02.05.14

GIVEAWAY / TATTOO DESIGN

today we are having a very unique giveaway with mara zepeda of neither snow. enter below to win two calligraphy tattoo designs. the winner will be chosen two days before valentine’s day, so it makes a great gift to yourself and the one you love.

“over the last few years i’ve been blessed to collaborate with many clients and design their tattoos through my calligraphy studio, neither snow. it’s inspiring how many of them commission tattoos to celebrate love its many miraculous, life-changing forms.

some (like this one and this one) honor a partner or spouse. others (like this one and this one) commemorate the big, brave decision to pursue the work we love. mothers have reflected on the miracle of their children (here and here), or granddaughters on life-changing grandmothers. it’s an honor and privilege to be a part of this process.”

CLICK THROUGH TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY & REDEEM DISCOUNT CODE…

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here’s how to win… (CLOSED)

1) go to the neither snow site and take a look around.

2) leave a comment below letting me know what word/name you would want turned into a tattoo design. tell us your little story!

one winner will be chosen on wednesday, february 12th at 10am PST. open to international readers! the retail value of prize is $500+.

also! through the month of february, mara’s extending 15% off  to designlovefest readers. just mention promo code LOVE when you inquire.

UPDATE: winner is #88, meredith!

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  • 1. Dale  |  February 5th, 2014 at 4:23 am

    So silly, but I would probably get the phrase “peanut,” which is what I call my husband. He calls me “pickle.” I can’t even really remember why. It’s pretty dumb, but sweet.

  • 2. Carissa Schmidt  |  February 5th, 2014 at 4:43 am

    I’d have the word “orion” tattooed on my arm. I took a trip to Montana with my family when I was 9, and my parents taught me the constellations in the clearest night sky I’ve ever seen. Ever since then, I can pick out Orion wherever I am, and it makes me think of my parents, whom I love dearly. Unfortunately, Orion isn’t the prettiest constellation, and having the name beautifully calligraphed on my wrist would be the perfect way to remind me of some of my happiest memories.

  • 3. Taylor  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:05 am

    I wouldn’t get this, but my mom has always wanted the number ‘seven’ written out, in calligraphy, and this would be a perfect opportunity. The nber has a lot of meaning. Our family was brought together and she was married on 7/7/07 at 7pm. And we have 7 people in our family. Of course I would love a designed tattoo by you, but this means more to my mom, and I love her much!

  • 4. Carly  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:07 am

    I would get “strength” to remind myself to stay strong through my battle with Behcet’s, a disease that is rare (in the US) and has no cure.

  • 5. Kait  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:54 am

    I would get “toi et moi” (you and me) because my fiance and I plan to get this tattooed in Paris next year on our honeymoon! To have it written with beautiful calligraphy would mean that much more to us. It marks the beginning of this new chapter in our love story :)

    It will be awesome to always be reminded of how we were when we were young..honeymooning in Paris.

  • 6. Jodie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:21 am

    Ava Aden
    For my kids. Upon the birth of my daughter, my father and I headed to a parlor. He was getting a portrait of our girl and I her name on my rib cage. The artist convinced me to add a daisy. It turned out horribly :( what was suppose to be something simple and simply beautiful was not. 2 years later I gave birth to our boy. He has added so much to our joy as a family. It’s been almost three years of thinking of a way to add his name and make the original tattoo beautiful as it should have been from the start.

  • 7. Junru  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:23 am

    A phrase I would love to have is “Up, up and away”. Once I am mentally prepared, I will be getting a real one on the side of my left ribcage. In the meantime, a temopary tattoo could be a good start. The first time heard this song by Kid Cudi called “Up up and away”, it has been one of my favourite music. I don’t know why but it just gets into my head and the lyrics sounds so true. The phrase is quite inspiring, to be high up above and away from from all the negative thoughts.

  • 8. Sarah J  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:24 am

    I would get C & R not my initials or my husbands, but my two children. It’s so typical and corny but to me they are everything. They are my heart

  • 9. angie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:26 am

    such beautiful calligraphy! I would choose the word “amaranthine”, which means everlasting, not fading.

  • 10. Leslie Vega  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:33 am

    Oh my goodness. How fitting. I’m a designer and mommy and I have to say, I am climbing one of the highest mountains ever in my life these days. Life has brought some unexpected stumbling blocks but with my passion and faith, I’m choosing to move forward and BELIEVE that God will see me through. I would LOVE to get the word “believe.” It’s what has kept me going and always will. Continuing to believe that there is still good in this life. That dreams can still come true after the valley. That my destiny is still alive. Oh what I would do to win this!!! <3

  • 11. Hannah  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:46 am

    When my boyfriend and I get married – a little ahead of myself I know but his sister got engaged and we discussed it – we both plan on getting ‘always’ tattoo’d on our ring finger.
    ‘Always’ means a lot to us, originally it meant a lot to me because as a massive Harry Potter fan, Snape and Lily are my idea of true love, ‘even after all this time’ of her not loving him Snape will always love her. I went into our relationship and my adulthood believing this was the type of love I wanted, always, and after we’d had a squabble about six months into our relationship I asked him, ‘do you still love me?’ and he replied ‘always’, I then burst into happy tears and explained what it meant.. it’s not our words and sometimes after we argue or if we get a bit paranoid, we’ll remind each other that we’re for ‘always’.

  • 12. Holly  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:47 am

    The phrase ‘live in wonder’ I never want to loose my sense of wonder in the world around me or my childlike curiosity.

  • 13. Cynthia  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:55 am

    Simon – my son’s name. I have been wanting to do this for years and this style of script is perfect.

  • 14. Krysta  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:01 am

    My husband and I have been talking for ages about going to get tattoos together. Not exactly sure what we would get but this would be so lovely!

  • 15. Whitney Brown  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:02 am

    When my husband and I were on our honeymoon, in New Orleans, he got my name and his daughter’s name tattooed on him with the promise that once we have children of our own he would add their names to the list. Now, only 6 months after our wedding, we found ourselves in two different cities temporarily, since I am finishing law school and his job was transferred from Atlanta to NYC. I would like to get his name, Christopher, tattooed on me to keep him with me not only while we are apart, but forever. And I would like our anniversary for us both to have tattooed, August 3, 2013, because that is the day we chose to walk this path together, whether or not we are separated by hundreds of miles.

  • 16. Tanvi  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:14 am

    I would pick “Ashish” which means – blessing – in Hindi and is also my husband’s name!

  • 17. Kayla  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:38 am

    I’ve always said if I were going to get a tattoo I’d get “Fear Not” on my wrist. It’s a line from my favorite hymn and applicable in so many areas of life.

  • 18. Kelsey Barnes  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:39 am

    I would definitely get “Run Free and Carry On”, which are lyrics from my favorite band!

  • 19. Karli  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:43 am

    This calligraphy is GORGEOUS! I would love to get “Cole, my son, my love” tattooed on me as a tribute to my son who has changed my life in so many wonderful ways.

  • 20. Cheryl  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:45 am

    I’d love ‘selah’. It’s used in the Bible to signify a place to take a pause, a breath, to consider what you’ve just heard. I think there’s beauty in that reminder.

  • 21. Mere  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:51 am

    I have quite a few word tattoos, but the one I’ve wanted for a while and haven’t acted on it yet is “la vie boheme” – “the bohemian life”. I’m a graphic designer, and would much prefer a life run by my own rules doing freelance art, then a life in an office doing something I don’t like. I’m definitely not rich, but that comes with the territory. Her calligraphy would be perfect for the flow of the statement.

  • 22. Jamie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:56 am

    What an amazing giveaway! My husband and I have been talking about getting corresponding tattoos of each other’s initials and this calligraphy perfectly fits our aesthetic.

  • 23. Alexis  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:57 am

    What a unique giveaway. I’ve been wanting to get the word breathe tattooed on me for a while but have held off because it is such a simple, assumed saying I didn’t want it to look too literal or cliche. My yoga mentor helped transform the way I live through my breathe and it will always be very important to me. This stunning calligraphy would make a stunning impact on such a simple word.

  • 24. Anita Boeira  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    I’d have the word “wonderwall” tattooed. I always wanted to tattoo the entire lyrics of it on my back, but that feels a little too much. Oasis has been my favorite band for almost 20 years now, and their music has changed my life, and shaped who I am today in many ways. I’d love to have something of them tattooed on me.

  • 25. Helen  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I’ve been wanting the phrase “que sera sera” tattooed to my wrist ever since I was in high school. I’m still a little antsy about actually doing it but finding the perfect calligraphy will be perfect!

  • 26. nellie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I would get “stay gold” because I first heard this when I read The Outsiders in seventh grade when I was going through a really hard time and two years later I think it would remind me to always try to be the best form of myself I can be

  • 27. Karen  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    My mother is Egyptian and always calls me ”hayati” which means ” my life” in arabic. To have the word done in stunning calligraphy would be a tribute to her and all that she taught me.

  • 28. Samantha  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I would get “unswerving” on my lower neck/upper back area. I have the word hanging all over my house; it reminds me to remain strong and constant in my hopes and dreams. Or perhaps “selah,” which means “it is,” but in a matter-of-fact way, not the start-of-a-sentence way. It’s a reminder to look at life and work with what you’ve got.

  • 29. Kate  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:57 am

    To celebrate our most recent anniversary, my husband and I decided on a tattoo date. This inevitably led to the unending “and next time, let’s get…” conversation. I’m currently leaning towards “i carry your heart” or “this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart.”

  • 30. Lisa  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I love Mara Zepeda’s work.. everything she does is absolutely gorgeous. I would love to get a tattoo that says “veramente grato”. It means truly grateful in Italian and would be such a beautiful reminder to be grateful for every part of my life and to really live in the present!

  • 31. Mia  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:09 am

    I want to get the word “always” with my cousin. She and I are best friends, and I love her to death. We both love Harry Potter, and though I don’t like Snape, I love the dedication he has to his love for Lily Potter. “After all this time?” “Always.” I will always love my family and want to be by them.

  • 32. Ashley  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:11 am

    I don’t think I could pick just one word, for me it would be a series of words that represent what’s most important to me in life:
    “breathe, love, laugh, create, look & see, give, just be…”

  • 33. Denise @ The Lovely Bohemian  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I love her website. The “Life is in the details” tattoo is fantastic. It’s kind of what I’m looking for. I’ve been wanting to get a tattoo that says, “Say what you will, I am free”. It’s a lyric from my friend’s song and it resonated with me. I recently left my small hometown to live in LA. It was a huge leap of faith and a lot of people told me I was crazy or stupid for wanting to break out of the safety bubble that was home. In my mind, they can say whatever they want because I’m free…and that’s all that matters.

    xo Denise
    lovelybohemian.blogspot.com

  • 34. Anonymous  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    “Cosmos Mariner” -destination unknown. From Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It’s an inscription on the tombstone of Conrad Aiken in Savannah, who had his tombstone fashioned in the shape of a bench as an invitation to visitors to stop and enjoy a martini at his grave. The phrase has always stuck with me, and is a sort of reminder of how to live life.
    Plus this would be the best excuse to finally get matching (or at least coordinated) tattoos with the beau!

