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    this is my most recent tattoo and it’s on my ankle/foot. like above my heel? i got this in minnesota with my two best friends (hawthorn tree & forget-me-not) and we all got them in the same place. though mine healed horribly! the tattoo guy was definitely not the best. for these tiny tattoos it took like three or four hours for the three of us. not cool buddy! anyways this is sanskrit for friendship and now i suppose the three of us will just have to be friends forever. or end up like WB characters who used to be best friends and got matching tattoos and turned into nemeses. these two ladies, however, i never have to worry about losing. we all live in different cities and only all three meet up every few years, but when we do it’s epic and wonderful and one day we’ll all live in the same city and be able to feel complete.
so that’s it for me and my tattoos. when i first started getting them i only got them on my dad’s birthday and on the anniversary of his death, but after awhile i started getting more flexible with timing. and went from two a year to oneish a year. i have my next few planned out and the next will be in may, on the ten year anniversary of losing him. even though my tattoos may not coincide with dates reminding me of my dad, they do make me think about him and maybe that’s why i keep getting them? ten years later i still think about him every day, but not in a sad way any more. of course it still makes me sad to think about it and sometimes it’s overwhelming to think about, but most of the time i just think about him. maybe it’s something i think he’d like (“oh man dad would have liked that cake”) or something i think he’d hate (“good thing dad didn’t know i forgot to change my oil”). my mom’s dad died when she was 13 so i never knew him, but from what i hear they were pretty close. i remember when i was younger i asked her if she still thought about him ever and she said “every day”. i didn’t really get that and it made me really sad to think that still after 100s of years (i was little… my mom seemed ancient!) she still missed her dad every day. what i didn’t understand was it wasn’t a sad thing. that’s something that will never ever go away. you’ll always miss the people in your life who aren’t there any more, dead or alive. but it isn’t necessarily a sad thing. and at first it might seem overwhelming and devastating and like you’ll never feel normal again, but you figure out what a new normal is. at least that’s how it was for me. it took a long time to get to my new normal and to be okay with the new me (shit like this seriously changes the core of your being! okay not always. for me it did though). but i am here! and i am happy with my life and with myself (though i question both what i want to do with my life and who in the world i am on a daily basis). whoa. tattoo post turned deep. stay tuned for #18 though! it’s gonna be a doozy!

    this is my most recent tattoo and it’s on my ankle/foot. like above my heel? i got this in minnesota with my two best friends (hawthorn tree & forget-me-not) and we all got them in the same place. though mine healed horribly! the tattoo guy was definitely not the best. for these tiny tattoos it took like three or four hours for the three of us. not cool buddy! anyways this is sanskrit for friendship and now i suppose the three of us will just have to be friends forever. or end up like WB characters who used to be best friends and got matching tattoos and turned into nemeses. these two ladies, however, i never have to worry about losing. we all live in different cities and only all three meet up every few years, but when we do it’s epic and wonderful and one day we’ll all live in the same city and be able to feel complete.

    so that’s it for me and my tattoos. when i first started getting them i only got them on my dad’s birthday and on the anniversary of his death, but after awhile i started getting more flexible with timing. and went from two a year to oneish a year. i have my next few planned out and the next will be in may, on the ten year anniversary of losing him. even though my tattoos may not coincide with dates reminding me of my dad, they do make me think about him and maybe that’s why i keep getting them? ten years later i still think about him every day, but not in a sad way any more. of course it still makes me sad to think about it and sometimes it’s overwhelming to think about, but most of the time i just think about him. maybe it’s something i think he’d like (“oh man dad would have liked that cake”) or something i think he’d hate (“good thing dad didn’t know i forgot to change my oil”). my mom’s dad died when she was 13 so i never knew him, but from what i hear they were pretty close. i remember when i was younger i asked her if she still thought about him ever and she said “every day”. i didn’t really get that and it made me really sad to think that still after 100s of years (i was little… my mom seemed ancient!) she still missed her dad every day. what i didn’t understand was it wasn’t a sad thing. that’s something that will never ever go away. you’ll always miss the people in your life who aren’t there any more, dead or alive. but it isn’t necessarily a sad thing. and at first it might seem overwhelming and devastating and like you’ll never feel normal again, but you figure out what a new normal is. at least that’s how it was for me. it took a long time to get to my new normal and to be okay with the new me (shit like this seriously changes the core of your being! okay not always. for me it did though). but i am here! and i am happy with my life and with myself (though i question both what i want to do with my life and who in the world i am on a daily basis). whoa. tattoo post turned deep. stay tuned for #18 though! it’s gonna be a doozy!

