Tattoos and exes

Tit for tat: so what tattoo does your ex deserve?

Text: Micah Almazan


I GOT my first tattoo in 2013 after thinking about it for barely a week. What pushed me to get ink on my skin that would last until I become maggot food? When something life-altering happens, you don’t really sit on that decision for too long. And also, I really just wanted to get one already.

Tattoos are visual representations of our stories that have scarred and adorned our lives. Whether they’ve healed or not, it’s all part of the process of learning. One aspect that we can all agree has the power to affect significant change in us is love — well, love lost in particular. (This again?! I know. Stay with me.)

The pain of losing someone who meant something to you once is kind of like the pain you feel when getting a tattoo, if not more. Yes, I’m talking about exes. I asked a few friends this question: “What tattoo would you give your ex?” The reactions I got were amusing, as you would imagine — because tattoos and exes, what could go wrong? Not sure if this is fun or pathetic, but it’s all hypothetical, so let’s go with fun. Let’s see what they have to say:

Ezekiel Sullano, Photographer

Those circular Aztec maze kind of tattoos. Beautiful in its own right, but in the attempt of reaching the core, it gets to a point that solving the maze isn’t worth it anymore.

Shak Mancao, Entrepreneur / Musician

I’d give my ex a glow in the dark tattoo that says, “Here lies the body of the love of my life, whose heart I broke without a gun to my head. Here lies the mother of my children both living and dead. Rest in peace my true love, who I took for granted, most bomb pussy, who because of me, sleep evaded. Her shroud is loneliness, her God is listening. Her heaven would be a love without betrayal. Ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks.” That way, he’ll never be able to sleep in the dark. Yes, those are words from Beyonce’s Lemonade.

Chuck Go, Sourcing Professional

I’d like a circle tattooed on him. It has to remind him of a certain cycle he will have to eventually steer away from. He needs to realize when enough is enough, when he should stop, and when he should start.

Red Duterte, Entrepreneur / Graphic Designer

We didn’t exactly have a bad break up, but we broke up, nonetheless. I’d give my ex a tattoo of the earth at the palm of the hand. This will serve as a reminder that no matter what happens, no matter the reason, the world is still spinning and everything it offers is still and will always be at the palm of your hands. Am I being too kind? Yes. We’re still friends, after all. #trustmeitspossible

Regil Cadavos, Community Manager

“Regil was here.” Haha, just kidding. If given I’d be the one to draw it, I would probably give him a tattoo of a stick figure with a smiley face on it. Because it’s easy to draw, it sends a positive message, and why the hell not. It might also remind him it was a good run while it lasted.

Samantha Solidum, Filmmaker / Musician

Okay, so smack dab in the middle of some body part of hers where she can see it without even trying (her arm? her thigh? wherever) should be a photo-realistic image of what’s left of a cocoon, probably about four inches in length, with blood dripping out (how macabre, eh? well, that was her thing). Bye bye bye the butterfly; they no longer flutter in my stomach when you walk by… and if I’m really honest, I think they never did.

Vincent Eco, Singer-songwriter / Graphic Designer

I would give her a “no ragretz” tattoo on her forehead because it resembles how formidable she really is. Getting this type of philosophical quote will make a lasting impression to herself and to others. It will be something that she won’t ragretz.

Something permanent for someone fleeting. Such is the irony of life. So love, be broken, learn, and get tattoos. But the good kind, okay?

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