About tattoos

tattoos

“A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.” — V. Vale

We are born and then we die. And in between we do something that is called living.

But that is not enough.

We need others to know that we have lived.

“I was here.”

Among all the other billion creatures just like you.

We create art, we make babies, we build empires of all sorts.

“I was here,” we shout to the world.

We want to be apart of this world, to feel accepted by others, but we also want to stand out.

And I think tattoos are just that. A certain way of telling others that we are just as human as they are, that we have a story to tell.

Truth be told, we all have a certain vision about how our bodies should look like. Some people want tattoos to express that ideal.

You know that terrible cliche: “Don’t judge a book by its cover?”

Well, I think that in a certain way we know that the vast majority of people will only judge us based on appearances alone, thus we try to fill the gap between who we appear to be and who we really are.

Having the story of who you are, what you enjoy most, what you love or hate or fear scribbled on your body is a way of filling the gap.

It’s a shortcut for those who really want to know us.

A testimony, if you will, to the fact that we are just as real as they.

That we have lived a significant life on between the moment of our birth and the moment of death.

And there’s nothing more beautiful than that.

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2 thoughts on “About tattoos

  1. “It’s beautiful to watch the tattoos grow old and fade and become like worn-in jeans. They’re all representative of times in my life, so I can’t imagine ever wanting to erase any time in my life.”
    – Anthony Kiedis. I won’t comment any further, the words speak for themselves. I really liked your post!

  2. My tats were statements that said numerous things. 1st one- the act itself was saying I’m now of age to do what I want and no one can say otherwise. 2- the image I chose was symbolic of how I saw myself at that time.
    2nd tat- was also a symbol of how I had changed and what I valued and to show I didn’t care what anyone thought if it
    3rd- s portrait of my passed daughter. Done for numerous reasons and processing emotional pain through the physical to have her on my skin forever was a big emotional process of grief I went though
    So yes my tats do tell a story for me about me but … looking at them you’d never know what the story was unless you asked me.

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