Today I decided I wanted to open up a discussion about tattoos and how popular they have become over the last several years. I've heard some people say that they are a fad, people get something at the spur of the moment and then regret it later on. Then I've heard other people say that they are a form of self expression, ok, so let's express ourselves, but with permanent ink? You may want to say something one day and then the next change your mind, with tattoos it's not so easy to reverse the work. Then I've heard others say that it is artwork and that each piece should be individual.
This is the inside of my left forearm and what you see here is my "galaxy" with all of my children's stars in it, including the 3 children that I lost. Each star is my child's birthstone color and the size goes by oldest child to youngest. Then at my wrist it says "Jon" for my husband.
This is the inside of my right forearm and the large breast cancer ribbon is in memory of my mom who lost her battle with breast, bone and brain cancer in 97. The butterfly represents one of my babies (a girl named Faith) who I lost in 99. The heart represents all of my loved ones who have passed away. Then on my wrist it has my name, "Mimi".
This is my full right arm, from top there is a crying rose with 3 teardrops coming off it with Jon's name above it. Then I have a butterfly on a thorny vine with rose buds which represents my overcoming childhood abuse ("Through the love and the pain, I can still spread my wings"), below that is one dove with his wing around his mate that represents someone that I love who passed away 22 years ago, then there is another dove that matches the one on my other arm, and then the word "Fe" which means "Faith" in Spanish. Love and Faith are very important to me.
This is the back of my neck, I have my 3 children's names who all have passed away and "Mi Amor" under it, meaning they are still my loves even though they are no longer with me.
I didn't include the tattoos on my calves or my breast because I think this gives you an idea of my thought on tattoos. I started getting tattoos 10 years ago and now have 24. I have plans right now for 2 more, but I am running out of room to place them, so I'm taking my time with the decision process.
So, yes, I have run into people who ask me if I'm sick of my tattoos yet, which of course I am not. I've also been judged by people because I have tattoos. One woman told me that she didn't want to talk to me because I have tattoos! Can you believe it? Judged before I could say one word! Well, I know society has it's own idea on tattoos and I'm not here to change anyone's mind - I just wanted to bring up the idea that tattoos to me are a form of self expression and artwork, most of my pieces are individual, as I designed them myself. (except the cherub and the breast cancer ribbon)
What do you think about tattoos? Fad? Self Expression? or Artwork?
Until next time....