How One Woman’s Tattoo Inspired an Outpouring of Self Love

One tattoo, one message, endless meanings

Nov 15, 2016
The underlying message is that you should treat yourself with the love you deserve. (Frances Cannon)

The underlying message is that you should treat yourself with the love you deserve. (Frances Cannon)

Last spring, Melbourne artist Frances Cannon tattooed the words “SELF LOVE CLUB” on her arm. She then posted her new body art on Instagram for her 64,000 followers. Not long after, something incredible happened; many people began getting tattoos with the same message and the act sparked a self love trend on the social media platform.

Cannon’s personal statement soon evolved into the artist asking others to join her Self Love Club, even suggesting a set of rules:

1. You must always show yourself respect, love, forgiveness and understanding.
2. You must show each other respect, love, forgiveness and understanding.
3. You must be kind to your body, and you must take care of your mental health.

“Obviously they are just guidelines, not strict rules… self love means something different to each person,” she told Buzzfeed. Essentially, the club asks followers to practice self acceptance and support others on their journey towards self love.

Cannon added that everyone who has taken part in the movement has their own unique reasons for getting the ink. “Everyone who has gotten the tattoo has gotten it for different reasons. Some have been, like me, commemorating their journey of self love, some have gotten it to remind them that they’re worth it, some have had a history of self-harm and got the tattoo to mark a point of change. Everyone’s story is so special.”

For now the “club” has remained more of a concept, but Cannon says she hopes she can organize a get together for Self Love Club at some point. Until then, she wants to leave all of us with this very important message: “Do what makes you happy! Treat yourself with the love you deserve! Don’t let anyone tell you that you aren’t worth it!”

 

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REBECCA WOJNO, CONTRIBUTOR
Rebecca is passionate about reading, cooking, and learning about people doing good in the world. She especially loves writing about wellness, personal growth, and relationships.

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