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Jul 29

Tattoo #9

Category: Life,Tattoos

Yesterday I got my ninth and most ambitious tattoo. It’s the most ambitious because unlike the other eight, I cannot really hide it. The others are on my arms and legs, two on my torso, all easily hidden by clothes. This new one, this one I cannot easily hide. It’s on the top of my right hand, a big red poppy.

I got it for a few reasons, I’ve definitely wanted it for awhile. The main idea being, I really like opiates, I used to like them far too much. I completely understand why people pick them up and never put them down. In many ways they’re beautiful, they help you feel absolutely fucking perfect no matter how astonishingly bad reality gets. I don’t care what anybody says, sometimes you need that feeling of safety, that peace. When the entire world goes dark, a little light helps. Back when I was really sick and really terrified, really alone, when everything I ever feared happened all at once, opiates were like a nice warm blanket, a kiss from Sara, a hug from God. I don’t at all regret or apologize for taking that comfort. Try living that nightmare and tell me I did the wrong thing. However, after some time, you have to stop hiding and face the darkness. Eventually, that thing that is so beautiful will hurt you.

This tattoo, a tattoo I cannot easily hide, is beautiful, but after not too long it definitely hurt me.

5 comments

5 Comments so far

  1. Ormolu July 29th, 2008 12:48 pm

    It is beautiful. And ambitious!

    Sometimes I think about getting one in a place that’s more visible than what I’ve already got. Maybe on the back of my neck or underside of my wrist. But I probably won’t… it can be a challenge just covering my upper arm for work, always a consideration in clothes shopping.

    You’ve got lovely art. 🙂

  2. Jim July 29th, 2008 1:33 pm

    You just gave me a cool idea, but probably quite painful. A Lotus bloom on the palm of a hand. Don’t know if you’ve known much Buddhism, but if not, I’d recommend an academic class on it and it’s history. There are many schools of Buddhist belief, which is why I recommend a more historical view. Some beautiful ideas, and maybe a clue to coming to grips with your anxiety.

    That is a cool tat. =]

  3. MagnoliaFly July 30th, 2008 10:14 am

    Ouch. You’re braver than I.

  4. rachel August 1st, 2008 8:32 am

    Jim: most artists don’t tattoo palms because from some reason the ink wears away after a time. Far worse and faster than anywhere else.

    That’s a really beautiful piece of work. My visible tattoos are my favourites because I love looking down and catching glimpses of them. I like having such beautiful creations with me everywhere I go. Does the same artist do all your work?

  5. michael August 2nd, 2008 1:00 pm

    I use 2 artists at the same shop.

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