It has been brought to my attention that I should explain my tattoos. Not explain myself as in justify my tattoo choices, but just to give the backstory to the ink on my body. First a little about me- I’m a true Pisces, a day dreaming, child of the universe who believes in karma and the power of “the secret.” I am artistic, as all pisces are, with grandiose dreams of doing everything I can imagine (also what I call artistic A.D.D.) I am a health food junkie and I connect the nature ( insert scene of “Colors of the Wind” by Disney’s Pocohantas lol) and I am weird. My tattoos are all important and special to me, even though the only one I took a really long time to think about was my first one- and that’s because I wanted to get it when I was 14 and my mom made me wait until I was 16 to get it.
My first tattoo is a Pisces symbol that I drew up in 2001. It’s super basic, and it’s green. I wanted turquoise, a water color but it’s cool. It literally is just a pisces symbol- nothing too deep here.
Once I turned 18, all hell broke lose- I decided to get a huge tattoo across my shoulder blades so I grabbed my mom’s book of American Wild Flowers and chose the ones that stood out to me. After that I brought the pictures to Christian Dimena at LoveCraft tattoo in New Haven, CT and he did his magic. He is truly one of the best artists I’ve ever worked with. I chose to leave them in plain black/blue ink but I added a small hummingbird a month later which is in full color so it would stand out. The hummingbird is awesome because it’s tiny, adorable, fast, sought after and highly elusive. I don’t know, maybe I feel a connection to the bird, but again, these tattoos are simply things I’ll love forever. People ask me all the time why I chose the specific flowers and always expect some long dramatic story but honestly I don’t have one, won’t make up one, and I don’t think I need one.
After my back was done, I got a rosary on my ankle, also done by Christian later that same year. This one hurt SO BAD. I’m not overly religious but to me this keeps me rooted in faith no matter what. That’s as deep as this one’s meaning goes. Again, hurt real bad!
Sadly one of my good childhood friends (who was like family) passed away the summer of 2007, which left us all heartbroken. I, along with my cousins and friends got a commemorative tattoo of a crown in his memory. I didn’t want the usual R.I.P. tattoo so I kept it simple. It’s on my wrist and when people see it the reaction is usually either “Oh, you a queen, huh?” or “Are you a Latin King?” and to both I usually try to give a funny answer. Like ”Yes, yes I am a Latin King…….”
I have another fishy tattoo- an actuall Angel fish done in South Beach. Angel fish are pretty cool- google them.
Recently I decided to start a half sleeve on each of my arms. The left side has been started and will be completely Egyptian themed. I feel very strongly connected to the culture and ideology of Ancient Egyptians so that’s my reasoning for the sleeve. Aside from deeper connections, the motifs and ancient dieties are beautiful and make for a gorgeous and interesting arm piece. I got the Egyptian goddess Bast (above) because she is the protector of the home and women, also she brings the party- singing and dancing and such. She’s a cool lady.
The right arm sleeve has not been started yet but will be my most colorful piece as it is loosely based on cartoons. More on that when I start it…
My most recent tattoo was added to the family last week. It’s a simple phrase- “Pay Attention” As I said in the beginning, I’m a true Pisces and I daydream a lot. That sometimes turns into spacing out and just sort of floating through life with my eyes closed and I am making a conscious effort to stop that. I feel like even though I’ve done and experienced so much in my 24 years, I missed out on a lot that was right in front of me. So yea, I need to pay attention more and now I have my constant reminder. I didn’t want cursive because this isn’t some song lyric- it’s an instruction. That about sums up my tattoos.
Now whenever someone asks me what what means or why I got this one or that one, I’ll just refer them to this post. Honestly I know a lot of people with tattoos get annoyed when asked about them, but really I don’t mind. Ask away! Obviously my tattoos are visible and I wear the craziest clothing anyways so I don’t mind the inquiries.
Now, tell me about yours!
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