Much like a branding, “Please Return to Tiffany & Co New York” is stamped on the back of my leg for life. Why did I do it? Am I an Audrey Hepburn fan girl, or do I just love those tiny little blue boxes with dazzling diamonds inside? Let’s start at the beginning.
I’d like to make a short disclaimer: The meaning of a person’s tattoo (or lack thereof), is simply none of your beeswax. Especially if there is no meaning at all – you like pineapples and you got one inked permanently on your toe? Go you! No need to shame someone for what they put on their own body.
Out of the array of inked goodies featured on my skin, the most precious one is dedicated to my favourite book, Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the hilarious, heartfelt story of an unnamed narrator who is in awe of his new apartment building neighbour, the delightful Holly Golightly (made an iconic character in history by Audrey Hepburn). Miss Golightly may or may not be an 18-year-old high-end call girl – this fact was never confirmed by author Truman Capote, as he believed each reader could decide for themselves the occupation of our precious Holly (I believe she was just a confident, stylish young lady with a troubled history). The story follows this unnamed man and Holly on the journey of their friendship, shining a light on her dark, traumatic past and him, a lost, struggling writer trying to find success in his words.
Draped in diamonds, a little black Givenchy dress, coffee and pastries in hand – Audrey Hepburn brought Miss Golightly to life, and in 1958, a fashion icon was born.
“The only thing that does any good is to jump in a cab and go to Tiffany’s. Calms me down right away. The quietness and the proud look of it. Nothing very bad could happen to you there.”
Capote’s novella-turned-film raised Tiffany & Co to be the most famous jewellery store in the world. Every girl’s fantasy is to unwrap the ribbon of a blue box and find something sparkling and magical inside.
The “Please Return to Tiffany & Co New York” stamped on my leg pays homage to the famous quote from Holly Golightly. Tiffany’s is my mental safe space, the place I take myself to when things are less than great, or especially if my anxiety pays a visit – I picture myself at Tiffany’s with my bakery food and coffee, because Miss Golightly is right. What on earth could possibly happen to you there? Exploring the streets of New York City is a dream of mine, so it seemed quite fitting to always have my two favourite things with me, no matter where I go.
18-year-old me found this particular design on Pinterest, the place where all good tattoos are found, and was booked in to get it done that afternoon. The same method applies for every single one of my tattoos, with the exception of one special design (maybe more on that another time).
Onlookers may see a jewellery brand’s logo on my calf for no reason, and that’s okay – as I said, it’s not like I tattooed it on their leg. The point is that it’s special to me, I love it, and the only regret I have is getting it somewhere I can’t see every day. It’s three years old now, which means I’ve had time to sit with it and grow tired of looking at it, but it reminds me to keep my mind calm and relaxed, like Holly Golightly outside Tiffany’s.
I know tattoos aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but hey, I don’t like tea that much anyway. Thanks for getting all the way through this article, there’s some very exciting ones coming soon that I think you will just love.
P.S. I do recommend you read the original novella by Truman Capote, it is a beautiful story and one of my all-time favourites. I’m also very excited to be bringing “The Time” series back to Sincerely, E. Here are some previous articles in the series to keep you occupied in the meantime:
Until next time,