A Confession: Shaking a Few Coconuts Off My Palm Tree

By  | 

If we’re going to be friends, then there’s something you probably should know about me.

I have a high butt crack.

Hello, my name is Anna, and my butt crack starts at my bra.

When I was growing up and worried about having my crack hanging out of my pants, my mom attempted to make me feel better. “It’s hereditary, Anna. Your grandfather has a high butt crack too. It just runs in the family.”

That didn’t help much… but I gave her credit for trying. Then I found out that my grandfather was actually my mom’s step dad and therefore was not a blood relative of mine. Which made it impossible for my butt crack to be inherited from him. Just another one of my mother’s lies.

During my senior year in college, just a few months before I married Even Steven, I went to Hawaii to visit my brother and sister-in-law for spring break. And I had an epiphany.

If everyone is going to be seeing my butt crack for the rest of my life – why not make it really, really pretty?

So I got a tattoo.

My plan was this:

A very small palm tree growing out of the folds of my crack. It would be cute and adorable and a conversation starter. It would remind me of my time in Hawaii.

And – even better – the tattoo artist assured me that by the time I hit the age of 40, my palm tree would be sagging and would totally disappear within the folds of my crack. PERFECT!

I bravely went to the tattoo parlor with my sister-in-law Holli and our friend Amy. I was brave and bold.

Then the tattoo artist started by shaving my back.

It hurt.

He said I had the hairiest lower back he’d ever seen. I told him I was Greek.

I have a tattoo

Then he actually started tattooing. I was in shock. I’d never felt pain like that before. Ever.


He had to pause while I threw up.

I Threw Up and Passed Out

He had to take another break while I passed out.

That hurts

He had to hear my shock when the tattoo ended up being much larger than I thought it was going to be.

I Survived

Luckily, I survived. But barely.

Ten years later, this is what I have to say about my tattoo experience:

  • It hasn’t sagged a single bit.
  • It actually draws even more attention to my high butt crack. As my friend Brooke once said, “Whenever I saw your butt crack before, I would just look away. But now I stare at your palm tree all the time.”
  • It’s a great place to have a tattoo – as I never see it – and I usually forget I even have it. (Until someone reminds me.)
  • It’s still fun to say things like, “I’m going to go shake a few coconuts off my palm tree” as I’m heading into the bathroom.

Palm Tree Tattoo



  1. Rebecca

    January 23, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Hilarious! I didn’t even know someone could have a high butt crack? I have saggy knees. Maybe I too am not alone? ; ) Love, Me

  2. Samantha

    January 23, 2012 at 7:37 am

    I’ve never even imagined discussing something like my butt crack with my mum…good job we all have your mum for experiences like these, thanks Anna’s mum! x

    p.s. are you just trying to post funnier and funnier posts to see which one of us admits to wetting ourselves reading first?!

    p.p.s. I’m not admitting anything…..:)

  3. Danielle Higginbottom-Brown

    January 23, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Lmao!!! Omg, Samantha, have you not realized that when my dear friend Anna (FYI we are internet besties!) posts a new story, that you need to put on a panty liner before you read it???? Geez! Lol! Seriously, I do agree with you Samantha! I think her hidden agenda is to make us pee our pants! I mean, really, when I’m sitting here reading her posts, and I giggle and snort, and even cross my legs, my hubby now says “are you reading your new besties blog?”

  4. Patricia

    January 23, 2012 at 8:41 am

    hahahaha – You can’t make this stuff up. I told my daughter not to get a tattoo – same place as yours. I hear there’s another name for it, too. It rhymes with Go Lamp. And, Samantha made me laugh, too. You might want to interview her.

  5. Beth @ QueenBee

    January 23, 2012 at 9:03 am

    Anna!!!!!!!!!!!!! How did I not notice this about you? All of the times you were out trimming your hydrangea bush in your bikini when we lived across the street from you?!!??!!

  6. Samantha

    January 23, 2012 at 9:04 am

    Good job I’m here in the UK, I’m not sure I could handle such jiggery pokery in real life!!