  • 35. Gretchen  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:29 am

    “Cosmos Mariner” -destination unknown. From Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. It’s an inscription on the tombstone of Conrad Aiken in Savannah, who had his tombstone fashioned in the shape of a bench as an invitation to visitors to stop and enjoy a martini at his grave. The phrase has always stuck with me, and is a sort of reminder of how to live life.
    Plus this would be the best excuse to finally get matching (or at least coordinated) tattoos with the beau!

  • 36. sirilovise  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:32 am

    I’ve had a tattoo for my left shoulderblade in the planning stages for three years. It was only last year I decided upon the text “Life isn’t about having the right answers, but finding the interesting answers.” This goes well down with my academic heart, and my desire to someday teach in uni.

  • 37. sydney  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I would get “Elliott, always and forever”– I tell my 3 y/o son (Elliott) that I will love him always and forever every night before bed. As he grows, I want him to know deeply in his heart, that no matter who he becomes, where he goes, what he does, who he loves, that I will love him unconditionally until the end of time.

  • 38. Natalie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:54 am

    I would get “Illegitimi non carborundum” (don’t let the bastards get you down)… my dad will always tell me this when I’m having a rough time of it, and even on the worst of days, I can’t help but smile at it. I would love to get this tattooed on around my left arm, just above my elbow.

  • 39. Faith Slater  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I would get “i carry your heart”–my husband and I read the ee cummings poem with this line in it at our wedding & its my favorite way of saying i love you. I would get the tattooon the side of my rib cage, right by my heart!

  • 40. Anonymous  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I love mara’s work and have wanted to get a design from her for years. this is such a great giveaway! i would get the sentence “winter will come” because i’m obsessed with snowboarding and also as a reminder of the time passing.

  • 41. Jenny W  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    There’s a poem called “Artichoke” by Joseph Hutchinson that I would love. The entirety of it is “O heart weighted down by so many wings.”

  • 42. Megan V  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Such beautiful work. I would get “hope remains in the storm” this was the meaning on the necklace my husband gave me on the morning of our wedding. We have been through some storms and it would be a great reminder that there’s always hope:)

  • 43. Phoebe  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    What a lovely and unusual giveaway! I would put the word agápe on my upper back/lower neck area. My husband and I were dating for eight years and married for five, but the past year has been truly revolutionary for us. In many many ways, it feels like something new and amazing, and I’m so grateful. Agápe means selfless, unconditional love in Greek and it’s a good reminder of how I want to live.

  • 44. aleta  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Omigosh I’ve been following Neither Snow for years… and dreaming about a tattoo for my rib cage that says “Beloved.” It would be a reminder of my identity as a daughter, sister, and friend of the God of the Universe, and how much he loves me!

  • 45. Laura B.  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:20 am

    This is meant to be…I was just pinning beautiful word tattoos yesterday! I would definitely get the word twelve (even more fitting as the winner is chosen Feb 12th!). It has special meaning to me as a date (11/12/13) already for reasons that I will remember a lifetime and now that the Seahawks won the Super Bowl it has even more meaning!! 12th man for life :)

  • 46. Yvonne  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I’ve always loved the word “patience” and what a great reminder that would be as well!

  • 47. brittany  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:39 am

    I would say I think I would get the word “wander” . As of right now I am traveling abroad for a study abroad for school, so I feel like all I am constantly doing is wandering. It is a little lonely at times, but in the same it feels like I am learning so much through my wandering. So it would capture my experience that I am having.

  • 48. Haley O'Callaghan  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Love love love this calligraphy! For a while now I’ve been wanting the word “bloom” on me.

  • 49. krystal/village  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:49 am

    wow this is a fantastic idea for a giveaway! i have been stewing on this forever but i’d like to get “bravado” tattooed on the side of my hand on the outside. to me it would remind me of facing life with bravery whether its doing something out of my comfort zone or doing something that i don’t necessarily want to be doing but need to commit to anyway. also, having a child was brave! anyway, it means a lot of things to me, so that would be mine!

  • 50. Brittany @ Life, Set Sail  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    I think I would have to get “sail”, inspired by my favourite quote by Mark Twain.

    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

    It’s something I strive to live for every day. To live life day to day doing things now instead holding on to the “some day” of the future.

    xx -b.

  • 51. ida  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:55 am

    hi there! I would want the word “ocean” tattooed on me. I feel like I am a creature of the sea sometimes, I miss it so much when I’m not close to one, and I might just have to pack up and leave everything behind and move so I can dip my toes into the ocean every day first thing in the morning. also, I would love for my future children to grow up close to the ocean, I feel like it grounds a person to have this kind of nature element nearby in a way that only nature can. right now I live in austria, europe, surrounded by mountains full of trees. that’s also nature, and also beautiful, but not my kind of jam. I would love the word “ocean” tattooed on me so that a tiny bit of it is alway and forever with me. I feel like with this word tattooed on my body I would feel as a part of it, kind of like “part of the ocean clan”, not in a mafia kind of way, but in a more organic, more an awesome “we are all made of the same atoms and I am made of 60 % water” kind of way.
    I’ve been wanting to get it for a while but couldn’t seem to find someone to write it for me in a way that I liked. so that would be very very awesome!

  • 52. Jessa  |  February 5th, 2014 at 11:05 am

    AH. I LOVE the “i love her” and “i love him” tattoos she did. I peek at them every so often just to be inspired. While it’s probably not socially acceptable to hijack those exact tattoos, I would SO try to convince my husband to get something with me. I really love the phrase “hold fast” in honor of my commitment to my marriage (from genesis 2).

  • 53. Katzi  |  February 5th, 2014 at 11:06 am

    This is going to sound corny but it means a lot to me: I’m a huge MCR fan and their album “The Black Parade” helped get throughout the darkest time of my life. I would love to get “I am not afraid to keep on living / I am not afraid to walk this world alone” (from the song “Famous Last Words”) tattooed on me to remind myself that I am stronger than ever after overcoming what I did and that I am capable of anything and everything!
    Thank you for having this giveaway! xo

  • 54. Sheena Jester  |  February 5th, 2014 at 11:11 am

    The word I would like tattooed on my wrist is “agape” which is defined in the bible as selfless, unconditional, sacrificial love from God. This word means a lot to me. Through my life I have experienced heart ache and continue to turn to God for his everlasting love. Thanks, crossing my fingers I win :)

    xo

  • 55. Torrie G  |  February 5th, 2014 at 11:13 am

    This is probaby cliche in every way, but I would get my daughter’s names done. I have a 16 month old and am 9 months pregnant with our second.. I’ve always planned on getting my babies names done when I was done having them. Both my girls names are also ones that I like the sound/look of – Liberty and Cadence. At first glance they wouldn’t be so obvious they are names! Thanks for a great, and unique, giveaway!

  • 56. Lauren  |  February 5th, 2014 at 11:30 am

    what a fun idea! I’ve always wanted just the word “go” as a tattoo. Simple…but keeps me encouraged to say yes, get out, and GO!

  • 57. audrey  |  February 5th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    i’m recently engaged and i loooove the idea of forgoing a wedding band and having each other’s names tatooed instead!

  • 58. amanda  |  February 5th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    I would love to get the world “glaube” as a tattoo. It is the German word for faith. I would like it to remind me to have the faith to carry on, the faith to push through, even when we don’t always understand why; it gives me a reason for living

  • 59. Leslie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 12:34 pm

    I’ve been thinking about doing this for a long time, and here’s the perfect opp! I’d love to get this quote on my arm: “L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.” It’s from the French book, “Le Petit Prince,” a beautiful children’s story with some pretty deep philosophical messages. Loosely translated, it means “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”

  • 60. Tamara  |  February 5th, 2014 at 12:40 pm

    Would love something simple yet meaningful. “Grateful” should do the trick!

  • 61. Isa  |  February 5th, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Thanks so much for such great giveaway.
    My husband and I always wanted to tattoo ourselves but never did….yet!
    We don’t really know what word is “the world”. With this incredible designs anything will look perfect, don’ t you think?

  • 62. Sarah  |  February 5th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    My husband and I have been talking about getting Tattoos forever! Maybe this would be the thing to push us to do it…we would get ‘all my bones’ (long story)

  • 63. Kat  |  February 5th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I would love to get “I am rooted but I flow”. This is a Virginia Wolf quote I love that I think would look beautiful in this font. It reminds me that having a strong family and friend support system is what has actually given me the strength to live abroad and travel as much as I have. No matter where I am I am always grounded because I have them.

  • 64. Megan flowers  |  February 5th, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    I have been wanting to get beloved on my arm for so long. This is exactly what I want!

  • 65. Megan  |  February 5th, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Oh man, so many ideas for what I’d want to get that’s it hard to narrow it down. I’d be leaning towards something like “refuse to sink” or “hold steady” maybe…guess I’ll have to choose if I win! Great giveaway though.

  • 66. Lucie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I can’t commit to a real tattoo because I’m quite indecisive but this sounds like a fun alternative! I think the word I’d choose would be “quiet”.

  • 67. Courtney  |  February 5th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    Lovely calligraphy, and the photos on the site are gorgeous. I’d choose “beloved” as a reminder that I am beloved and so is every person I come across.

  • 68. Allison  |  February 5th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Way too many ideas for this, but I definitely think I would share it with my fiancé for our wedding in three months. It would be the perfect wedding gift!

  • 69. Michelle  |  February 5th, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    While I love all of the giveaways on your blog, this one really hits home for me as I’ve been wanting to get a special tattoo SO badly since the birth of my son and I’ve been an admirer of Mara’s work for so long. A double whammy. I want to get the words “night and day”, the title of one of my favorite Cole Porter songs, tattooed on my arm. My son’s name is Cole and it represents how having him has changed so much about my life and how I look at the world. This would be a dream come true.

  • 70. Kim S  |  February 5th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    I would get my daughters’ names: Brooklyn, Holland and Liberty. Her calligraphy is positively stunning – I can’t stop looking at her portfolio. Fingers are crossed here for sure!

  • 71. Katie J.  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    My sister and I are looking to get a tattoo together, something special that has meaning for both of us, so not sure of the exact word yet but this is what I would use it for! Thanks!