    • 1 year ago
    this is a bad angle but this is my forget me not. my best friend in portland has them too and i got this with her in portland at the vegan mall. she has them on her back. another wonderful friend tattoo that i will have forever with one of my best friends. above it is the cherry blossom and below it i will get the hawthorne tree, which my other best friend has. i am so blessed to have lots of best friends. i know the word “best” implies “one” but i think the term “best friend” means something else. it means someone you love like family that you will always be there for and will always be there for you. you fight like family too, but always come back to each other. these are the people you will take a bullet for and wouldn’t be you without. and truly i am so lucky to have so many of these people in my life. so i get tattoos for them. it’s how i roll.

    this is a bad angle but this is my forget me not. my best friend in portland has them too and i got this with her in portland at the vegan mall. she has them on her back. another wonderful friend tattoo that i will have forever with one of my best friends. above it is the cherry blossom and below it i will get the hawthorne tree, which my other best friend has. i am so blessed to have lots of best friends. i know the word “best” implies “one” but i think the term “best friend” means something else. it means someone you love like family that you will always be there for and will always be there for you. you fight like family too, but always come back to each other. these are the people you will take a bullet for and wouldn’t be you without. and truly i am so lucky to have so many of these people in my life. so i get tattoos for them. it’s how i roll.

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    so here’s my right wrist. these are my stars. my bff in STL has them too. except bigger and on her ankle. she got them when she was in chicago and i loved them so much i just spur of the moment got them too. i like to color them in sometimes. my twinkling stars that will forever tie me to my bff. 

    so here’s my right wrist. these are my stars. my bff in STL has them too. except bigger and on her ankle. she got them when she was in chicago and i loved them so much i just spur of the moment got them too. i like to color them in sometimes. my twinkling stars that will forever tie me to my bff. 

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    this is my little bee! he’s rocking some headphones of course. kurt halsey is one of my favorite artists in the world. and he was in chicago for an opening at the rotofugi gallery so i got in line for an autograph with a print that i bought. and when i got to the front i told him i wanted a tattoo of his but i wanted him to draw something for me. so he asked what i liked and i told him his cute little animals and music. so he walked to the front of the gallery (past the whole line) to get a piece of paper, he grabbed a pencil, and he knelt down on the ground and drew me up this tattoo. AMAZING. i’m so happy i had the guts to ask for it. it was selfish, but worth it!

    this is my little bee! he’s rocking some headphones of course. kurt halsey is one of my favorite artists in the world. and he was in chicago for an opening at the rotofugi gallery so i got in line for an autograph with a print that i bought. and when i got to the front i told him i wanted a tattoo of his but i wanted him to draw something for me. so he asked what i liked and i told him his cute little animals and music. so he walked to the front of the gallery (past the whole line) to get a piece of paper, he grabbed a pencil, and he knelt down on the ground and drew me up this tattoo. AMAZING. i’m so happy i had the guts to ask for it. it was selfish, but worth it!