  7. Mom

    January 23, 2012 at 9:58 am

    Beth – you didn’t see it because it was ME in my bikini trimming Anna’s shrubs while visiting……Anna’s Mom

  8. Alyson L

    January 23, 2012 at 10:04 am

    “I’m going to go shake a few coconuts off my palm tree”

    El. Oh. El! Much better than “I’m going to drop some kids off at the pool.”

  9. Jess

    January 23, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    It never fails – I always read your posts while I’m at work and then I have to sit here & try to stifle my giggles because nothing about working is supposed to be funny enough to snort.

    I’m not sure what’s worse though…a high buttcrack or one of those strange double butt cracks where you think it ends but then a new crack starts. (Hey, it’s real…my kid has one).

    Either way, thanks for the laughs.

  10. Danee

    January 23, 2012 at 2:18 pm

    I have had medicated and unmedicated births and they aren’t comparable. With #1, I was in the OR with legs flayed so far open my I just hooked my knees over my ears so they could put the stirrups away. I had an epidural, oxygen, IV, antibiotics, forceps, shakes, and vomiting. With #2 I had NOTHING and I yelled “just get it out of me” as I pushed without all my might. I didn’t allow the baby the chance to restitute- the time when the shoulders and the head get in line again. THis is when one checks for cord wrapped around neck etc, oh no, I just pushed and pushed and pushed. Get. It. Out….. Keep in mind that I am a nurse midwife.

    I am thrilled to see someone admit how much a tattoo hurts. I see the INK shows and everyone acts all happy. How can needles and ink not hurt?

    As for your high butt crack? Hmmm, never heard of such an affliction but your friend commenting on staring at the coconut tree almost had me spitting my water out. I don’t see how it could do anything but bring attention to it. Now, if you had a the Grand Canyon or a deep river gulch tattooed that might have hid it.

  11. Kirsten

    January 23, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Oh my dear Lord this is hysterical! I’m seriously laughing out loud right now… *wipes tears from eyes* Ok, moving on. I, too, have been tattooed…3 times actually. The first one was at age 19 and I was hooked. And I swear, if I didn’t work in the corporate world, or still fear the wrath of my almost 65-year old mother (she’s small but she’s mighty!) I’d probably be covered 🙂

    Thanks for sharing – this is awesome!

  12. Aubrey

    January 23, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    I also have a small tatoo on my lower back of a yellow rose. I forget that I have it because I never see it. That all changed once my children could walk. Now that I never have the ability to use the bathroom in private, my tatoo is the topic of conversation every time that I use the restroom!

  13. Bethany

    January 23, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    I think this is hilarious! Thanks for giving me a laugh tonight. 🙂

  14. Ashley

    January 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Im new to ur blog and love it! I thought I wAs the only one in the world with a high butt crack my hubby always makes fun of it and now my poor daughter inherited it. Loved the tattoo idea I think I may have to do that

  15. Abby

    January 23, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Ha, we got some used toys from a neighbor and the Mrs. potato head had a similar tattoo drawn on it. Yup, my kids are the only ones on the block whose Mrs. Potato head has a “tramp stamp”. I just tell the kids is a reminder from her wild college days:)
    Also, I have a very low butt crack. Seriously, I was once bending over and my butt was hanging out of my jeans….and my sister screams :omg, where is your butt crack, your pants are so low, we should totally be seeing your crack.

  16. Design Fluff

    January 23, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    This is classic! ” As my friend Brooke once said, “Whenever I saw your butt crack before, I would just look away. But now I stare at your palm tree all the time.”
    Ha hahahaha!
    I find myself wanting to read through all of your post in one sitting. I’ve instead decided to limit myself to one or 2 a day so I have something to look forward to reading every day:)

  17. Design Fluff

    January 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    Don’t worry about the lower back hair thing. My sister and nieces aren’t Greek and they are the hairiest people I’ve ever seen on their lower backs! I suspect they are part werewolf.

  18. Design Fluff

    January 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I think your post on butt cracks is healthy. It’s brought about awareness in my family. I’m now checking everyone’s butt cracks. Just as I suspected, I have a high butt crack. I always wondered why when I tell my husband to rub my lower back he says he’s actually rubbing my butt!

  19. Lori

    January 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

    I am pretty much totally cracking up right now!!! We are always giving my daughters grief for their high butt cracks hanging out ~ Tooooo funny!!!

