August 15, 2010
Tattoo, ME Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 33
Tattoos are permanent reminders of temporary feelings. Jimmy Buffet
Tattoos are permanent reminders of permanent feelings. jak
True, more than a few tattoos have been inspired by an altered state of consciousness.
For some it’s just a matter of being "cool" or joining an "in" crowd.
For some it is an ominous imposition – the result of looking for something more and finding loyalty requires a permanent demonstration of commitment.
For some it signifies a rite of passage; recognition of the power of determination and the freedom of self expression.
For most, a tattoo signifies a landmark in a lifetime: memories or
memorials, honorariums, self-validation, a purposeful constant reminder of love or loss, an assertion of who we are.
Emotions - negative or positive - are powerful things. They can
overload your mind with the unnecessary stress - fear of losing moments
Please do not mistake this note for outwardly directed justification.
It’s self-exploration: retrospective.
Oh, I could romanticize and compare tattooing to the deliberate reopening of infection-ridden healed over wounds and the subsequent careful debridemental healing required for healthy permanency, but that would merely be an over exaggerated and rather lame symbol-ridden gait towards the justification I don’t believe I owe anyone anyhow.
For reasons that remain un-definable even now, 17 years ago, I chose to begin carrying my emotions on me instead of inside me. I see them daily: they enforce who I am, they perpetuate strength. They triumphantly display ownership of my emotions, confidence in my own self-worth: akin to wearing my heart on my sleeve, freeing up space for loving GOD and loving you.
This is a good thing.
In this issue: Tattoo, Waring Blenders, Struggling to Find Your Voice
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