TATTOOS

Fandango’s Provocative Question #144

Do you have any tattoos? What is the meaning or significance of them? If you do have tattoos, do you have any regrets about any of them?

At last! A question I can answer with a “Yes,” a couple of photographs, and a short explanation. Whoopee!

I have a big tattoo on my left calf. I had it put on about a year after my first adult (not counting my spine surgery when I was 19 or losing an ovary when I was 23) life or death surgery. I had survived one more nearly dead but hearing from “the voice” that I was going to live. Second time around.

I helped my artist design a tattoo. I didn’t think it would be quite as enormous as it turned out to be, but it’s a big colorful phoenix. You know, the bird that burns to ashes and is reborn? That phoenix (not the city in Arizona).

I should have had the colors filled in again, but I didn’t have the spare change and it’s okay, even a bit faded. Life is forever born from the ashes.



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19 replies

  1. Love the tattoo. I doubt if I’d ever have a tattoo, but if I do, that’s the design I’d go for.

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  2. That’s great, gorgeous and really meaningful. Mine are also meaningful to me too–I never understood the custom of just frivolously putting permanent ink on the body we wear all/most of the time if it doesn’t MEAN something to us. I recall the first one I got, over in England decades ago, and some guy getting the usual romance heart called out to his girlfriend, ‘Hey, Bev, how’d spell yer name?’ Huh.

    I also loved that the artist wore a teeshirt that said OF COURSE IT HURTS, and he said that I could curse or do anything except dry, because he couldn’t take it when women cried! I mostly did great, being a female ‘hard man’kickboxer toughie, but a tear or two rolled down anyhow once during the hours, and he raced around to the front of me and gave me a kiss on the forehead and acted supersorry, although I said it was nothing and just tension and no problem at all–I like that I recall all that, decades on from it.

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    • whoops, anything except CRY!

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      • I kinda of figured out the typo being the Typo Queen myself 😀 I don’t see the point in putting all that ink on for no special reason. I think it OUGHT to mean something but to each his or her own. I’m particularly amused at people who put on the names of boy or girlfriends, then promptly break up with them and then try to camouflage it with a rose. Better yet, when they spell the name wrong.

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        • I almost like Johnny Depp’s solution to WINONA FOREVER after they broke up. He changed it to WINO FOREVER. I personally would go for WIN FOREVER, myself.

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          • Unless it’s the name of something permanent, maybe just skip the names. I know people who look like a rolodex!

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            • Yup. I have no names on me except one in Tibetan which snuck in as part of the little mantra I had put on–the artist’s name is there now too, a great lama who did the original calligraphy in a book. He presumably knows nothing about it, and it would be funny if in some afterlife they told him that he had a delivery with his name on it and it was me!

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  3. Now THAT’s a tattoo!

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    • It’s a very love piece. If I redrew it today, I’d reduce the size a bit but it’s a leg, so mostly it hides behind socks and jeans. And yes, it does mean something. Probably more now than when I had it done (gasp) more than 20 years ago. Wow, time really HAS flown!

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  4. I was going to compliment you on how well the colors have stayed true. It’s beautiful! 🙂

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  5. Very impressive tattoo

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