  20. sparkling74

    January 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm

    That last line was the best part of the entire post! Hysterical. My first thought was “wow that must really draw attention to her butt”. I’ve never considered that maybe some people’s butt cracks are higher. Interesting.

  21. Vinobaby (aka Kerry Ann)

    January 25, 2012 at 8:25 am

    Ouch! At least the palm tree is unusual–not a heart or ex-boyfriend’s name. Sounds like a wonderful experience–years later!

  22. Crystal & Co.

    January 25, 2012 at 9:10 am

    Anna, in real life, I think we would make great friends. You are hilarious!

  23. Yasmin @ alittlelessfluff

    January 25, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    LOL! Oh my goodness that was so funny I nearly had coffee squirting out my nose!
    A high butt crack? I must admit I have never met anyone with one.
    It is still a nice palm tree!

    Am your latest follower! Your blog is fab! 🙂

  24. Nikki

    January 26, 2012 at 1:07 am

    hahahahaha oh man… I always talk about my high buttcrack. I’m glad to see there are others out there. We should start a club.

  25. wanda

    January 27, 2012 at 10:28 am

    Oh my gosh….that is funny!

    Never Gonna Do It! 😉

  26. Pingback: Greek Girls Can’t Jump

  27. Crystal

    February 1, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I reread the post today and CRACKED up again! Congrats, your post was my #1 most clicked post on Mommy Solutions last week. So you are being featured on my page.

    Have a great week and feel free to stop in and CRACK me up again this week!


  28. ali

    February 5, 2012 at 9:06 am

    Omg, I’m laughing. I always joke about my daughter’s high butt crack and how she will never be able to wear a bikini. Even high waisted pants are low rise on her. But(t), I can now save this post to show her if she ever considers a tattoo in the future. Too funny!

  29. Pingback: I have Big Calves

  30. Alyssa

    July 20, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Wow, your writing is so great, so funny, and down to earth! (you are my blogging idol, and I want to be you when I grown up). And reading the comments after has me still giggling 🙂


  31. Jay- The Dude of the House

    August 8, 2012 at 2:55 am

    Twas very kind of him to pause while you threw up. Sounds like a real pro 😉

    Great story, Anna. I never realized back shaving was a requirement for tattooing.

  32. Becky

    August 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    And don’t worry, I almost passed out when I got my belly button pierced and that hurts WAY less than a tattoo.

  33. Mandie

    August 15, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    I got a lower back tat as well. I picked that area since I knew 1) could be hid if i wanted it to or shown off when i wanted, 2) a lot less chance of stretching when PG or sagging when old. it took 90 min because he had to stop several times for me too. I didn’t pass out or throw up but almost. Had to be fed m & ms to keep my blood sugar up and I was going pale. I survived. it was more painful than the days after my c-section to deliver our twins.
    really like the line of shaking coconuts off the tree…
    thanks for sharing

  34. Jenn

    September 4, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is so funny!!
    Loved reading this 🙂 I’ve added you to my bloggie read list!!

  35. Megan @ CoffeeCupsandCrayons

    September 4, 2012 at 9:40 pm


  36. susan

    September 4, 2012 at 9:48 pm

    NOOOO!!!! (mister bill sound)
    Now when I finally get to meet you at some random blogging event, the very first thing I’m going to do is think about your coconuts. Too freaking funny.

  37. beth

    September 4, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    I also have a high butt crack and my husband points it out all the time..

  38. Toby

    September 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Ohmigosh Holli looks so young! Not that she looks old now. But, y’know.

  39. Mod Podge Amy

    September 4, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    You would die if you saw my back tattoo! I actually have six tattoos and my back tattoo is the largest. I thought it was going to be more like a tramp stamp – it ended up being half my back. Three hours of tattoo work, and the most painful of all of them! Love your story. So funny.

  40. Christine

    September 10, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Haha, we are sisters in crack! I have a high butt crack too (probably fits better with my giant butt). I just thought everyone around me had abnormally low butt cracks.

  41. Kathy

    October 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    This is absolutely hysterical! I thought I was the ONLY person in the world with this problem. In college, all my friends talked about my ELB (extremely long buttcrack). My husband and friends constantly have to tell me to pull up my pants to cover my plumber’s crack. I’ve stopped apologizing for it. Somehow, I just feel better knowing I’m not alone. But no tattoos for me – I’m too big of a pansy.

