My husband had been considering getting a tat for years. His apprehension about it was getting one that meant something, not one that followed the latest trends/fads ~ like the barbwire tribal bands. So years pass and the thought of a tat came and went, came again. In 2005 he participated in the SilverMan triathlon. He finished in 12 hours and figured out what he wanted his mark to be ~ the SilverMan logo (http://www.silvermannv.com/). It’s now on the back of his calf. Originally the logo was black and white so now he wants to add silver to the tat. He’s also thinking about his next one. (I hear they can be addicting.) It’ll be a runner’s shoe with wings to start then after he qualifies and completes the Boston Marathon he’ll add to the winged foot to show that accomplishment.
I on the other hand hadn’t contemplated getting inked until we moved to Vegas. Due to my other job, I can’t wear bracelets or rings so I’ve thought about ring tattoos. My left ring finger would get a Knotwork Claddagh or maybe something like this and my right, this: but in black. I haven’t committed to those yet because 1 – I’d like to lose weight first & 2 – Getting inked is a huge commitment and permanent condition. I don’t know if I’m ready for those terms.
Then the other day I saw a woman we know from the running club and she told me how she and some other ladies from the club went out together and got tats. She told me who got what. Hers, an aborigine symbol, means something to her. The others, not so much. This got me thinking again ~ if I were to get inked with something other than rings, what would I get that would mean something to me? Then it hit me – a tat in relation to my first NY published book/series. (Yes, I’m developing a series to submit to a NY house.) I imagined the tat, a colorful phoenix surrounded by Chinese symbols for Wu Xing (the five phases). Of course my next thought was ~ Hey, I’m already published and in print so why not develop an image in regards to that series? But what? So I let my mind chew over that concept. (I have a lot of time to contemplate all sorts of matters while I work at my other job.) This is what I came up with
If I get my ‘book’ tats, they’ll be on my ankles. But, again, I’m not sure if I can make that kind of commitment.
Maybe I should test run the idea of a tat in henna first…
What’s your opinion of tattoos ~ for, against or indifferent & should they mean something to the wearer or not?