Never my thing I must confess. I associated tattoos as something that folks do in a borrachera or pendejada one night and then wake up regretting it! I have seen many many people tattoo a person’s name on parts of their bodies, only to regret it and have to make changes to permanent ink. In fact, I’ve seen a covered-up tattoo on my Dad’s arm and I’ve heard about the many body parts where people have put names of their loves — all I think about is how painful that must be. As I was checking out tattoos online, I just had to check out ones with my name…they looked painful LOL. Not that it’s likely, but if I were to get a tattoo, I could only handle my initial…no, not even that, I have NO tolerance for pain.
So when I saw this subject on the writing challenge, I almost skipped it…after all, who would know? who would check up on me? LOL And then I thought I would put it out on social media to see what kind of response I would get…thanks to all that responded, I’ve learned a lot about why you get tattoos — mad respect to you for your bravery, tolerance for pain, and huevos to put your story out there for the world to see. Some of us write, some of us want to be written on and read, as one would read a book. This is what I came to appreciate the most: that these tattoos all have special significance and it is a creative way to express yourselves and to mark major events and people in your lives…
Tattoos are dedicated to familia, children, parents, favorite singers, spiritual symbols, and even animals and cartoon figures…here are some of your responses…
DS: I have 4, 2 are for my dad since he was cremated, so daily reminders of him and the man I want to be. 2 others are only 1/2 done that are going to be bucket list destination tattoos.
MT: I have a bumblebee that I got the year Adriana turned 18, it represents perseverance. Then for Myda, I got a sunflower, she’s always been the sunshine in my life. I still need to add 3 butterflies, for Rocio, Ayda and Noemi. My 5 nieces are my girls and I love them very much.
YL: I have 3 my first one is on my ankle and it’s a Rosario (rosary), it was my first one ever. I was a troubled child and wanted a religious image….. My second is my kids initials on my left wrist and my third is on my neck, a butterfly to me it represents Jenni Rivera my favorite singer…. Mariposa!
BT: I have a hello kitty peeking from the top of a big pink bow. Well…Hello Kitty is timeless and I am a girly girl!
MH: Mine is a cover up…I like it and would like another one!
JJ: I have only 1, but it’s lil Kermit the frog. I’ve always loved frogs & have a huge collections. I got the tattoo to represent something I am, that I love. I’m planning on getting one w/ my sisters as well. Something that shows the world our bond together.
NRV: My sorority sister and I were supposed to get our first tattoo’s together. She was killed in Honduras at 19 in tragic car accident. I got what I had planned to get with her for my 21st birthday. When I was in my 20’s I went through a very rough patch and firmly believed that music saved me. I went to Mexico and got a clef note on my wrist. When Jose was born I had a vision of la Virgen G. I promised her I would always have roses for her. The three roses on my left foot are my kept promise, one for each member of my little family. When my grandpa and Tio died within months of each other, two very different, but amazing male presences in my life, I commemorated them with a little feather and the name of my grandpa’s favorite song, the way people like him and I live our lives, A Mi Manera. Finally, last year really kicked my butt. Between accidents, deaths in the family, and my parents’ incident, I found myself constantly seeking milagros. I now have a permanent reminder that regardless how difficult life gets, milagros do happen. Milagros exist.
CM: I have dog tags in memory of my cousin that died in Afghanistan serving this country .I got it because he was more like my brother we were close an I wanted to carry his memory every where I go plus I love tattoos to me it’s like stained glass on a church and the beauty just radiates through!
HV: All of my tattoos are for my family, one is the date my dad took his last heartbeat. There is also one which is for my team!
Thanks ALL for helping me with this blog entry!