  • 72. Ieva St  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    I’d go with “take a risk”, I need to remind myself not to be afraid or doubt every singe thing in my life. Great giveaway!

  • 73. Alia  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I’d choose the word WANDERLUST. I have been dreaming of having this on my side for some time now because I’m always craving to explore the world, travel and be a part of different cultures. It will go perfect below my little hearts that represent my parents… :)

  • 74. Sarah  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I have been thinking for about a year now of getting “My Unconquerable Heart” tattooed on my arm – your style of calligraphy would be perfect, because I’d love it to have an organic quality that looks less like words and more like art.

    The phrase is from a stanza in the poem Invictus by William Earnest Henley. That poem means so much to me because it was pretty much my mantra during some difficult times in my life, and that one line encompasses the powerful thought behind it, that I will overcome, no matter what life throws at me. :)

  • 75. Rachel  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    When my husband proposed, he had a poster made with a quote from Harry Potter (nerdy, I know). Tut says “after all this time? Always”. We’ve talked about getting matching “always” tattoos and the calligraphy would be perfect.

  • 76. Amaris  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    I’d want to get “walk by faith” on the inside of my foot! It’s a good reminder for me to always be trusting :)

  • 77. Alexis  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    I would love to get the phrase “il bel far niente”, which means the “beauty of doing nothing”. I heard that phrase a lot when I lived in Italy and it struck such a chord with me. Too often I forget to stop and appreciate all the beauty around me. I even have a blog called “il bel far niente” about my travels in Europe. It would be a nice way to always remember my time in Italy.

  • 78. kerry  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    we have a baby on the way and this would be the perfect valentine’s gift to my husband because i know he’s going to want some ink for this little one

  • 79. Katie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    I grew up at the beach, and although I love where I live now, this ending of an e e cummings poem has always stuck out to me:

    “it’s always ourselves we find in the sea”

  • 80. Liz  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    I would love to have a reminder to be brave added to my tattoos. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

  • 81. shawnee  |  February 5th, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    wow, very cool! i’ve never gotten a tattoo (yet) simply because i couldn’t think of anything i wanted permanent on my body. i’m an english and book nerd though so i would probably choose a word, that would also describe who i am.. i love “free” “stay wild” …I’d have to think hard about it :) xo

  • 82. Jaime  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Maybe “forward” or my daughter’s name, Amelia. Not sure but whatever it would be, I would want it to be something that reminds me of how awesome life really is. Something motivating and strong.

  • 83. Kelsey  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    I would choose the word “nepenthe”. it means “no sorrow”. my mom and i took a mother daughter trip too big sur one weekend while she was very sick with breast cancer. i wanted her to get away from the hospitals and forget that she was sick. we ate at a restaurant there called nepenthe. we both were able to forget for the weekend that she was sick. i want to get that tattoo for her.

  • 84. Tara Victoria  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    oh my gosh freaking out! this is the coolest giveaway i think you’ve ever hosted!!!! it’s like you read my mind! i’ve been wanting to get the phrase “twice around the rainbow” on my arm where i have a rose already. It’s the title of a book my grandmother wrote and almost had published. she’s a writer, very creative and other than me the only person with a creative job in my family. i like to say “she’s the only creative bone in my body.” win or not, thank you for introducing me to neither snow! i’m in love!!!

  • 85. Annie Rose  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I just saw another comment post this but I love it and it means the beauty of doing nothing. I spent my sumer in Italy and this was a way of life. It would be a constant remembrance

  • 86. Anni  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    Mara’s work is just beautiful.

    I would get “go and find” tattooed on me.

    I’m going through something incredibly rough right now, and some days it’s a struggle to get up in the morning, to even think about hope. To me, go and find shows that there’s more out there, that it’s worth fighting for.

  • 87. Katie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    I would get the word “be still” on the inside of my forearm. It’s short for “Be still and know that I am God” from Psalm 46:10. It would be a constant reminder for me to take the time to be still, to be present, and to experience God’s presence in the everyday moments of life. It’s way too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle sometimes and miss the beauty and presence of God in the little things. This calligraphy would be perfect for it. My husband has also been wanting a tattoo for awhile now, so this would be a great gift to him.

  • 88. Meredith S.  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    My word would be” hephzibah” which means “my delight is in her”. It’s a very personal story, but it is the way God feels about me (and all of us!). That or the phrase “the desert blooms in the light of His love” which is a line from a worship song from Housefires that strikes deep into my heart. So many days feel like such a desert, it seems hopeless and dry…but with His love, even the driest place can bloom.

  • 89. Danelle  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    I have been following Mara’s work for years and have wanted one of her amazing calligraphy tattoos for a long time. There are actually two that I would want – ‘breathe’ and ‘sweep me up’. ‘Breathe’, to me, signifies choosing to live. As someone who suffered from panic attacks a lot when I was younger, remembering to just slow down and breathe was one of the only things to calm me down. I also developed asthma as an adult and now have a daily battle with breathing. On the flip side, ‘sweep me up’ has had huge meaning for me since I was a teenager after seeing the movie Waking Life. For me, it’s about accepting death and welcoming it when it arrives – this life could be a mere dream and there could be so much more beyond it. Two very different ideas there, and I would have a trouble deciding on just one if I were to win. I’d probably end up buying the other so that I can have both.

  • 90. chrissy  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    All of neithersnow’s tattoos are absolutely breath-taking. The tattoo I would get would be ‘catcher.’ Catcher in the Rye absolutely touched me in high school, and it still resonates with me a decade later. The tattoo is in honor of my best friend, audrey. We made this promise to each other many moons ago that we’d be each other’s catchers, and we still are.

  • 91. Annie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    ‘so apropos’ from bon iver’s “for emma”, something that has stuck with me ever since first hearing it

  • 92. Hilary noah  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Lucky. Im obsessed with St Paddy’s Day!

  • 93. Elle  |  February 5th, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve wanted the word ‘ephemeral’ as a tattoo for three or so years now. It’s my favorite word: it just sounds beautiful, it’s meaning (something that will fade or has a short time to live, like a flower or a sunset) is beautiful and haunting, it’s ironic because it’s a tattoo so it’s not ephemeral, except then it is, because these bodies we live in are not permanent. Our bodies are ephemeral, fleeting and fading away, but our souls are forever. So many layers! It’s a concept I want on my body as a beautiful reminder all the time, and a calligrapher would do it much justice.

  • 94. Maria Eugenia  |  February 5th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

    I’m the oldest of five sisters. Ever since I was little, I’ve followed all the rules and have tried to be the best example I could have been for my sisters growing up. I’ve always done exactly what my parents have asked of me. Sadly, that is how I’ve ended up studying medicine, something I wasn’t sure I wanted for myself. But day by day, little by little, I grow a little stronger. I’m learning to stand up for myself, learning to accept mistakes. This is why I want to tattoo the words “let go”. I want to learn how to let go and feel free, not bounded by rules and what society may think of me. I would love to win this. It would make it even more special :) Thank you

  • 95. Melissa  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    My dad passed in 2010 and I have a tattoo in his remembrance, but when he passed I lost my joy for life, my zest. So I would get either ‘Joy’ or ‘Zeal’ on my left wrist, to remind me to be who I was before my dad passed.

  • 96. caroline [the diy nurse]  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:21 pm

    Best giveaway ever. I’ve been wanting another one for awhile now. The quote from a mumford and sons song always makes my heart jump when I hear it. “Where you invest your love you invest your life.” Seeing as how I want to leave the field of nursing for something [read:anything] design related it hits home.

  • 97. Becky  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    I would get the word Unicorn. My husband calls me that because I’m always dreaming and plotting my next adventure. When he thinks something is unrealistic, he reaches over and acts like he’s breaking my unicorn horn to bring me back to earth. :)

  • 98. Anni  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    I would get “Fenwick”. My son’s name. My husband and I have been talking about getting his name tattooed since he was born. He just turned 4. My husband has 2 small tattoos and I have zero. Maybe this would be my first :)

  • 99. Ella  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    My boyfriend and I have been talking about getting tattoos; he wants to get “more than anything” and I want to get “more than everything” because that’s what we always say to each other (super corny, I know!)

  • 100. Carly Stotts  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    I live by a simple phrase. “Be kind.” I have thought many times about getting it as a tattoo. I also have considered getting “breathe” on my wrist. A constant reminder that sometimes we just need to take a breath…

  • 101. Lauren  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I would get the word “breathe,” placed somewhere where I could see it readily. I suffer from really bad anxiety, and I’ve always wanted a tattoo that serves as a reminder to slow down and just breathe and I can get through anything. This is also what my boyfriend always tells me when I’m having a panic attack.
    To my boyfriend, his huge and absolutely wonderful family means everything to him. I know “family” is something he’s talked about getting, so that would be perfect for him.

  • 102. alexa  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    i would get one of 2 things:
    1) “외국인”
    (waegukin, which means foreigner)
    i lived in korea for 2 years after college graduation; it was the only place i could get a decent job and that’s where i truly “found” myself after college, as corny as it may be. i’d always felt like an outsider in the US, always taller than everyone, louder than normal, smarter than what my peers accepted. it wasn’t til i moved to korea, where i was stared at daily for being a tall, blonde lady, that i really accepted myself for who i’d become. i was able to accept my differences, and embrace the fact that i’ll never look like or act anyone else. and i’m ok with that.

    2) “as long as i’m living, my mumsy you’ll me”.
    my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer when i was 11. this will be her 14th year of remission. i want this to cup my left breast along the underwire line because my mom had a left breast mastectomy as a result of her cancer. no matter how she felt during her illness, she always did her best to take care of me and my 2 siblings. the traditional line from the book is “as long as i’m loving my mommy you’ll be”, but i call her mumsy, so i’d alter the line to fit my family.

  • 103. Laura  |  February 5th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    I would get the word “strong” on my rib cage. From my life choices, to my own journey with physical fitness, I need reminders to be strong sometimes!

  • 104. Melissa Kim  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get my son’s name Leo tattoed on me since he was in my womb. I’ve just been looking for the perfect way to write it and this calligraphy is amazing! He is everything to me. Every time I’d look down it, I’d know he’s with me in those times I can’t be with him.

