I was trying to go for a good pun up there, but my brain checked out at least three hours ago, so I’ve got nothin’.
Anyhow. I’ve been thinking about tattoos on and off for the last couple of years–probably since Tia got her first tattoo, which was the first and only tattoo I’ve seen applied to someone. I do like the idea of getting some ink, but I also know that I need to carefully consider what I want, where I want it, who should do it, etc. etc. It’s not an easy process, y’all! I appreciate reading discourse about heavily tattooed women and how they’re viewed in our society, and it’s really interesting to keep track of tattoo trends and what’s new and edgy in the body modification world. Personally, I’m pretty sure that I want my first tattoo to be a semicolon, maybe like this one:
I’d be open to working with the artist if they have any ideas, but I like the flow of that particular semicolon. (Okay, I know it sounds stupid when I put it like that, but shut up your face.)
I’ve also seriously been considering a hummingbird tattoo, because I have a long history of being fascinated by them and how little and badass they are. True story: when I was really little, like five or six, I used to pretend I was a ruby-throated hummingbird and would jump off my bed while flapping my “wings.” I even wrote a letter saying as much to our local newspaper, and they ran it. Oh, children.
My main problem with most hummingbird tattoos I’ve seen out there is that they look so…stiff and lifeless. That, or exceedingly floral. I have seen some beautiful hummingbird work done in the style of Pacific Northwest First Nations people, like the Haida, but I think it’s probably pretty obvious why I’m not going to go that route. I don’t know yet if what I want is just something that can’t be captured in a still image; I would probably have to work pretty closely with the artist to get something satisfactory. Although something in the style of Ernst Haeckel’s work would be pretty awesome, and would hit two, uh, non-birds with one non-stone:
Look at the hairstyles on some of those! And the poofy legs on the guy in the bottom right!
Look at his little spots! Look at his tufted ears!
One final tattoo that I’ve been working on the idea of for a while is a quote. With my affinity for books and reading, a quote seems like a no-brainer. The main issue with this is that many of the literary quotes that I really love are kind of weird or depressing–like the term “arga warga” from Riddley Walker, one of my favorite all-time novels, which is used as a word for “trouble,” but which is literally the onomatopoeia for dogs tearing a person apart. But, come on, arga warga! I do want to try to choose something at least a little uplifting, and something that’s beautiful out of context as well as in context–a tall order, I know, but that’s why I’m still working on it. Contrariwise is a great website that collects literary tattoos (or did, it hasn’t been updated in a while), and it’s fun to go there for inspiration:
I don’t think I’ll ever choose to get a lower back tattoo, but I can definitely get behind some “Jabberwocky” love!
Do you have any tattoo plans or dreams? Or do you already have some work done?