Tattoo

tattoo.jpg Yesterday, for not much more than an hour, I toyed with the idea of get­ting a full arm tat­too, ap­par­ently known as a ‘sleeve.’ I asked for and even­tu­ally re­ceived the opin­ions of the large num­ber of tat­tooed folks with whom I work.

Believe it, my sleeve would have been awe­some. If I had a full arm tat­too I would make it bi­o­graph­i­cal [or would that be au­to­bio?]. Anyhow, the shoul­der would have my con­fir­ma­tion saint, the Archangel Michael on it. I like the col­ors on it and the fact that it looks like a prayer card. St. Michael has al­ways ap­pealed to the mar­tial spirit within me, I guess I can iden­tify with his an­gelic na­ture. Incidentally, here is The Prayer of St. Michael. Wrapped around this and con­tin­u­ing as a filler be­tween the other tat­toos on the sleeve would be a chain of oak leaves [strength] or olive leaves [peace]. I’d also have a tat­too of a squir­rel and of a bird for my love of na­ture, but also for cu­rios­ity and free­dom. I’d leave a space on the in­side of my up­per arm for a word [per­haps ‘fam­ily’ or an ap­pro­pri­ate line from a poem] be­cause it will be close to my heart.

tolkiensymbol.jpg I’d have Tolkien’s sym­bol near my el­bow on my fore­arm. Not only is it cool look­ing, he is my fa­vorite au­thor and has been such an in­flu­ence on my life for so long he de­serves a spot. I’d have a sword on the in­side of my fore­arm [for fenc­ing], and be­neath its point, at my wrist, the ND mono­gram.
I’d also need some­thing rep­re­sent­ing dis­ci­pline, but I don’t know what a good sym­bol for that would be. Any ideas?

ND.jpg The rea­son I’m not get­ting the sleeve is be­cause, cool though it would be, What is im­por­tant is that I know what is im­por­tant to me rather than chang­ing my body to dis­play it for oth­ers to see. I do re­ally think it would be cool but do­ing some­thing be­cause it is cool is no rea­son to do some­thing [if it is per­ma­nent].

Curiously, a few peo­ple said they could not see me with a tat­too, or telling peo­ple about it and show­ing it. Others were en­cour­ag­ing. Can you see me with a tatt?

5 thoughts on “Tattoo

  1. don’t you dare!!!!!!!!!
    don’t you DARE!!!!!!!
    I was in labor for 25 hours with you and.….….……
    it does sound like a neat paint­ing to frame and hang on the wall though.….….

  2. You know the only thing that has kept me from get­ting a tat­too is that I am al­ways afraid of what it will look like in a few years. I’ve seen tat­toos as they get older and they don’t tend to age grace­fully. Oh, and the fear of the wrath of mom.

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