  • 105. Reba  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    At the risk of being “that person” I have to share. This giveaway could not have come at a better time. My younger brother passed away unexpectedly two years ago. While that may seem like a while ago on the outside – two years has felt like the blink of an eye on the inside. The first year I spent trying to get rid past the shock and disbelief. This second year I am trying to learn to live “life without Andy”. One of the the things I’ve been certain of is that I would get a tattoo to memorialize him. His birthday is 3/20 and I’d love to do it on that day (one that has been really hard to get through since he has been gone). I would love to get “that’s reasonable” as it was something he would say all the time as a way to show he loved/agreed with something. Example: “dude do you want to get chinese?” “that sounds reasonable”. “dude I’m pregnant you’re going to be an uncle.” “that’s reasonable.” I am not sure if I could get that tatted on me even though I LOVED when he would say that. However, I did find this: the word Saudade. Saudade is once described as “the love that remains” after someone is gone. Because that is what I focus on now – the love that he gave all of us while he was here and how that is what is left of him now that he is gone. His love. I feel it every single day and I’m so grateful for that.

    Thank you for hosting such an awesome giveaway.

  • 106. Cassie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    My husband and I are nearing our 9th wedding anniversary and we’ve been talking a lot about getting a tattoo to commemorate our marriage and each other. We’ve beat the odds making it this far, considering we had only “known” each other for a week before eloping in Vegas at the ripe old age of 19. I would get his name (Maat) on my ribcage, like the picture shown above.

  • 107. Suzanne  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    The love I want to honor is self-love. In college I took several literature classes with a professor who profoundly influenced my life and who recently passed away. Since then I have been reflecting on some our discussions, many of which were about the dysfunctional relationships in whatever we were reading (Hemmingway, Fitzgerald, T.S. Eliot, and Faulkner primarily). My professor frequently framed these relationships with Carl Jung’s animus/anima theory, and often advised us that in order to be in healthy relationships, we must be in touch with our animus (or anima). He would say if we didn’t nurture both our masculine and feminine sides, we might find ourselves too dependent on a significant other who we hope might fill that void in ourselves. He’d often use ‘the kind of girl who always has a boyfriend’ to illustrate this problem. I’ve always been ‘the kind of girl who always has a boyfriend,’ and the past few months have been the first I’ve spent being single in a long time. It has been a very revealing time for me, and I’ve been able to find the ways in which I am stronger than I knew and the ways that I might need to grow. I plan to get a tattoo on my arm of “animus,” as a celebration of my independence and completeness and a reminder to always nurture this part of myself with or without a man.

  • 108. Tara  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    I have wanted a tattoo forever, but have never pulled the trigger. Partly because I know what I want but haven’t seen the right presentation of it I’d want on my body forever. Also, what I want is a tribute to my mother (single mom, raised both me and my sister) and she is VERY opposed to tattoo’s. She thinks everything is a half sleeve (which I still think is beautiful) and doesn’t understand how some can be really gorgeous and captivating and rather simple as well. I’d love to be able to show her my tattoo in honor of her and have her fall in love with it and for her to see it isn’t a dragon wrapped around a heart that says “MOM” on the side of my neck :)

  • 109. Shannon  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    My journey as a mother began a few months ago. I would love to have my daughter’s name, Grace inked on my arm. It is cliche, but my world changed the second I saw her. Having the word “Grace” made into a beautiful calligraphic artwork would be amazing! Beautiful work, Neither Snow!

  • 110. Alisha J  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    Hi there. I would love to get the name, “Jensen” tattooed on me, which is my surname. A few years ago I had my mother’s maiden name tattooed on my forearm and I’d like to honour my father’s side of the family by having their name on my body too. I don’t live near my parents anymore and I miss them every day. I like looking down and seeing my mother’s heritage permanently inked on me.

  • 111. Teresa T  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    I want the word fearless. It’s hokey, I know, but since my early twenties I have been struck by crippling fear and anxiety and it has taken me almost a decade to feel somewhat normal again. It took me seven years to get my undergraduate degree after I kept having to change schools after I flunked out from absences at one or the other. I am taking my first plane ride alone next week and this (to me) is the last hurdle. If I can do this, not if WHEN, I don’t have to be afraid of anything ever again. I can vanquish the fear and anxiety from my life.

    So I’ll need this to celebrate when I get home. <3

  • 112. Jessie Love  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    It’s funny that you have this contest going on. I’ve been wanting to get a tattoo for the last 4 years, and I’ve always wanted the french word “rien” in beautiful calligraphy.

    In 2010, my mother came to visit me in Paris with her good friend. We had a wonderful night out, and came home. As her friend stepped out of our elevator he took one step too far and fell down the stairs. I chased after him but there was nothing anyone could do. I had to wake my mother up and tell her what had happened. I spent the next 2 weeks organising his repatriation to the US, as I was the only one who spoke French. I returned to the US with my mother for his funeral, and then back to France to continue working. A couple of weeks later due to fall out from the accident (I worked and lived in the same building as a nanny) I was fired and forced to return home with nothing. From there, I’ve steadily rebuilt my life piece by piece. I’ve found a fulfilling job that not only energises me but also allows me to be successful. I’ve found a man I want to spend the rest of my life with, and I’ve managed to recover the pieces of who I am.

    The word “rien” means nothing in french and to me, it’s where I came from and what I’ve built on. And in the end je ne regrette rien.

  • 113. Caroline C  |  February 5th, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I’ve been dreaming about Mara’s lettering for a tattoo for years now but I haven’t taken the plunge. I think I’d choose the words “everything you can imagine is real” spoken by Pablo Picasso. How dreamy, right? A reminder that there are no limits to creativity.
    My initial fear about getting a tattoo was regret down the road, or picking words I would grow old of but these? I’d make them mine.

  • 114. esther  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    I’ve been thinking about a tattoo for a while now. I’ve always wanted one but said that I would only ever get one if it was something that could be applicative to me for my entire life. I’ve been struggling with some health issues for a few years, wanting to have kids while a lot of my friends are going ahead and doing just that, feeling like my career just isn’t valuable and so the depression and anxiety have been overwhelming. I’ve been contemplating the phrase “today I choose joy” for my wrist – a constant reminder that the first step to a joyful life is the choice, and that it has to be made every single day!

  • 115. Caroline  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    If I can get a phrase, I would like to get “She has no fear of winter for her household” – it’s from Proverbs. It’s significant because ever since my parents divorced, and learning of my mother’s many remarriages, I’ve held onto a fear of marriage. I believed I could make it on my own, depend on no one, and in the past year I got married. Which is a small (by small, I mean huge) miracle for me. I gave up a substantial part of my heart that had always clung to what I thought was my greatest strength, and of course I learned (the hard way) that it was really insecurities. I met my husband 2, almost 3, years ago and it’s definitely had hurtles (mainly ones I put in our way) and with each wall he tore down I was surprised that I didn’t feel weakened. Each wall was replaced with a bridge founded on trust, encouragement, and ultimately, love. I know there will be hurtles in the future, but I’ve learned that I can’t be strong if I keep myself separated from love. I would like a tattoo of that passage because to me it’s says that my choices and relationships do not and will not inherit my mother’s – and I choose to not live in fear of that shadow. Love isn’t co-dependency – it’s freedom, strength, and life.

  • 116. Alexa  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I would choose to get the world “believe” for my tattoo design. Something I struggle with in life is believing. I have a hard time finding something to believe in, and when I am going through hard times I tend to go to a dark place. It’s hard for me to look past the hard times and believe that something greater will come. Having believe tattooed on me will be a constant reminder for me to believe in myself and help give me strength in times of weakness.

  • 117. Amanda  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    I love the “spark” calligraphy! The bold lines soo compliment the thin ones.
    I would write “infinity”. My boyfriend and I have an inside gesture that means infinity when we say goodbye. I’d place it on my ribcage right underneath my heart.

  • 118. Mara Dawn  |  February 5th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    Her lettering is always gorgeous. I’d probably do “freedom.” I decided to leave the office job world this year and go out on my own as a freelance designer and start my own business. It also has a religious meaning to me, as “freedom” in Christ.

  • 119. Emily  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    All of her designs are gorgeous! I would want to get “little darling” designed, which comes from Here Comes the Sun by The Beatles. I would want it designed because it reminds me of when my mom used to sing me that song to sleep at night when I was little.

    Also, when I lived in London last year, the city had its coldest winter in 18 years and its coldest spring in 50 years. I remember walking through the city when the sun was finally peaking out from behind the clouds and the air finally started warming. My mom visited me in London, and I can easily say I had the best time of my life. I’m really close to my mom, so having had my mom in a city that I loved so much is something I love looking back on. The tattoo would always remind me of the simple happiness that comes from being somewhere so great with the people you love!

  • 120. Lauren  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    I would get my cat’s name: Momers. I think it would look beautiful in script. And my husband loves that little kitteh more than anything.

  • 121. Bethany  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I would get the word “yesh”. I find myself automatically saying no much too often and it was my youngest daughters second word, after mama. She would always go around saying “yeah” to everything she wanted/needed/or just for fun…made me think about saying yes more often.

  • 122. Christina  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I love this!!! I would love to have the name “Sean” tattooed on me. I’ve been planning it for years, but could never find it done in any writing I could approve of, and this is perfect! Sean is my soon to be 13 year old son. I know many parents want their children’s names on them as well. My story behind this is it wasn’t, at first, my sons name. When I was in High School,I met this boy named Sean. He was a total goof…the class clown. We noticed we had a lot of the same interests, and also shared the same favorite band (deftones). After we had become really close, best friends, he confided in me and told me how depressed he was, and he had been contemplating suicide. I understood. I had felt that way before but no one could tell because I always acted so happy. It was a mask. He was shocked I believed him. He was a year younger than me, which isn’t much, but when you’re 17 it’s a huge difference. Everything that he was going through in life, I had already gone through. He had told me he had tried to talk to others and no one would believe him, and he didn’t have a great relationship with his father. We would stay up late at night, talking, and I became his confidant. I helped him through so much and he was doing so much better. I had to take a family trip 8 hours away to visit my cousin that had just enlisted in the Marines. I would be gone for a week. I didn’t have a cell phone back then, or anything like that. I told him if he needed anything to call my parents and they could call my aunt to get a hold of me, and I would call back. (My dad wasn’t taking the trip and my mom wasn’t going to leave until a few days after I did). My mom called me on my birthday, the day before she was going to leave and informed me that someone kept calling the house the night before, but they kept hanging up. I tried calling Sean to see if it was him, and no answer. The next day my mom came up north where I was along with some other family, and another cousin had informed me Sean took his own life that night. I blamed myself for years, and it took its toll on me. A while later I got together with my now husband, and we have our son. Named Sean.
    Sorry this is so long, I honestly did cut out a lot of it.

    The 2nd word is “Guzman”. It is my maiden name. I am my paternal grandparents first ever grandchild and my name means so much to me, I’ve always wanted it on me. Family is so important and my roots will always be a part of me. I never forget where I came from.

    Thank you so much for the chance!

