It's a bit dreary and rainy today in DC. I've been hanging out in bed with Mia all day, listening to music and eating chana masala and snacking on pretzel M&M's. I've been playing with the idea of having friends/family/fellow bloggers guest post on days I'm not feeling so talkative, so I thought today would be a great opportunity to test it out.
That being said, here's a little tattoo story from one of my best friends back home. :)
I've always had a fascination with body art, body modification, and any sort of artistic/musical outlet to express myself.
→ When I was 18, I got my first tattoo; stereo buttons on my left wrist. Music has always meant so much to me, so I thought it was perfect for a first tattoo.
→ About two years later came the circle of thoughts on my right wrist. It's an uplifting quote from a Bright Eyes song that I like to look at to remember not to dwell on things that bring unhappiness. (As much as I like to consider myself a free-spirited hippie, we all have baggage.)
→ I have a pair of doves on my neck in part because I think birds are exotic and beautiful, but also because I've always felt I was meant to be a hippie from the late 60s and doves are a symbol of peace.
→ The MAKKL tattoo on my shoulder is the one that means the most to me. It's in memory of a dear friend I lost a few months ago. (♥ ♥ ♥)
→ The simple peace sign on my knuckle was a random spur of the moment gift I walked away with when I got my Bright Eyes quote touched up.
→ The tattoo that is the most complicated to explain is the barcode on the back of my neck. It's meant to symbolize the human right to be regarded as more than just a number, or a statistic. That was inspired by another Bright Eyes song: "We must memorize nine numbers and deny we have a soul."
→ Recently I added my latest edition; my Great Gatsby tattoo. The Great Gatsby has always been one of my favorite novels. The face is the image from the cover of the book, with my favorite quote written inside.
Last weekend I went to a tattoo convention in Chicago, and the urge to keep 'em coming is overwhelming!
Thanks, Gina, you're the best!
Happy Sunday, y'all!