“My body is my journal and my tattoos are my story”
About 13 years ago, I became extremely fascinated — some might call it border line obsessed — with body art. To me it seemed like these people who sported the look were walking art pieces, a mobile Monet if you will. There was just something about it that I absolutely loved. I was hooked and pretty determined to cover myself with tattoos.
In 2005 I started watching Miami Ink and obsessing over how the process was done, the artwork, and the tattoo artists. They were a part of a club that I so badly wanted to be apart of. These artists stood out and didn’t care at all. They said what they wanted, did something for a living they loved doing and they got to produce awesome art pieces all day.
To me, getting tattooed was a really bold way to get an idea or a feeling across to the public, expressing yourself without saying a word…kinda just like fashion or hair. At that time to the public eye most tattooed people were seen as criminals, unemployed or black sheep, some may even say radicals. But as I got older, tattoos became more of a trend. It almost has become the cool thing to do, “If you aren’t tattooed, you can’t sit with us! No, but really…you can’t.”
But there’s so much more than “being cool” that goes into the process and why people who are heavily tattooed get tattooed. To me and most people who sit in the chair for several hours, we see it more of a therapy session. If I can sit for six hours as a needle stabs me repeatedly over and over again, I feel like I can get through anything emotionally. It’s definitely mind over matter when this happens and incredibly rewarding when it is all said and done.
Celebrating individuality and inner beauty is extremely important to me. My tattoos are my life story, how I feel and what I’ve been through. A lot of people say “You won’t feel like that forever,” or, “How will you know you’ll like that in ten years?” I know I’ll like what I have because it’s a part of who I am and who I was at that moment in my life. That feeling will never change and embracing that is such an empowering feeling.
So even if you’re not into tattoos, hold onto whatever you’re passionate about, whatever makes you feel good inside and out and go take on the world!
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