I am sure by now some of you have seen my tattoo in photos and maybe you have wondered why I have one or what it means. I always find the reasons behind a tattoo fascinating so I thought I’d share the reason behind mine on the blog.

I never really thought I would ever get a tattoo. Not that I didn’t respect or dislike them, they just weren’t really something I wanted or thought I should have. Plus, I never really knew what tattoo I would get if I ever got one. I always thought about the “what if” and I definitely never felt something was meaningful enough for me to get something completely permanent.

Sidenote, I did get my nose pierced when I was in L.A. while visiting my cousin about 4 years ago. I always wanted one and then I had it in for about 1 month before I decided it probably wasn’t for me!

I was 27 when my Nonna (grandma) Rosa passed away. She was the closest family member to me and for her being the first person so close to all of us to pass away really shook me up. My grandmother was 80 when she had a stroke and 81 by the time she passed away. I always felt like I never had enough time with her. Always wished I would’ve visited more. The normal things you feel when a loved one passes away. I loved her very much and still miss her and think about her every single day.

When she passed away, my mom out of nowhere said she wanted to get a tattoo. Uhm, what? Yes, she was absolutely serious.  She said she wanted to do it in memory of her mom (my grandma). Immediately I said I would get one with her, and soon after my oldest sister said the same!

We figured out what we wanted after many searches and decided on an almost stencil-like drawing of a rose. Her name was Rose and she loved red roses so it made perfect sense! My very first tattoo would be something so meaningful to not only myself, but a bonding experience between myself, my own mother, and sister.

We made a date out of it and the 3 of us went to the tattoo parlor. And yes, it was very strange to be there with my mom.

It hurt a lot but it was totally worth it. I thought maybe I could do that again and get another but years have passed and I have no desire to get another. And I’m totally ok with that.

Not a day goes by where I don’t think of my Nonna. I have part of her with me everyday not only through a very special symbol of the wonderful woman she was, but in my heart.

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  1. I love the story behind your tattoo! My grandma passed away almost a year ago, and I’ve been thinking of getting a piece of jewelry that will remind me of her…I can’t do needles or pain haha. I didn’t get my ears pierced until I was 22! I actually had a dream last night that I was getting a tattoo on my arm, and halfway through, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore. When I woke up, I saw I was sleeping on my arm and it was prickling from being numb…so I wonder if that’s where the dream came from hahahah

    • mimbrogno Reply

      oh my gosh Tia!! What a crazy dream to have!! And I know, it was a very strange thing for me to go through but because of the reason and meaning behind it, it was a one and I’m done type of thing! A piece of jewelry is a great way to remember your grandma. So sorry for your loss as well. xoxo Meli

  2. I don’t have any tattoos but if something meant a lot to me, I wouldn’t hesitate to ink it up. My grandma also passed away suddenly and her name was Joy. I have thought about getting something along those lines but am also a chicken. Thanks for sharing!!

    • mimbrogno Reply

      Aw I totally get it! And what a beautiful name!! I’m so sorry for your grandma too. Big hug. Xo Meli

  3. I love that you, your mom, & sis all got a tattoo for your sweet grandmother! This story definitely hits home for me. My grandmother also passed away this year & was 80 and never recovered from a really bad stroke. I love that all 3 of you have a tattoo in honor of her + she has such a pretty name! xo

    • mimbrogno Reply

      thanks so much Kristen. I’m so sorry for your loss as well. <3

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