos?  I still do not have a tattoo – but this coming decade MIGHT be the time I get some – or not… hmmmm

What about you? Do you have any tattoos?



Previous What to Wear Posts:

  • #1 – Pajamas here 
  • #2 – Disney here
  • # 3- Red Dresses and Sean McConnell’s Devil’s Ball song here
  • #4 – Jeans Post –here
  • #5: Evening Dresses here
  • #6: Mannequins here


41 thoughts on “What to Wear Wednesday #7: TATTOOS (and Activated Charcoal)

  1. I do not have tattoos nor will I. However, I do shop at Aldi like the lady in the second set of shots and even buy that hard cider. Does that count?!! 🙂 I do also wish you and yours a most happy and blessed 2020, a new decade as well as a new year. Maybe a bit momentous.

    A friend said that instead of making resolutions, he tries to cut out things that are holding him back or that aren’t good for him. That’s a positive step. I try to set goals, which are somewhat like resolutions, and then I’ve been keeping a journal where besides happenings of the day, I keep track of things I accomplish towards my goals. For instance, I write down whether I walked, lifted weights, wore my weight vest, did my Duolingo French lesson/s, decluttered, etc. That helps when I feel like I’m not getting anything done. 🙂

    Again, happy New Year!


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    1. Thanks for the wisdom/tips in the second part of your comment – really – that took a minute to write and who knows how it could inspire someone – like me or another reader 😉
      And wow – I did not even realize she had hard cider – I assumed beer! Shows you how I miss things in my own photos – ha! Good eye – and that counts for bonus points –
      Happy new year too

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  2. None for me. I think the meaning behind tattoos is special, however, nothing is more beautiful than the skin we were born with. My son has a lot of them. Never liked his either. Maybe he should have put Mom on his arm then I may have changed my mind! 😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣

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  3. No tatts here, Yvette. I worry that they are permanent. I might change my mind later if I did ever get one. My son got a mate to do one on his leg and I think it is s bit silly but it is his body – if he likes it, all is good. The doll tatt with blood eyes is disturbing. I can’t imagine having that….
    I have also noticed that people with Tatts don’t mind talking about them. Then it becomes an addiction of sorts. There’s some people that can’t stop getting more and more and just have them everywhere. These are often the ones that never want their children to have any tattoos – that’s a bit ironic!
    Some countries are right into tattooing and others, like Sweden feel it is old fashioned. Wee all have different thoughts.
    Thanks so much for the blog mention. Words can be inspiration and initiate action and change!

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    1. Thanks for the comment and same with me – no tattoos – feel I would change my mind -and just don’t desire any.

      That is an ironic thing that parents with many don’t want their offspring getting tarts – I have heard of that.
      And the first tattoo was not that disturbing at first – but when I saw the other artwork from this artist – it was like dolls that were young girls abused – turned my stomach – I almost took this one out of my post once I realized the sinister vibe from the artist – might still remove it (because it is not permanent like a tattoo is)


  4. No tattoos for me Yvette and I, too, thought it was a Les Mis tattoo – and it filled the whole back of his leg – amazing. When it is warm here in Michigan, like August, the tank tops and tattoos are abundant. 🙂

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    1. Thanks for chiming in- and I bet there are lots of tattoos showing when the weather is nice…
      I am amazed at how open folks are to sharing about theirs – I don’t always ask about them …

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      1. There is a guy that I see from time to time at the grocery store and I do not think there is a single visible spot on his body where he is not inked. It is a sight to see, though I really don’t care for tattoos. A high school classmate that asked to “friend me” on Facebook plays guitar and has a huge guitar tattoo on one of his limbs and a massive heart of his wife/his names with a dove on a forearm. That wife passed away in 2018 and he has since remarried (pretty quickly I might add, especially after bemoaning how he could go on with his life after 44 years of marriage). Hmm.. I wonder how wife #2 feels seeing the massive heart tattoo, and, after his wife died, he had her birth date/death date added to the bottom of the heart).

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      2. Hi Linda – that is so interesting about how fast he did remarry – and I would think the new wife would not mind at all because the marriage was a such a big part of his life and even without the tattoo – part of her essence will still always be with him – ya know –

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      3. I was a little shocked since she died on the first day of Spring and he went on that how could he endure the arrival of Spring every year and not think of Linda (she was Linda too, but did not graduate high school with us). I was just a little amazed. He did not tell his kids he was seeing anyone and went and eloped … then posted it on Facebook. Yup, no words but you are correct, the first wife will always be with him after 44 years.

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      1. My grandmother had a couple of tattoos done on her arms when my granddad was in the army in Hong Kong. I think one was an anchor and the other was her husband’s name ‘Stan’. I’m sure she regretted it, as she always wore long sleeves to cover them up, especially after she got religion and started going to an evangelical church. 🙂


      2. Thanks for sharing, S – and yes, the long sleeves could be indicative of maybe regretting them – and both of hers sound like really nice ones to get – meaningful

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  5. I don’t have any tattoos. When I was young I thought about an archer on my hip, but that idea faded. I briefly considered tattoo wedding bands, but then no. I just never came up with anything that stuck and I don’t feel like I’m missing out on anything meaningful to me. I’m too young to say never, but as of yet, not planning one.
    My friend True has a tattoo that reads One Love from either side of her arm, reads the same backward and forward. It’s quite neat. No matter how many times she tells me, I can never remember the word for it. It’s not a palindrome, but something gram, I think.
    There’s a vet tech we see who has passport stamps on her arms — the art is beautiful, and every one of them is a souvenir, which I find clever. She’s been to Ireland several times and each one is different and beautiful.

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    1. Hi J- that passport idea is fun. and would love to see a photo fo True’s tattoo if you ever have the chance to do that – and if not – no worries but it sounds cool.
      I also do not feel like I am missing out by not getting any…
      oh and guess what – my first name (supposedly) means “archer” – and I had a few cards that said it with a nice archer on it…
      and it sounds like you were into the archery BEFORE the movies came out and made it trendy

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      1. If I stumble across the photo of True’s tattoo, I’ll send it to you.
        That’s cool about your name. Sagittarius is the archer and rules the hips 😉 I did love archery before it was cool. Pretty sure my hands wouldn’t let me do it anymore, but when I was young, I was good at it and enjoyed it.

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      2. you must have some nice upper body strength to be good at it….
        I was shocked at how tough it was when my hubs bought me a package for lessons in the 1990s.


  6. No tattoos for me, but both of my daughters have them. And my daughter’s college roommate does cosmetic tattoos for brows and lips. That appears to be quite popular. While I’d never get a tattoo, I’m impressed by the artwork created and chosen by those who do. I’m a AC fan too! Happy New Year, Yvette!!

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    1. Hi Shelley – thanks for chiming in and it seems most of the comments left were by non-tatted folks – and the cosmetic tattoos are awesome – my mother had the eyeliner done many years ago – so long ago that it pretty much all faded – maybe 15 years now?? anyhow, it worked great for her.

      and cheers to the activated charcoal.
      I want to try and share more health tips in the coming year – and might even share your post about when played dermatologist – because I am still inspired by how long you gave a natural remedy – woo hoo

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      1. You’re welcome. I’m impressed with the technology and techniques of the cosmetic tattoos my daughter’s friend does. Amazing. I’m sure I’ll remain tat free for life :-)!
        Sounds like fun for the new year. My best friend used to work for a functional med doc, so she shares tips with me a lot. She encouraged me on the oregano, and it worked! I keep the bottle handy to work on the new ones as they pop up! No more waiting ’til they get too big!!

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