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    this is my treble clef w/a little heart. my cousin danna got it and i fell in love. so i got it on my wrist (same spot as hers) and again with the music tattoos. plus family connection (if you haven’t guessed yet, family is kind of important to me). this one is on my left wrist

    this is my treble clef w/a little heart. my cousin danna got it and i fell in love. so i got it on my wrist (same spot as hers) and again with the music tattoos. plus family connection (if you haven’t guessed yet, family is kind of important to me). this one is on my left wrist

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    so here’s my chicago flag tattoo. another foot tattoo. i got this when i was thinking about moving out of chicago and wanted to get this tattoo to represent my city. i love this city (patrick stump really nailed it with his “this city" song) and want to make sure i always have a representation of where i came from. one day i’ll leave (maybe for a year, maybe a dozen years, maybe forever?) but i will always love it here and will proudly have this tattoo to remember where i’m from.

    so here’s my chicago flag tattoo. another foot tattoo. i got this when i was thinking about moving out of chicago and wanted to get this tattoo to represent my city. i love this city (patrick stump really nailed it with his “this city" song) and want to make sure i always have a representation of where i came from. one day i’ll leave (maybe for a year, maybe a dozen years, maybe forever?) but i will always love it here and will proudly have this tattoo to remember where i’m from.

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    here’s another awesome foot tattoo. another of my favorite tattoos. this is my uncle kunio’s old school autograph. he’s kind of an amazing artist. 

i don’t know how many of us have this one but a lot of us have it too- i love my uncle and am so proud of his work and all he does. plus he’s kind of the coolest uncle a girl could ever wish for.

    here’s another awesome foot tattoo. another of my favorite tattoos. this is my uncle kunio’s old school autograph. he’s kind of an amazing artist. 

    i don’t know how many of us have this one but a lot of us have it too- i love my uncle and am so proud of his work and all he does. plus he’s kind of the coolest uncle a girl could ever wish for.

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    this is my little heart w/a p on my right foot. i got this for my auntie paulette- she passed away a few years ago. jeez… a lot of years at this point. my middle name is paulette, after her. she was a completely amazing woman and i definitely feel her loss in the world. but i carry her around with me all day. i got this tattoo based on her signature from one of the sweetest letters i’ve ever read. she sent it to my parents as a thank you and it just exuded who she was as a person. i miss her terribly but like the thought of her and my dad hanging out together these days. i mean… if i really think about it i don’t believe anything happens when you die. i don’t think there’s any sort of afterlife or anything. but who knows. it makes me smile to think about them together laughing at all of us so i think about it sometimes. 

    this is my little heart w/a p on my right foot. i got this for my auntie paulette- she passed away a few years ago. jeez… a lot of years at this point. my middle name is paulette, after her. she was a completely amazing woman and i definitely feel her loss in the world. but i carry her around with me all day. i got this tattoo based on her signature from one of the sweetest letters i’ve ever read. she sent it to my parents as a thank you and it just exuded who she was as a person. i miss her terribly but like the thought of her and my dad hanging out together these days. i mean… if i really think about it i don’t believe anything happens when you die. i don’t think there’s any sort of afterlife or anything. but who knows. it makes me smile to think about them together laughing at all of us so i think about it sometimes. 

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    i recently went to a dr who burlesque show at the gorilla tango theater in chicago, which i would definitely recommend if you live in the area. if you’re not familiar, the gorilla tango theater is this great little theater in Chicago’s bucktown neighborhood (or is it logan square?). Apparently there’s also a gorilla tango theater in new orleans. They put on hilarious burlesque shows like temple of boobs (indiana jones style), boobs and goombas (super mario inspired), and a nude hope (star wars). pretty awesome.

    So what my friend and i talked about after the show was our perception of women’s bodies. These women were hot. they had great bodies (which is good because most of the show is done in their underwear and pasties). BUT they don’t look like cover models for magazines or what we see in movies. they looked real. sure, the really skinny girl had a pretty jiggly ass. and the twiggy girl had tiny boobs and cellulite. and i don’t say this to be critical at all- like i said they were hot and had great bodies. it was just nice to see what real women look like. for me it was nice to see that even the skinniest girls have little pooches and cellulite. and it was awesome to see all the dudes there getting that same visual knowing this is what REAL women look like. 

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