There is a sense of permanence behind each tattoo. Let’s face it, we don’t get tattoos with the idea that we’ll remove them after a few years. Drawing a tattoo on our body is a way of marking a moment forever, so we better be sure that that moment is worth the ink.
From inspirational quotes to names, cartoon characters, and symbols, most tattoos come with a story behind them. I like to ask people the stories behind their tattoos. Sometimes they will recall what happened on the day of getting it, how painful it was or how long it took.
Other times, people will tell me why they decided upon that quote, that symbol or that name. It’s crazy how a drawing on our body can trigger such emotion in us. When you think how powerful the message behind the tattoo is for those who get the tattoo, however, it doesn’t seem crazy at all.
While for some, the emotions behind the tattoo are happy ones. For others, the message can be a poignant one. This is the emotion Rebekah Miles’s tattoo projects. Especially, when we learn the story behind it.
21-year-old Rebekah Miles made news when the story behind her tattoo was shared online. A student at George Fox University in Oregon, Miles was a typical student except for one difference. Miles suffers from depression.
There was intention behind this tattoo. With Miles suffering from depression, she wanted to make us realize that just because someone says that they’re fine, it doesn’t mean they are. Just as we see “I’m Fine” on her knee, the victim is saying something else, she’s saying, “Save Me.”
Depression comes and goes in waves but it’s always looming over the heads of those who suffer from it. For Miles, depression is a daily struggle. This tattoo is a permanent reminder for us all to remember the suffering a victim of depression goes through.
Miles knew she wanted to mark her battle with a tattoo. The inspiration for the tattoo, however, came thanks to a series of ads. Miles was inspired by the Samaritans of Singapore ads, which is a suicide prevention group in Southeast Asia.
Some people take this conversation behind closed doors, but Miles decided Facebook would be a good enough way to tell her parents about the tattoo. “Dear mom and dad, please don't kill me over this permanent choice. I want you to hear me out,” the girl wrote on Facebook.
Some stories go viral for the silliest reasons, but this one went viral for all the right reasons. Miles’s battle with depression is a relatable story. It reached those who battle with depression and those who don’t understand it.
With a simple switch of perspective, we all got to see how people who suffer from depression often feel. We always think they are OK and often, victims of depression tell us they are OK. But this tattoo has proved how things really stand and how lonely depression can make anyone feel.
The photos of Miles’s tattoo were shared more than 350,000 times. Celebrities such as Ashton Kutcher and Zooey Deschanel also shared these photos with their followers to bring more awareness to depression. Miles’s tattoo story is definitely one to remember.