My fascination with body art.

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I have my nose and belly button pierced, and a total of seven earrings.  I have two tattoos and I've recently decided on my third (sorry mom and dad).
I don't know where my fascination with body art stems from or when it began, but I've always been interested in piercings and tattoos.  It's not like I was allowed to draw on myself or my belongings with Sharpies, so it wasn't that.  I was allowed to have ear piercings, but my dad was even hesitant about letting that happen.  I had all of my ear piercings and my belly button pierced before I was 18, and I got my nose pierced about a year ago.  I got my first tattoo a day or two after I turned 18, and the second one waited until just last year.

I love my tattoos, but I don't like talking about them.  I don't like explaining the meaning behind them because my tattoos are considered cliche.  I have the word "love" on my left shoulder, and a dream catcher on the right side of my rib cage.  Love is the most important thing to me.  I have always said that I love love.  Even in my bitter teenage years when I pretended that I never wanted to get married or have kids, I was infatuated with love.  The love of my family has been an extremely important aspect of my life, and has helped me through depression and anxiety.

Growing up, I had frequent and vivid nightmares.  I always had a lot of fears, rational or irrational, and they often seeped into my dreams.  There are still images that I cannot forget and that occasionally recur.  My nana knew about these nightmares, and sent me a bear to sleep with when I was young.  She would buy me dream catcher earrings and necklaces that I would wear frequently.  During my freshman year, my uncle and nana sent me a dream catcher.  I don't know if they work, but I know that they offer me peace of mind.  Sometimes that's enough.

I am getting another tattoo soon.  I know what it will be, but I want to keep it a secret from most people until I actually get it.  I can say that it has ties to my identity, superstition, childhood interests, and love of quotes.  Sounds like a lot, doesn't it?  I'll get it once I figure out the exact design, placement, and color, and I have the money.
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