  • 123. Julianne  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    I would get “Honorata Virginia” (the names of my grandmothers) tattooed on me. I think something a tattoo is a great way to honor two women who have greatly impacted who I am today.

  • 124. Jessie  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:23 pm

    I was just looking at Mara Zepeda’s tattoo designs while doing research for my first tattoo. I have fallen in love with the look of calligraphy over the past few months (I am even signed up for a calligraphy class at you studio in a few months). I would love to get “Nova” tattooed on my inner left bicep. My mom has lived in my childhood home since she was five years old. I I’ve in LA now and I am so thankful to have such a solid home base. I know friends who have moved from house to house and even state to state as kids. I didn’t realize until more recently how lucky I am. Every crack, creek, tree and beam has a story that connects back to those I love, and I can always go back to it. Our house sits on Nova drive, and I think “Nova” is the perfect word to commemorate my home, my childhood, and my family.

  • 125. Stacia  |  February 5th, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    What beautiful work! I’ve been wanting to get the word “fly” tattooed on my collar bone. It’s hard to encapsulate everything that work causes me to envision and feel – but it basically comes down to being unbound and uninhibited and just going for it.

  • 126. Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Best giveaway, ever! I’ve been planning (for quite a while now) to work with a calligrapher on my second tattoo and decided at the beginning of 2014, that this is the year. The word is ‘Beloved’. I want it tattooed on my right arm, on the upper inside portion.

    My reasons are two-fold:
    a) Beloved is the meaning of the name ‘Amy’ (that’s me!).
    b) Beloved means ‘to be greatly loved’, which, ironically/sadly has always been something I’ve struggled to believe about myself. Accepting myself for who I am and feeling beautiful and worthy of love doesn’t come easy for me. I want that constant visual reminder that I am indeed Beloved.

    Thanks Bri!

  • 127. Jesse  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    I am a big fan of Mara’s work, and have spent many a lunch breaks at my desk browsing her site! I would have my husband’s name – Edward Merrill- tattooed on my arm. He is my rock, my forever.

  • 128. Jinan Munro  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I’ve been wanting to get a written tattoo for two years, but haven’t been able to find a pretty enough calligraphy until now. The calligraphy of Neither Snow is absolutely gorgeous! I would get “somnium maior” which means “dream bigger” in Latin. This would be a constant reminder to me to keep dreaming bigger and bigger and never settle.

  • 129. Caitlin  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:52 pm

    It may seem simple, but I would choose the words “stay strong” which I’ve been planning to have tattooed on the outside of my left wrist. The other would probably be “laugh to live” or “live what you love.” Last May, my dad was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer and suffered a stroke during surgery, rending his left side immobile. Two months later, my mom was diagnosed with lymphoma. It’s been a hard year for my family, but we are strong and know laughing and smiling at the small stuff is what gets us through the day. Mara’s work is just so beautiful!

  • 130. Phoebe  |  February 5th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I would choose to get the word “hope” engraved somewhere on my hand. After the passing of a close friend a couple years ago, I realized that hope is not just a thing with feathers that flits with the waxing and waning of emotion but that it is something to hold onto. Hope and the beauty of holding onto it has helped me face the reality of the death of my friend and I hope to look at the word in my hand and be reminded to press on.

  • 131. ric  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    I’ve been toying with the idea of getting my family’s initials tattooed; however, because they’re “TNT” (my eldest’s, wife’s, & youngest’s) it has been suggested to go the whimsical way: a stick of tnt. As my daughters are the only tangible proof of my existence, I would prefer a different route. My wife being the glue keeping us together deserves a place, too. Also, it’s not too hard, in Portland, to find a free-hand artist. So, if I were to get the calligraphy done as beautifully as it appears on your site, I could probably afford the ink work. Irrespective of the outcome, grazie & buona fortuna!

  • 132. rebecca  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:32 pm

    i would get tattooed “joe” my dads name. he died last year. i miss him.

  • 133. Chelsea  |  February 5th, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    At our wedding, our best friend who officiated, read a Shel Silverstein quote during our ceremony. It celebrates possibility. My husband and I got married around my one year anniversary of entering an inpatient facility for depression (and more). I am surviving, we are stronger. We are now struggling with infertility. I want a reminder of possibility and strength. We would love to each get a part of the quote tattooed on us to serve as that reminder. Thanks! xo

  • 134. Ella  |  February 6th, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I would get the phrase “all my fears”. It would be a great reminder for me, because in the last 10 years I defined myself by my fears and the things I don’t want to do and don’t want to be. I have learned it in the hard way that how much energy you can get from these fears that you want to beat.

  • 135. Valerie  |  February 6th, 2014 at 1:46 am

    I spent the first 25 years of my life wrapped up in the clutches of perfectionism and fear of failure, which is so deadly to any kind of creativity. Recently I’ve been going through a renaissance of self — breaking through the fear and into a bunch of unexpected and wildly satisfying creative ventures. And the thing I mutter under my breath a lot these days is, “I will dare.”

  • 136. Natalie  |  February 6th, 2014 at 4:21 am

    I haven´t given this all too much thought, but I would choose to have the words “es muss sein” tattooed. It’s a German phrase that means “it must be.” It plays a major role in the book “The Unbearable Lightness of Being,” one of my favorite books, and the book that led to one of the first conversations between my boyfriend and I. It would look beautiful with this calligraphy.

  • 137. Paola  |  February 6th, 2014 at 4:57 am

    This is such a lovely idea. I think I’d get the word “leap” tattooed on me. It’s a great reminder to be brave and take chances and also commemorates my wedding day which was on Leap Day!

  • 138. Caroline  |  February 6th, 2014 at 5:07 am

    Le 17 Octobre dernier, j’ai donné naissance à ma première magnifique petite fille prénommée Iris dans une petite ville du sud de la France. A cet instant même, ma vie a pris tout son sens, faisant de moi une mère. Depuis tout est différent, et je souhaiterai garder le souvenir de ce moment qui a changé ma vie en me faisant tatouer son prénom.

    On the last 17th of October, I gave birth to my first amazing little girl named IRIS, in a small city in the south of France. In this moment, my life found a way, I became a mother. I would like to keep the memory of that moment which changed my life so I would like to get her named tattoed on ma arm.

    PS: sorry for the translation ;0)

  • 139. Kelsey Neal  |  February 6th, 2014 at 5:25 am

    Lovely! I feel like you get could almost anything tattooed in this calligraphy and it would look amazing :) , but I always wanted “la vie en rose”. I try to look on the bright side. For the last two years I have been living in Kyrgyzstan as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and learning to see life in a rosier light has helped me through a lot of difficult experiences.

  • 140. Liv biggar  |  February 6th, 2014 at 5:28 am

    I would get “mean streak”, an ode to my personality

  • 141. nikki  |  February 6th, 2014 at 5:47 am

    I would chose the word “FATUM.” It has a special meaning to me.

  • 142. alison s  |  February 6th, 2014 at 6:20 am

    I’d like the phrase “so it goes.” It’s got so much emotion and so little emotion packed into three short words. To me, it means that stuff happens, life goes on.

  • 143. emma  |  February 6th, 2014 at 6:33 am

    I love mara’s work! I have been thinking about getting the word “wander” as a tattoo because one of my passions is to travel and see the world. I have a little wanderlust in me!

  • 144. krissy  |  February 6th, 2014 at 6:42 am

    I’ve been thinking about a text tattoo for a while now and I really would love a quote from peter pan, “Now, think of the happiest things,” as my tat. I used to be a person who was pretty withdrawn and tended to focus on the negative. But, now I’ve grown up and realize that happiness is a choice, but it is something I must be reminded of sometimes. This quote coming from a story about endless childhood really speaks to me in a way I can’t adequately explain, we’re all forced to grow up too soon. I would like to have a constant reminder to chill out, have fun and think of some happy thoughts. p.s. mara’s work is so gorgeous! thanks for this giveaway

  • 145. Catina  |  February 6th, 2014 at 7:08 am

    I love these, so beautiful. I would definitely get “be brave”.. because everything Iv’e done and haven’t done yet in life, bravery has been the key.

  • 146. Jenny  |  February 6th, 2014 at 7:12 am

    “Adventure” “Wanderlust” two words I would like to get. I love to travel to unusual places and do adventurous things like climb mountains. These words would look stunning in Mara’s handwriting.

  • 147. L.Brooks  |  February 6th, 2014 at 7:15 am

    My husband died this year (03/01/14) age 38 after a 7year battle with cancer. I would like to get ‘come what may’ from Shakespeare’s Macbeth and my favourite film Moulin Rouge. I’m not sure what he would make of it as he hated musicals and its very cheesy but he was a hopeless romantic so secretly I’m sure he would be pleased. We always knew it might not be forever and so had 12years of being happy every day and loving each other fully. We had no regrets. Thanks to the happiness we shared I am able to move forward with positive energy and love in my heart always – ‘come what may’.

  • 148. Clara  |  February 6th, 2014 at 7:28 am

    ‘Eustress’, which is basically good stress. And it’s a term I hold dear to my heart ever since I started going to therapy. All my 20s where just filled with ‘distress’, that right now I’m focusing on turning that stress into a positive one, hence, ‘eustress’ :)

  • 149. Emma  |  February 6th, 2014 at 8:16 am

    Bright!

  • 150. Claire T  |  February 6th, 2014 at 8:17 am

    This is too good to be true! I have been snooping at Neither Snow for a while now and am currently trying to save up to get a tattoo designed by her. My grandfather, who is now well into his 90’s and has alzheimers, has always had the most positive attitude. He lives in North Carolina and I live in Minnesota, so growing up I wasn’t able to see him as often as I would have liked. One very clear memory I have of visiting him as a child was the way he answered the phone or talked with a stranger – anytime someone asked him how he was doing, his response, no fail, was always “never better”. Even to this day, even when his mind and body are failing him: Never Better. I would love to get this tattooed because it’s a reminder that life is good, even on the worst of days, so don’t take anything for granted. Thank you for this awesome opportunity!

  • 151. Nichole  |  February 6th, 2014 at 9:19 am

    Probably my husband’s name, on my left side rib cage. Cause I do really like him ;)

  • 152. Nina  |  February 6th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    I usually can never share this story, but the internet is private right? My now fiancé and I were at the full moon party in Thailand and let’s say we ate something that made us hallucinate. (Must’ve been that Pad Thai). I thought I was going to float away if I didn’t hold on to something so my fiancé and I went and hid in a tree and I said “please don’t ever let go” and he held onto my hands and said, “I’ll never let go.” It’s kinda cheesy but I knew then that I wanted to marry him and that he would always be there for me for the rest of my life. I’ve been debating a tattoo for a while but I think I’d want to get “Never let go” in calligraphy to remind us of a time that made us laugh but had a bigger meaning behind it.

