Nashville / by Ally Willix

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Last month Bobby and I traveled to Nashville, Tennessee. If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw a few snippets from our trip, and today I'm sharing with you some of our favorite places we explored and the reason for our trip! 

When Bobby and I first began dating I learned that he loved tattoos and really wanted to get one (or several!) one day. And then he learned that I was not a huge fan. I was never completely against all tattoos, but I couldn't imagine him changing himself like that when I thought he was perfect exactly the way he was! He told me he that he would only get one if I was 100% okay with it and if he never got a tattoo it would be okay. He's a wonderful husband. But this year I changed my mind. He loved tattoos so much and was always showing me artists and styles that he loved. He taught me to appreciate tattoos for the art form that they are. And I couldn't be the thing that stood in his way of something that made him so happy. The thing that makes me happiest is to see him happy! So I announced I was finally okay with him getting a tattoo. Neither of us thought he would get one as soon as he did, but one of his favorite artists was coming to Nashville and we couldn't pass up the opportunity! So we embraced the timing and planned our last-minute trip to Nashville! 

Our trip was a whirlwind - we left Raleigh at 4 in the morning and after stopping in Asheville for breakfast with friends, we made it to Nashville early that afternoon. We explored downtown, walked the pedestrian bridge, and ate at lots of fun places. At noon the next day Bobby got his tattoo! I had to work the day after that so as soon as he finished getting his tattoo at around 6 that night we drove 8 hours back to Raleigh. To answer your question, yes, we are crazy. And I love it. :)

We packed in a lot of yummy food into those 48 hours! Here's the list of places we went:

  • Mas Tacos Por Favor - an awesome taco joint. They were a food truck and got so big they made a restaurant! Their tortilla soup was amazing!
  • Jeni's - the most delicious ice cream ever 
  • Burger Up - locally sourced delicious beef and a very cool vibe. Great date night place! 
  • Frothy Monkey - a coffee favorite in Nashville 
  • Pinewood Social - my favorite place we went to! It's a coffee shop, restaurant, bar, and bowling alley all rolled into one! The perfect hang out. Make sure you get reservations if you're going! 

And now for the highlight of the trip... Bobby getting his tattoo! He told me as the process was beginning that the only time he was happier was our wedding day! So this was a big moment!! Haha :) And if you're like me and know nothing about tattoos or the process of how it works I posted pictures from every stage of the process. 

I'm sure everyone wants to know the why behind what he got. So I had Bobby write the meaning of his tattoo for you guys:

Well first of all, I just really like lions! I've wanted something on my knee for a while now and I knew an animal head would fit well in that space. I don't necessarily believe a tattoo has to have a beautiful allegory behind it; it's art and the wearer needs to be happy with the aesthetics of the piece. I think it's beautiful and I'll always remember getting it at the beginning of our marriage! With that being said, it does have some thought behind it and it's inspired from two separate ideas that are very much intertwined.

One is from the Bible:

Revelation 5:5 “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

The triumph of Christ! He has prepared the way for us and He has conquered death in a way none of us could have.

The other by my favorite author:

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

The second quote is from The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in reference to Aslan. I love the picture that C.S. Lewis paints of Aslan. I know it wasn't meant to be a direct allegory to Christ but in this instance it describes Jesus so well and how he wrecks our selfish lives and changes them for Him.

I'm proud to wear this piece by an amazing artist who is also on fire for the Lord! Also stoked that my wife gave me the O.K. to go ahead with it!

I want to give a huge shoutout to Dan Pemble, Bobby's tattoo artist, who is an incredible person and artist and gave Bobby a work of art that he'll treasure for the rest of his life! Sacred Heart is the name of his tattoo parlor in Michigan. Check out this video to learn more about Dan and take a peek at his Instagram to see more of his amazing work - @danpemble. 

Our adventure to Nashville wasn't our first road trip together, but it was our first as a married couple. Bobby and I both love that his tattoo has such a wonderful memory associated with it. Traveling together is one of my favorite things to do with Bobby. There's no one else I would rather adventure with, be spontaneous with, and explore with. I still can't believe I get to spend the rest of my life seeing the world with him. 

To see more of our day to day adventures, keep up with us on Instagram! @allywillix and @bobby_iv