This week’s post is something fashionable. For my last post, I decided to use something that is very close to me to define what I find fashionable. This picture of a tattoo is not your traditional or conventional idea of “fashionable” but to me, it is more than just an accessory of fashion. Many people see do not see tattoos as anything but a fad or a last minute decision that they will regret for the rest of their life. Many people think tattoos are pointless and just too permanent for their bodies. But to me, I see that a body is the only thing that is physically “yours” and my body is the canvas that I can call “mine”. I believe that a tattoo is a freedom of expression and a work of art.
I believe that my body is a piece of art that tells a story of of growing , changing and evolving. For at least one year now, I have wanted to get a tattoo and this August I got my tattoo in Salem Massachusetts. My tattoo is a tree with branches that spread out with an owl resting on a branch with the initials for my father, “KMI” . I have always thought trees as a way of life; a seed is planted in the soil with roots that hug onto the ground and then, a tree is born and life starts to grow. A tree grows tall and branches spread out all over the world and when one is cut off, a new one grows. The life that I have lived is much like a journey of a trees where branches die and new ones are made and roots are planted in the soil. The death of my father when I was 16 years old left an impact on me that will always make me want to spread my own branches and continue my journey as I walk through paths of life. The owl on my back represents a wise animal that rests on the branches. The owl is full of wisdom and flies around the world observe life and feeling free. But no matter how far the owl travels, it always comes back to the same branch. I feel like no matter how far I travel and how much I observe, I always have a place to come back to, or a branch to rest on that I can call home.
My father made the biggest impact on my life and still continues today to do so with his words of wisdom that I carry with me wherever I go. With this tattoo, the art on my back is a story that reflects more than a style of art but rather, who I am as a person.