  • 153. shelley  |  February 6th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    i would get “beautiful” but i would get it backwards so that it was legible to me when looking in a mirror. just a little reminder to myself that beauty is in the eye of beholder.

  • 154. Liza  |  February 6th, 2014 at 9:58 am

    I would get the words: “as i am” as reminder to take the time to love myself & accept all the parts of me that I’ve found dissatisfying over the years.

  • 155. Megan  |  February 6th, 2014 at 10:05 am

    I would get “insatiable” as a permanent and powerful reminder to always strive to do better; give more; and never, ever settle.

  • 156. rawathe  |  February 6th, 2014 at 10:06 am

    My fave quote from one of my fave movies/plays: only sad hours seem long…

  • 157. Deborah  |  February 6th, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I would chose “Suki”. It’s the name of the little kitten my boyfriend and I found on the street. When we found him he was really really tiny, cold and hungry so we took him in! He’s still a little kittykat, although he thinks he’s the king of the world. Suki is our little baby and brought me and my boyfriend even closer together!!

  • 158. Maira  |  February 6th, 2014 at 10:47 am

    I want a tatoo that says Alis Volat Propriis (she flies with her own wings) for so long…

  • 159. Becky  |  February 6th, 2014 at 10:48 am

    I would pick “9 25 87″ because that was the date my parents brought me home to America from South Korea (I’m adopted). I’ve wanted it for a long time and just haven’t found the write font yet, but Neither Snow’s calligraphy would be beautiful to represent the mark of my parent’s love for me and I to them. Thanks Bri, this giveaway is definitely one of the coolest ones you’ve had.

    B.

  • 160. Kelli  |  February 6th, 2014 at 11:07 am

    This would be my very first tattoo! I love the simplicity of calligraphy. I would get “honest” because it reminds me to look at the world and my interactions with it in a more truthfully honest way. Great work!

  • 161. 8 ball pool cheats&hellip  |  February 6th, 2014 at 11:14 am

    8 ball pool cheats

    D E S I G N L O V E F E S T

  • 162. Mariah Danielsen  |  February 6th, 2014 at 12:36 pm

    I’d definitely get the word ‘love’ on my left arm. I love this idea because my business is centered around love, and its my goal to look at each person with love instead of jealousy or hate. It’s something I’ve wanted for a while, and this would be the perfect way to do it!

  • 163. Sarah  |  February 6th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    this is just an update to my comment above, for some reason i had a total brain fart and wrote the wrong word in the tattoo phrase I want. I can’t believe i did that because this is a phrase I have wanted to get as a tattoo for so long now – weird!
    anyway, this is my comment from above, edited:

    I have been thinking for about a year now of getting “my unconquerable soul” tattooed on my arm – your style of calligraphy would be perfect, because I’d love it to have an organic quality that looks less like words and more like art.
    The phrase is from a stanza in the poem Invictus by William Earnest Henley. That poem means so much to me because it was pretty much my mantra during some difficult times in my life, and that one line encompasses the powerful thought behind it, that I will overcome, no matter what life throws at me. :)

  • 164. Tina Martinez  |  February 6th, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    I would get ‘Sash’ and ‘Isles’, my daughter’s names. They are my world and I love their sweet nicknames that my husband and I have come to call them.

  • 165. Katrina  |  February 6th, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    I would like to get “sly,” my nickname for my boyfriend, on my wrist because of the way he looks at me with these sly wolf eyes, like he’s been quietly stalking me and he’s about to eat me up. It sounds dark, but it’s such an intensely loving gaze and it makes me feel so beautiful when he looks at me that way.
    My boyfriend is happiest when he’s deep in the middle of nowhere, and he has wanted to get “mountains are the means,” from a quote by alpinist Walter Bonatti, along his bicep. We were friends for ten years before a seemingly-average day together changed everything and we decided to go for it and be more than friends. Our first year as a couple we had to live apart for the summer and our commitment and love for each other grew on our rare weekends together as we hiked through damp forests and fell asleep in dusty patches underneath the stars. The mountains were the means that kept us together.
    We’ve previously admired Mara’s calligraphy. This would be so special for both of us.

  • 166. steph  |  February 6th, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I would get “perseveranti dabitur” – it’s the latin words inscribed under my family crest meaning “it will be given to those who persevere”. I was attacked last year and I keep this quote on my wall to remind myself daily.

  • 167. Jackie  |  February 6th, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    a) this giveaway is awesome. What a great idea. And so pretty!

    b) “huckleberry” would be my word. For a few reasons. The first is the song Huckleberry by Toby Keith. It’s just a lovey little nickname, like calling someone honey or sweetheart, but my husband and I call each other huckleberry and it’s the sweetest sentiment and the sweetest little word. AND! My life career goal is to own a little ice cream shop called Huckleberry Ice Cream Shop. I get laughed at a lot when I tell people that, but I know I’m going to do it anyways, with or without my family and friend’s support. So it’s also a reminder to me that I have to make things happen for myself. This shop will survive or die all because of me and I choose survive.

    huckleberry :)

  • 168. Kenzie  |  February 6th, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    I would probably get “strength” or something along those lines. I’ve always been referred to as strong and able to keep my head up and keep going, when I’ve just wanted to be weak.

  • 169. Amy  |  February 6th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    I would choose “Amato” – my last name. I’m married but did not take my husband’s last name because I just love my name too much. It means “loved” in Italian.

  • 170. jone  |  February 6th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Nora. My little girl’s name. In her I see a little bit of the people that I love. I will teach her with all that I am and I am shaped by the people who have loved me.

  • 171. Elizabeth Quinton  |  February 6th, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    Dying over this giveaway! I have followed & seen her work FOREVER & have always wanted a tattoo like this. I might have to get three! I want my husband’s name, something in honor of my precious grandmother & matching tatts with my sister/ BFF. So excited !!!!

  • 172. Dani  |  February 6th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    I have always wanted the tattoo “think of a wonderful thought.” Not only is it a perfectly spirit-lifting mantra, but I have always felt a strong connection to the story and film adaptations of Peter Pan, the idea of being forever young in your heart, and the idea that a happy thought will lift you up into the air. :)

  • 173. Jude  |  February 6th, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Harper-Jay and Aria-Emerson are the names that I would get. Those are the names of my children. They are my world. My strength and my light. They have taught me so much and I continue to learn from them every single day. The have taught me about the beauty of unconditional love. My life has become richer and more purposeful since they became a part of it. There are days filled with wonder and excitement as I see them grow and learn new things. The world through their little eyes is always new and refreshing. I feel like having their names tattooed on me would be a constant presence of energy, joy and delight as I continue to watch them learn and grow with every new day that comes and goes.

  • 174. Raeanne  |  February 6th, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I would love to win this to give as a gift to my mother and sister. Although I cannot decide for them the words to get I know they would love it.

  • 175. Robin  |  February 6th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    I have a small blue heart on my inner forearm. My husband of 30 years has the same one…except that he no longer wants to be married to me. I’ve had an intense year of hurt and healing, and now I want to alter the heart. I would love to have “freedom” calligraphied over the heart. The other word that is important to me is “compassion.” It’s tough to look at my tattoo every day and be reminded of what I thought was a symbol of our love…I would love to move on.

  • 176. kimberly  |  February 6th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    best giveaway! i’ve been a fan of theirs for the longest. my husband and i have tossed around the idea of each other’s names but, while we’re each pretty tattooed, a spouse’s name can be kind of…tacky. ain’t nothin’ tacky about these though! fingers crossed!

  • 177. Chelsea Lundy  |  February 6th, 2014 at 3:22 pm

    I would get the words Gran & Grampy tattooed on my to commemorate my Grandma, and late grandpa who passed away from Parkinson’s Disease 3 years ago. He was a fighter, and there love was beautiful – together since they were 15 years old. Something I look up to and cherish. <3

  • 178. LaurenPenn  |  February 6th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    I have wanted the word “push” as a tattoo since I was 15. 7 years later, I still want that tattoo but have never known what I wanted it to look like. Calligraphy would be perfect. It comes from a necklace I have, and it stands for “pray until something happens”. This has been my mantra for living and a huge foundation in my faith. Best giveaway ever!

  • 179. Olivia  |  February 6th, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    I’m probably the last person on earth who would ever get a tattoo, but I lost my dad seven months ago and have been thinking of ways to honor his memory and the impact that he had on my life. His name was Gottlieb, which in German means God’s love. He immigrated to the US from Austria and was never fond of his name because it was so different, but the meaning behind it suited him well. On the surface he was a true man’s man – he could chop down a tree, put a new addition onto your house, fix that leaky faucet and get your car up and running again. But on the inside, he had a heart of gold with a kind and warm soul who was filled with love for his family, friends and those in need. He was always there for others no matter what the cause putting their needs above his own. As a dad, he taught me how to tie my shoes, picked me up and wiped away my tears when I fell and showed me what it means to love unconditionally. He was my protector, my hero, my heart. He embodied the meaning behind his name and to honor him and all that he was I would like to get “gottlieb”.

  • 180. kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS  |  February 6th, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Awesome. or Maya + Senna
    It’s a word can be loud or subtle, but always means so much and contains a lot of positivity. Or my girls names, because without them I would be sleeping in late, watching more tv and not having nearly as much fun as I am with them in my life. They are awesome.

  • 181. Susan  |  February 6th, 2014 at 5:15 pm

    I love Mara’s work so much! She inspired me this week big-time. If I could have any tattoo, I’d love her to write the word “grace.” Not just because it’s a pretty word (but it is!) but I’d put it on my right arm to remind myself to find the grace in myself and in others, and in the world! We all need to be reminded to give ourselves some grace sometimes. Thanks for this, Bri!

  • 182. Rachel Nagel  |  February 6th, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I love it! I would tattoo the word JOY somewhere, most likely on my wrist. I need to constant reminder to have joy in every circumstance! <3

  • 183. Fenny Setiawan  |  February 6th, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    I would love the word “Faith”. That is my daughter middle name. We name her Faith because in the future when she started to understand how life could be difficult, I wish that she always walk her life by faith not only by sight.

  • 184. Jessica Alderton  |  February 6th, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I would get ‘Oliver’ after my son. We almost lost him twice, once while i was only 11 weeks pregnant and then again at only three days old. He’s our reason for living and i have my husbands name and would love to add my little mans.

