hi (and happy early birthday)!
well this might be tricky.
first of all, it doesn’t hurt to wait. if you’re unsure (esp. since your parents won’t know) you can always let the idea sit for a while and think on it a bit.
if you explain to your parents how much this would mean to you and that it isn’t some sort of passing interest, they might be surprisingly okay with it. (i have a friend whose parents say that if she can keep a tattoo idea for a year, they’re cool with her getting it)
anyway, it’s a “very very small” tat that seems to hold personal meaning for you. if you’ve tried and you’re parents are against it, but you’re sure you want it anyway, go for it and get it as a gift for yourself - you will be 18, after all.
best of luck!
thank you so so so much! that really means a lot to me.
i love arrow tats — good luck with it (and we’d all love to see a submission if/when you get it). love from taiwan!
i reblogged a post a long time ago that said something like ‘contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need an effing life story to get a tattoo’
that said, it just helps for a tat to be personally relevant, so in the future if your design aesthetics change (i.e. you don’t like the style of your tat anymore) you can always refer back to its meaning and remember why you got it in the first place.
sometimes if you just REALLY FREAKING LIKE A DESIGN, that’s perfectly okay too. there’s no need to try force fit a meaning behind it.
i really hope that helps; good luck!