I’ve had the hankering for a new tattoo lately. This will not please my mother for sure. She doesn’t understand ink. She thinks if I want something to keep forever I should get a painting of it not brand my body. I’m pretty sure my dad feels the same way.
That being said, I still have that itch. But the image has to be personal. My two other tattoos are images that are significant to me. The first one I got is a small iris on my toe. Irises are my favorite flower. It was my first tattoo so I thought I’d start small. The next one I got is a tramp stamp (they weren’t called that yet in 1998 when I go mine, that I’m aware of). It’s a bright blue dragonfly that I drew and the tattoo artist transferred. Again, I love dragonflies . To me they are a symbol of growth and change which summarizes my philosophy on life.
This next one I want has a different significance to me. The concept is being connected to a soul. I couldn’t think of an image or word in English that encapsulates the emotion I wanted to represent. The Spanish word encuentros does it though. It means “we meet” or “we found”. To me it represents the connection I have with the baby I cannot have and the one I miscarried.
I haven’t decided on how to write the word. Part of me wants it to be written in a circle to represent an infinite connection (for me a soul connection). And part of me thinks the word should be half of a heart with the other half lined in. I have no idea where I would place it on my body because I like my ink discreet.
In the meantime, I’ll draw it and hang it on my wall like my mother prefers, until I’m sure I can’t live without it. Then I’ll figure out where.