  • 185. James  |  February 6th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    Soooo let me start by telling you that my wife & I are oddly obsessed with Lionel Richie. We recently saw him in concert on our very first visit to Brooklyn. We decided we would get tattoos to comemorate the experience. I got his face on my ribs (it looks so much better than it sounds) and she was suppose to get the title of one of his songs “Truly”. The only problem was the writing she was looking for was yours and the tattoo artist couldn’t come close to duplicating it so it never happened. Now that we know it’s “you we’re looking for”. Pleeeeeease pick us and make a sweet girl happy. Thanks. BTW you’re super talented.

  • 186. Mackenzie  |  February 6th, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I’m not sure exactly what I would get, but I would probably want to get something with my sister! We’ve talked about it but never actually got tattoos.

  • 187. Kristine  |  February 6th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    If I were to pick a word or phrase I would use “strength” or “take a risk.” I am recovering from panic disorder and agoraphobia for almost 3 years, and I feel like these words would give me more motivation to conquer my fears and remind myself that I’ve gone through a lot and of my accomplishments. It’s been a goal of mine that I hold off on tattoos until I’ve made progress with my anxiety and I feel like I’m finally getting there. If I were to win, this would be a blessing and the perfect timing. <3

  • 188. Rachel Rainbow  |  February 6th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Fun giveaway! I would get the word “create” to remind myself where I am heading, why I work so hard + what I love. It’s so easy to get caught up in it all. I would gift the other design to my man.

  • 189. Stevie-Ella  |  February 7th, 2014 at 2:30 am

    I’ve actually been looking for a writing style for a tattoo I’ve wanted for a while now. A tattoo artist I spoke to told me to find a flowing, handwriting style for the best effect and this looks perfect!

    The phrase I want is ‘Make Good Art’ taken from a speech from my favourite author, Neil Gaiman: http://vimeo.com/42372767

    I’ve wanted it as a reminder that no matter what’s happening, making good art makes it better.

  • 190. Annalisa  |  February 7th, 2014 at 4:33 am

    I’d get “Celebrate the little things” on my arm, just to remember it every day!

  • 191. Mylla  |  February 7th, 2014 at 7:10 am

    I think the most beautiful words I could ever want to carry with me is “be still”, because in the midst of so many difficulties I can only trust God and believe that he is taking care of everything

  • 192. Thalita  |  February 7th, 2014 at 8:03 am

    “Be still and know…” The calligraphy is so stunningly beautiful!

  • 193. Jessa Jenkins  |  February 7th, 2014 at 8:10 am

    I would get the word BREATHE because I think it’s beautiful and I suffer from anxiety.
    The only thing that can help me, is when I concentrate in my breathing and count ins and outs.
    Breathing is something our body does automatically for us, but when we concentrate on it, it can do so much more.

  • 194. Simone Pierson  |  February 7th, 2014 at 10:12 am

    “Everything’s a mess, and all is well.” This phrase represents how I’ve learned to love and embrace my messier, vulnerable side and let go of perfectionism. It would be so meaningful to have it done in just beautiful and fluid calligraphy. Thanks for this giveaway!

  • 195. Jenieva  |  February 7th, 2014 at 10:27 am

    This is so amazing! I have so many ideas! I’m getting married in May and this would be the perfect time for my fiancé and I to get our matching “always” tattoos we’ve always talked about getting. Or I would get “to the moon and back” on my shoulder blade for my fiancé.

  • 196. Katharina  |  February 7th, 2014 at 11:54 am

    my name is katharina and i am from germany. i would get something with high energy like “i am” . i´ve never won something, but this time i asked the universe. i appreiate your art and think it´s a great talent your are sharing with the world. so thank you anyways.

  • 197. Reese  |  February 7th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    I would get the word ‘serendipity’ I love the definition, realizing that in life you need a little bit of luck and the best things to come by you might find by accident.

  • 198. eva  |  February 7th, 2014 at 1:00 pm

    What a great giveaway! I think I would get the word “faith”, to remind myself to have trust in life, even in the difficult moment.

  • 199. Ryann  |  February 7th, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    My word would be ‘compassion’. Besides all my future goals and the person that I want to always be working toward becoming, I always want the central idea of my life to be compassion. Compassion for others, compassion towards animals, and compassion towards the environment.

  • 200. Whitney  |  February 7th, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I think I would go with “enough” for two reasons, 1. being when I work myself into a frenzy about something it is a reminder to slow down. 2. It helps me to remember that I am enough. :)

  • 201. carrieolshan  |  February 7th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

    Levi & Ennio. My amazing, hilarious, beautiful curly headed boys.

  • 202. joy  |  February 7th, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    i would get the word grace. a remembrance to be kind to myself and to others. to remember all the grace i’ve been given in life and that it’s okay to mess up, pick yourself up and keep on going :)

  • 203. Marilyn  |  February 7th, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I’d say the most significant changes and growth in my life as I’ve transitioned from a young lady into early adulthood have been a result of my choosing to pursue the art of authenticity over the art of appearance. I would even go as far as saying that whenever I find myself at a point in life where I’m unhappy, ashamed, or “stuck in a rut”, it boils down to realizing I have been pursuing an image, and not a genuine state of being.

    Somewhere along the line when I was about 16 I came across the latin phrase “esse quam videri” which means “to be rather than to seem (to be)”. This phrase has stuck with me through love, loss, horrible break-ups, celebration, tragedy, and broken dreams. When I slow down, take a deep breath, and remind myself that the most important think is to simply be present, in the moment, rather than getting caught up in creating a perfect image of myself, it offers me so much peace. This one phrase has grown to have emotional, personal, spiritual, and relational significance to my life.

    In the spirit of the phrase, I intend to get the tattoo in a concealed location as a private reminder and comfort to myself “to be, rather than to seem.” I would LOVE to win this giveaway and finally get the tattoo I’ve been dreaming of for 7 years!

    <3Marilyn

  • 204. Andie  |  February 7th, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I guess mine technically wouldn’t count since it’s a phrase and not a word/name but hopefully an exception can be made :) I would get “in our love”. My fiance and I have decided our wedding gifts to each other would be tattoos. Mine will say “in our love” and his will say “be lifted high”. We both already have tattoos, and we love the idea of getting a tattoo that isn’t complete without the other. I love the look of calligraphy, especially copperplate, and want my phrase to be written in calligraphy. I’ve been trying to write mine out for quite some time now, and can never get it exactly how I would like for it to look. After looking at Neither Snow’s website, I think that Mara would be able to get it perfect!

  • 205. Jenna Kutcher  |  February 7th, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    My husband and I have always joked about getting tattoos together but his body still holds zero ink and mine has tattoos from when I was eighteen and wild!

    Ever since I wanted to do well thought out designs that hold true meaning and make me look extra bad ass (because we all know great penmanship equals bad ass and beautiful.) Last week my husbands best friend was tragically killed in a car accident and our worlds were changed. He was the best mN in our wedding and a light in our loves. I would want to get something to challenge us to love and live fully and would love for my hubby to get his first ink.

  • 206. Ellex  |  February 7th, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    I’m breaking the rules as well. “Bird by Bird.” A book that changed my life-and a saying that is constant in my everyday life. Take whatever is in front of you, deal with it, and keep going.

  • 207. saralynn  |  February 7th, 2014 at 9:57 pm

    I would “sing once more”-the final phrase in the song “the sound of music”.my grandma was the only person I ever sang sang to because she was so encouraging and made me feel like i had a good voice, despite me thinking otherwise. she loved the musical and requested it often. she passed away almost three months ago, and at her funeral i wanted to sing for her once more her favorite song but unfortunately it was such a rushed program that they didn;t gett to squeeze me in. i’d love to commemorate her and the musical that we both loved together, with such warm memories behind the simple phrase.

  • 208. Carly  |  February 8th, 2014 at 4:10 am

    The very reason I haven’t gotten my word tattoo yet is because I cannot decide. Fortunately I have plenty of placement options so I think multiples will be in order. I have three babies, and their names of course will be inked on my body someday, but now the word I want the most is ‘eunoia’ which means beautiful thinking or well mind. My eldest, now 5, was diagnosed with Autism 3 years ago, and his little sister only weeks later at just 18 months. Our third baby at 2 is also non-verbal but without any diagnosis. It’s been the toughest three years of mine and my husbands life – and we had to fight so many negative and debilitating thoughts and fears along the way. Recently we made the choice to give up work and focus all our attention on their therapy and turning our lives around. We have consciously chosen to focus on the positives, the gifts and to love our life with everything we have. There are so many beautiful sayings about changing your thoughts, and you change your life, comparison being the theft of joy and such – but I think that one word; eunoia sums everything up beautifully for me and I want a reminder on my arm so that every time there is a rough day, I am reminded to see the beauty.
    Thank you so much for this opportunity to enter x

  • 209. michelle  |  February 8th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Oh her calligraphy is mind-blowing beautiful. I would choose the words “balance” because it’s something I am constantly seeking to achieve. The second would simply be love because it’s my favorite word. thank you!

  • 210. Kara  |  February 8th, 2014 at 10:01 am

    I would get the word hope. I was diagnosed with ovarian and uterine cancer in November. Every day has been a series of ups and downs . This tattoo would remind me to have hope that I will recover and also remind me to live life to the fullest.

  • 211. Kim  |  February 8th, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    My husband and I would definitely get each other’s names!

  • 212. Julie  |  February 8th, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    I would get “LALCTAD” tattooed. When my husband (then boyfriend) left for Army basic training he came up with a saying that we would calm us in tough times. It stands for “Love and Loyalty Conquers Time and Distance.” Now I know that’s a ridiculously long saying, but it rings true for us. We saw each other 65 days in our first 19 months of marriage, and spent a total of 26 months in a long distance relationship. This tattoo would remind me of all that we had to overcome to live with each other.

  • 213. nicole  |  February 8th, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I would get “only in dreams” tattooed to remind me of the importance of dreaming

  • 214. cait  |  February 8th, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    I’d love to have “forward” tattooed on me as a reminder to always, always keep moving forward.

  • 215. Tish  |  February 8th, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    I love reading all of these beautiful submissions. Tattoos come to me at the weirdest, most random times. I feel like I’ll somehow incorporate future children into any new ones I may get.

  • 216. Pamela  |  February 8th, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I’ve thought about getting a tattoo for awhile now but also thought I would never be able to decide what to get. Just the other day, an idea popped into my head that I haven’t been able to shake: “Jezebel”. Iron & Wine has been a favorite artist of mine for many, many years and Jezebel is my favorite of his songs. Either that or the phrase from the same song “Wait like the dawn how it aches to meet the day”. I finally went to see him live in November, and it was truly a life-changing experience. I think either would look beautiful in Mara’s calligraphy!

