Life, Style

Why I Get Tattoos

May 4, 2016

So I’ve been getting tattoos for a few years now. At first I did it for a sense of rebelliousness, but then it became to symbolize moments and stories in my life that I wanted to remember…well forever. I’m on my 7th tattoo and I’ve come to love each and every mark on my body for the context or what they signify for me on a personal level. For people who I speak to about getting tattoos, I hear a lot of “But nothing means that much to me!” I get it, you don’t want to get something tattooed on you for the rest of your life that has little meaning. But to me, even making that move and getting something tattooed is significant in itself. It marks a moment in your life when you just decided to go for it – whether it’s something silly or even something you’ll regret – it’s still a moment. Cherish it.
My most recent tattoos were inspired by photos I saw on Instagram. There’s this poet that has this semi-viral quote going around that says “Love her, but leave her wild.” FUCK YES. I chose a beautiful script font and got that placed on my arm. The other tattoo I decided on was the alchemy symbol for copper. Here’s the meaning: “Copper may well be the oldest metal in use, as copper artifacts dating to 8700 BC have been found Copper was associated with the goddess Aphrodite/Venus in mythology and alchemy, owing to its lustrous beauty, its ancient use in producing mirrors, and its association with Cyprus, which was sacred to the goddess. The elemental alchemy symbol for copper is also the planetary symbol for Venus. As such, this symbol embodies such characteristics as love, balance, feminine beauty, and artistic creativity.
Done and done. I placed that on the back of my elbow just to keep the rest of my tattoos balanced on my body. I naturally had to ask my good friend Cheyenne to take some shots of me with my new tatts, and she blew it out of the ballpark. Love her use of black and white and the angles she got of me below.
Here are the pics that I’m finally posting! I’m about to dive into some work here in a coffeeshop, but a little blog post here and there never hurts. Happy May everyone. 🙂

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  • Accurate future photo of me in Italy at the end of this month. Currently trying to figure out a what to do, eat and see for the 8 days I'm there and it's so overwhelming. Also nervous that I may fall in love with the country too much and not come back. 🤷🏽‍♀️ Anyway, send me recs for Rome - Sorrento - Venice! #romanholiday