  42. Pingback: My Mom Tells All - My Life and Kids

  43. HBK

    November 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    OMG!!!! i just read this and am also aflicted with the high butt crack! i thought my family were the only ones!! by family i really only mean me, my brother, and my poor, beautiful niece! but i never thought of decorating it since EVERYone is going to see it anyways!
    i just found your blog thanks to pinterest and i love it! thanks for making my looong work days bearable with your stories! keep up the good work!

  44. Pingback: The Smells of the Season #DDatHome - My Life and Kids

  45. Jenna

    December 15, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    My husband is affllicted with this problem as well. His butt crack seems to go 4 inches up his back and is permanenlty showing – I mean, literally, all the time. I tried to help him by buying high-waisted pants, etc. early on and then I realized that his butt was just always going to be visible. Me and the rest of his family and friends joke about how it is his trademark and at this point it’s almost endearing. Thankfully, he would never get a butterfly tattoo there (probably wouldn’t work as well for a guy). 🙂

  46. Jenna

    December 15, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    Like I just posted below, my husband has the same problem and his butt crack is permanently showing. We also have an acronym for him – VHB (very high buttcrack). Good to know we’re not the only ones with buttcrack acronyms! 🙂

  47. Keesha

    January 5, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    That was super funny! And you have validated my decision not to get inked. I can take pain, but I don’t chase it, if you know what I mean.

  48. Anna

    January 11, 2013 at 10:02 am

    so much to comment on here, i’m not sure where to start. so i think i’ll just keep it classy with “cute tattoo!” “sorry it hurt so much!” “i bet your trip to hawaii was so much fun!”

  49. Janet

    February 1, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    “I’m going to go shake a few coconuts off my palm tree” ROFLMAO!!! I love it!!!

  50. Miranda Grimm

    February 1, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    WHAT?!?! Oh My Gosh I am just blown away. YOu are too much. I cannot stop laughing.

  51. Jamie

    February 1, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    oh wow, so funny! I got a tattoo in college on my right butt cheek and the guy kept telling me to relax…..all while his face was literally a foot from my butt and I was terrified that I was going to pass gas. I feel your pain….literally. SO FUNNY

  52. Brytni

    February 1, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I have always said my crack starts at my shoulders. It caused me so much grief in high school when all I could find were “hip-hugger” jeans which left quite a bit of me to see. I still don’t know how to cope, the only thing that i do to help is wear jeans that go to my waist. *sigh* cute little fashions have never been for me. Atleast I’m not alone.

  53. Ellen

    February 7, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    You are seriously hilarious…I can’t stop laughing about the coconuts!!!

  54. That last line had me laughing so hard…

  55. Pingback: TEN Blog Posts My Mom Hates | My Life and Kids

  56. Jules B.

    May 23, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I can’t stop laughing!!!

  57. Tami

    August 7, 2013 at 10:28 am

    STOP IT! I also have a palm tree tattoo back there!! I’ve been having laser removal sessions on it for 2 years!! So funny!!

  58. Pingback: The anatomy of a Man Cold

  59. Lia

    September 6, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Just saw this post for the first time and I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard. I too suffer from an abnormally high butt crack. It doesn’t matter how close to my pits I hike my pants, if I bend over, someone’s getting a peek at my plumber’s butt. It truly is an affliction that no one but the high-cracked can understand.

  60. Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms

    October 11, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Oh my goodness. The place looked classy and hygienic. Was that an office chair you were draped across? Can’t stop laughing – “Going to go shake a few coconuts off of my palm tree.”
    But a question: How does one even realize they have a high butt crack?

  61. Leslie @ The Bearded Iris

    October 11, 2013 at 9:20 am

    You had me at “I have a high butt crack.” You are a coconut-scented breath of fresh air, Anna.

  62. Anna Luther

    October 11, 2013 at 9:31 am

    When you have one, you know. Trust me. It’s always there – peeking out the top of my turtlenecks…

  63. Pingback: Tips and Tricks for Tired Moms

  64. Pingback: Lies My Mother Told Me: Part I - My Life and Kids

You must be logged in to post a comment Login