I have a tattoo on the inside of my right ankle. It’s a tree, right over my ankle bone, with the roots going down towards my foot and top creeping towards my calf. It has 207 (Maine’s only area code) on the trunk.
I was sitting around sketching one day and drew a tree there. I just fell in love with it. One of the perks of it being on my ankle was that I knew it would be wicked painful. For me, that served as a way to check my commitment to this tattoo.
Well how could it not be? Ceci n’est pas un arbe. It’s highly symbolic. As an act, it was symbolic of me taking ownership of my body. As a piece of art, it’s a reminder of that sense of belonging crossing the state line gives me. I also just think it’s beautiful.
I was playing with types of trees because I was painting one on my wall. That’s all.
My family was pretty horrified and some of my cousins were offended. My mom wouldn’t even let me get my ears pierced as a kid (I still don’t have any piercings), and then I went and got inked. I train in a Japanese style of karate, and given the sentiments that tattoos can conjure up in Japan (Yakuza…) I’m always a bit nervous going to the dojo.
I don’t know if either of you have tattoos, but it’s addictive. You get such an endorphin rush. Of course I want more. I would like the word “magis” on my left shoulder blade, and the dojo kun on my ribs when I earn my shodan.
A few years ago, I never thought I would be some tattooed biddy.
I have four tattoos (rose on the right shoulder, arabic saying on my right wrist, eiffel tower on my left ankle, butterfly on my right hip) as well as five holes in my ear and a stud in my nose.
I always liked getting piercings and after my first tattoo, I wanted more. The locations were easy to hide as I hope to work in a professional environment while the nose piercing is easy to remove if necessary.
All my tattoos have special meaning, representing my interests or special moments.
Beauty and the Beast, Islamic Art, Paris
Yes. I am careful to cover my tattoos and remove my nose ring and three of my ear studs in situations where I might be judged.
I am considering more tattoos, but have not decided what or where.
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