In A Rose Tattoo



“In a rose tattoo

In a rose tattoo

I’ve got your name written here in a rose tattoo.

In a rose tattoo

In a rose tattoo

With pride I wear it to the grave for you.”


Last night I got my 7th tattoo.  This one was one for my kids.  I have 3 (Kylie – 10, Mikayla – 4, and Connor – 2).  They drive me crazy most days, but I couldn’t be happier to call myself their dad.

I was going to get a different tattoo of them, and I wanted to fly out to California to have Kat Von D do it.  I was prepared to wait and try to save the money.  Over the last 8 months, however, a new idea had popped into my head.  I had just been given Dropkick Murphys’ new album, Signed and Sealed in Blood, by my wife.  I loved the album.  The song “Rose Tattoo” stuck out as a great song for me because all of my tattoos have a meaning to them just like Ken Casey sings about.  Not only did this song touch me, but it took off with my kids as well.  Once that song comes on in the car, it is on repeat until the car turns off…. then the crying begins.  Literally.  Connor was balling his little eyes out yesterday when we got home from the babysitters because he wanted to listen to it again.  Needless to say it is there favorite song.

So this inspired me to get something (a little cheaper than what I’d have to pay Kat) that not only meant something to me, but meant something to them as well.  It was a great idea.  I didn’t say a word about it to them because I wanted them to be surprised, and they were.  It was a great morning as far as that goes.  Miki even started singing the song when she saw her name.  My kids are cuter and cooler than yours.

One thing that not many people know is about the babies that my wife an I had lost.  Those are represented well in this tattoo.  If you look closely, you can see 2 buds that aren’t bloomed yet.  One stem has one bud and the other has 2 coming off the same stem.  That one is for twins that never split and had passed.  This even in our lives almost destroyed us.  Not only as a couple but as individuals.  It was one of our darkest hours and I still remember it so vividly today.  My dad told me that I can never forget what has happened.  That I NEED to remember those children and find a way to make sure I think about them every day.  Not a day has gone by that I haven’t thought about them and this tattoo is also a reminder, not only to me, but a sign to everyone of my love for ALL of my children.

I truly do love my children.  More than I could ever possibly love anyone else.  They are my world.  They make me happier than I could ever make myself.  This tattoo will be a constant reminder to smile because they love me too.


“In a rose tattoo

In a rose tattoo

I’ve got your name written here in a rose tattoo.

In a rose tattoo

In a rose tattoo

Signed and Sealed in Blood I would die for you” ~ Dropkick Murphys “Rose Tattoo”



2 thoughts on “In A Rose Tattoo

  1. RageMichelle says:

    Okay, that was really touching..your kids are lucky you are their dad.

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