This is my first tattoo, got it last August.
It represents my love for Selkies, the Seal People, whom have fascinated me since I was very young.
They can shed their skin from seals to become humans. The legend apparently originated on the Orkney and Shetland Islands, where selch or selk(ie) is the Scots word for seal (from Old English seolh). Selkies are able to become human by shedding their seal skins, and can return to seal form by putting it back on. Stories concerning selkies are generally romantic tragedies. Sometimes the human will not know that their lover is a selkie, and wakes to find them gone. Other times the human will hide the selkie's skin, thus preventing them from returning to seal form. A selkie can only make contact with one particular human for a short amount of time before they must return to the sea. They are not able to make contact with that human again for seven years, unless the human is to steal their selkie's skin and hide it or burn it. Examples of such stories are the ballad, The Great Silkie of Sule Skerry and the movie The Secret of Roan Inish.
This was supposed to be the first seal (often confused by my lesser intelligent specimens of mankind to be a dolphin). I wanted two more, both different than the first, but hey you know; money!
Designed by me. I still like it