  • 217. Susan Magnolia  |  February 8th, 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Been wanting a calligraphic tattoo for a long while now and am a huge fan of Neither Snow. I think that the work that Mara does is stunning and love the stories behind the message.

    I am a big fan of Genki Sudo and his lyrics and think a lot of what he sings is wonderful for tattoos. “We are love and everything” is a good candidate.

    Lately though I have had thoughts about how “we are all made of stars.” I am a part of this universe and it is in me. Thank you Neil Legrasse Tyson for the insight.

  • 218. sara  |  February 9th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I wouldn’t get a name or a word. There is a phrase my dad and I always live by and although its nothing profound, it’s helped me through a lot. I’d get “find the silver lining”. It’s not only a tribute to the way we live our lives but to my father who, by raising me on his own, made me the person I have become.

    ❤Sara

  • 219. lauren  |  February 9th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    ‘lion hearted girl’

    love seeing a calligrapher spotlight tattoos! really amazing work!

  • 220. Amanda  |  February 9th, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I would get “te amo” written on my ribs below my arm. God has given and shown me so much love in life. More than I could ever deserve. Through the gift of my husband who loves me and provides for our family – allows me to stay at home with our family. The gift of love in my two boys. A love I am overwhelmed with everyday. And how to love myself. Through self hate, and eating disorders, and anxiety. Love from God, my husband, and my boys has pulled me through all of that. All I have to give in return is love.

  • 221. Sheri  |  February 9th, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I would love to have a Gold Soul tattoo done. I have a massive affinity for everything gold, that and Goldie is my middle name. The connection to soul just affirms that beauty of gold with my spiritual and soulful side. It’s creates a cool context that takes on significance in different forms that I relate closely too. This calligraphy is stunning. I’d be honoured to win! <3

  • 222. Krishann  |  February 9th, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    Recently an IG friend (mulberrypressco) posted the quote “Love rewards the brave” It has since been on repeat in my head. At 20 years old I gave birth to my oldest daughter. I was so scared when I learned I was pregnant but couldn’t imagine life without her. This year she will turn 10. My reward for having the courage and desire to give it all I had and raise the gift I had been given is a beautiful child who has given me the courage to stand up for myself and to reach for my dreams. And she has cheered for me all the while. I’ll never forget when I graduated college her excitedly declaring “we graduated!” I’ve accomplished so much with her by my side. My victories so much sweeter. She has been my catalyst and my saving grace. The trajectory of my life changed (for the better) with her arrival. Again I was handsomely rewarded when I met my now husband. My marriage to him is my second — proof that second chances are real. While some saw baggage, drama and a sad story when they looked at me and my past, he saw a jewel — two jewels (I came with a bonus!) and strength. After several years of dating (and a few breakups and makeups) we got married (he included both me and our daughter in the vows he wrote) and after he formally adopted my daughter who was his long before the paperwork started. In 2012 we welcomed the newest addition to our family. Another sweet angel who I believe brought me wings (and to think I was terrified that I was “starting all over.”) Because of her and my husband’s support I took a leap of faith and left a stable job to work from home and invest in my family. After 17 beautiful life-changing months at home — days filled with my babies and having a taste of my dream, I’m returning to work outside of the home (tomorrow). It’s bitter sweet and so tough. I’ve cried and cried but I know it’s best for my family. For me this is another act of bravery rooted in love. I turn 30 next month and have wanted to get a tattoo for years. More importantly I think it would be a beautiful reminder of the gifts that have come out of my ability to be brave — gifts like my family and a chance to help others my sharing a part of my story. Thank you for reading this:)

  • 223. Marika  |  February 9th, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Tattooing is such a unique and personal form of expression. I have been incredibly blessed to have visited many parts of the world and worked with countless talented individuals. About a year ago I co-organized an event to empower young girls to be ‘be yourself’ and most importantly, to ‘love yourself’. Being a teenager may seem like the greatest thing ever, but we all know it can get tricky sometimes. We titled the event “Treasure Yourself”, so the girls could constantly remember throughout not only the event, but also everyday to remember that they are beautiful, like diamonds and pearls. I would love to get the phrase “valorate a ti mismo” a translation of ‘treasure yourself’ in Spanish as a tribute to this cause I am so deeply passionate about and my incredible experience in Costa Rica volunteering. I am extremely excited to carry these powerful words with me everywhere, everyday!

  • 224. becka robinson  |  February 10th, 2014 at 6:36 am

    I would want “come what may”. I’ve been wanting a handwritten tattoo for a while this would be so perfect! xo

  • 225. Nash  |  February 10th, 2014 at 7:07 am

    “Shine on”. This is the tattoo that my husband has always wanted to have.
    He grew up listening to Pink Floyd and it has become an anthem for his whole family. He is always asked to play this song during special moments for the family, specially during last goodbyes. It’s crazy but you can feel that all those close to him that he lost close – his mother, his aunt, uncles and grandma – come back for a warm hug whenever we hear the chorus “Shine on, you crazy diamond!”. It would be a privilege to give him this tattoo.

  • 226. Cambria  |  February 10th, 2014 at 9:18 am

    “Cherish” – this moment in life, the experiences you’ve had and will have, the kindred souls you’ve met, the places you’ve travelled…as there will never be another moment like it. Or I could also go for “My cup runneth over” – an expression of sheer joy. My grandma always use to say that to me. I’ve been wanting an opportunity like this, thank you so much.

  • 227. ali  |  February 10th, 2014 at 10:09 am

    I’d get “dulcius ex asperis,” my husband’s family motto. It means “sweeter after difficulty”.

  • 228. shirley  |  February 10th, 2014 at 10:35 am

    “onward” I recently had a poem written for my boyfriend and I, and I love the last sentence – “Time tells us how sturdy the heart can be, and onward we head without fear for the feeling is so full.” I’ve always loved the word “onward” but I would love to get a tattoo with the poem in mind.

  • 229. Meredith  |  February 10th, 2014 at 11:08 am

    I would get “Everything will be OK” because sometimes, you just need that reminder. Because it will be ok, even when it feels like it won’t.

  • 230. Dulce  |  February 10th, 2014 at 11:51 am

    i would get “always” because it’s my favorite phrase of severus snape :)

  • 231. lucia  |  February 10th, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    “you da one” no more words

  • 232. Anne Cuddy  |  February 10th, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I would get “be brave”. It’s so important to keep challenging yourself and making choices that open you up to new possibilities. Every happy thing in my life has come from a moment of stepping up. It would be nice to have the reminder.

  • 233. Stacy Lizzo  |  February 10th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    My whole life, the thought of death has consumed me. Surrounded by loved ones deaths early in my life, leaves me thinking each day about how truly short our lives are in the grander scheme of things. Because of this, I live every moment like it is it’s last.

    “This too shall pass” would be my reminder that every moment, whether it be positive or negative, will pass. And just like those moments, that my physical body will cease to exist one day along with the tattoo.

  • 234. Alice  |  February 10th, 2014 at 11:26 pm

    I’ve wanted a tattoo for at least 5 years now and have yet to get one (mostly because my mom is averse to them). They say that before you get a tattoo, you should think about the design you want for at least a year, maybe more, before you set your mind to it. It is permanent, after all.
    My love and I have wanted matching tattoos for awhile. We’ve been on and off since freshman year of high school. Now, we’re at separate colleges, which has been rough. But we write each other long poems and haikus as often as we can.
    Since we became obsessed with the music artist Oh Land, we started calling each other “Wolf” and “Moon.” I haven’t given it a year, but I wouldn’t give it another thought. The first tattoo I would get is ‘Wolf’ tattooed on my forearm as a symbol of what he means to me and as a source of comfort to know he is always there, even if we’re in different places in space or in our lives.

  • 235. Larissa  |  February 11th, 2014 at 1:18 am

    i love your calligraphy. it looks so special and is such an eye-catcher!!
    my personal wanna-have-tattoo is “dad, i love you” or just “daddy”. It have two meanings…the first: cause i lost my biological father since i was 15 years old, i was 10 when he diagnosed with cancer. He was my best friend!
    and the second meaning: cause God is my heavenly father, therefore “dad or daddy” :)

    love, Larissa

  • 236. Brooke  |  February 11th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    So beautiful!! I’ve always wanted our kiddos names on my body. Mylo & Brynn. As a mom you go through this amazing process of carrying a child. They are part of your body for 9mths why not have a daily reminder of that.

  • 237. Maggie S B  |  February 11th, 2014 at 11:42 am

    I have always loved Mara’s work and hope to get many of her pieces on my body! I think the one I would get first is the prayer “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner” because we all need to give and be given a little more mercy in life. Mercy and love triumph over a whole hell of a lot of things and I need to be reminded of that. Thanks for this giveaway!!!

  • 238. Chrystal P.  |  February 11th, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I’ve been dealing with anxiety for a while now and it’s always the bad thoughts and over thinking that consumes me. I’ve been thinking about getting “proverbs 4:23″ somewhere on my forearm or wrist and have been searching for a unique type of writing/calligraphy to and yours is exactly what I’m looking for! Basically, this tattoo would be a constant reminder of how to overcome my anxieties and help me through tough times. (: “Be careful about what you think, your thoughts run your life.” — Proverbs 4:23

  • 239. Lisa  |  February 11th, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I’d have the word “breathe” tattooed likely on the side of my rib cage — not just as a daily reminder to take it easy but because last month I returned home to India after 8 years and unfortunately had to watch my grandfather pass away. He was heaving his last breaths and this profound and inexplicable emotion of loss is now tied to the word ”breathe.”

  • 240. Alaine  |  February 11th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    My sister is currently living in Spain for a year. She’s my best friend and I miss her dearly! One of our favorite bands is The Head and The Heart. Their song Rivers and Roads is amazing and it has been kind of our song for a while now. I have been trying to design a tattoo for us with the lyrics “rivers and roads til’ I reach you” but the calligraphy is beautiful and I think it would be perfect for what we want!

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway!

  • 241. Esther  |  February 11th, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    I’ve been wanting the word “grace” tattooed in the arch of my foot for a few years ago. There have been so many challenges personally and professionally (husband’s illness, starting my own business, learning to let go of my 2 teenage children as they enter adulthood… so many lessons to learn!
    but every day I try to remind myself to just try to walk with grace. It would be amazing to have it tattooed on my foot as a constant reminder to stop holding myself to a standard of perfection but rather one of grace.

  • 242. Dani  |  February 11th, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    I’m not getting any younger and I’m at a point in my life where I want to find love. So, my idea was to get a small heart shape lock tatted on the side of my ring finger with either Open My Heart or Who Holds the Key. Hey maybe when I find the one he can get a key on his ring finger. Such a fairy tale it seems to be though.

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