If you think tattoos can't start a movement, you're underestimating the power of permanent ink. When Melbourne-based artist Frances Cannon first posted a photo of herself with the words "Self Love Club" tattooed to her arm, the club only had one member. Since then, many other people have joined by getting the same words tattooed on their bodies in an effort to remind themselves about their journey toward self-love.
Cannon was already a popular Instagram artist at the time of her tattoo post. She currently has more than 60,000 followers on the platform and posts of her work are frequently praised. Soon after getting her tattoo, Cannon invited other people to get the tattoo. "If you want to get this tattooed, go for it, as long as you do it safely and healthily and legally," she wrote in a new post.
All of a sudden, those three words popped up on bodies of people all over the world. They tagged her in posts of their brand-new ink with proud captions.
The tattoos have been incredibly meaningful for the people who have had them permanently inked. One Instagram user posted an image of herself and a friend after getting the words tattooed on their bodies. "We are both proud to be members of the Self Love Club 👭 I especially need to work on loving myself and my body as it is and getting this tattoo is one step further in my recovery journey," she wrote.
Another Self Love Club member posted a photo of her tattoo and wrote, "This tattoo means more to me than I could ever put into words. Thank you @frances_cannon for starting this club and creating amazing feminist art."
Cannon encourages anyone interested in joining the Self Love Club and getting a tattoo with her words or design to do so, but, like any good club, she does have some rules. "You must always show yourself respect, love, forgiveness and understanding," she wrote on Instagram. "You must show each other respect, love, forgiveness and understanding. You must be kind to your body, and you must take care of your mental health."