Here is the story on the new tattoo:
I have been wanting another tattoo for years. I have been wanting a sun/moon since I got my first tat. My god-daughter, who is an artist, was going to do the design for me. She once gave me a watercolor of a sun and moon that I love.
When I went to New Mexico a few years ago, I found an ornament in a gift shop that reminded me of the general idea I had in mind for a tattoo. When I got back from that trip, I made some drawings. It seemed like I never had the money when I had the desire to have it done.
Recently, I was hanging out with a close friend and I asked him what his plans were for Valentine’s Day. He said he had some plans coming up, and he told me that he is planning to get a big tattoo of a Celtic cross on his back! I told him about how I have been wanting to gt another tattoo for at least 5 years. He encouraged me to just do it. Later he told me that “you never know about tomorrow, and have no regrets.”
So, when I came across the drawing I had made of the tattoo that I have been wanting, I mentioned it to Lito when he took me out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. I told him that I really wanted to get it done. He said he was going to get me a new canvass top for my Jeep and he would also like for me to have the tattoo, but he couldn’t do both. I decided on the tattoo – I know if I don’t do it now, it could be years before I have the chance again. And we will have to get the new top for the Jeep anyway by next Fall.
Lito and I went into the tattoo place on Devonshire, next to Les Sisters, and I really liked it there. We got to talking to one of the artists and he looked at my drawing. He said he would work on it and he could do it Friday night. I went there on Thursday to check out the drawing and he finished it while we were talking. He is really good! He incorporated exactly what I wanted without me having to tell him, just by talking and getting to know me. He is a nice guy, very personable, extremely talented, easy to talk to and he really put me at ease.
The drawing came out better than I had imagined it! It’s exactly what I wanted.
When Lito first saw it, he said it looked like he and I. My brother asked if it was supposed to be Lito and I. But, it isn’t supposed to be anyone I know – it is the spirit of the elements to me. The man and woman in everyone. The two parts of everyone. The night and day of all of us. My duality. My ability to be the person that each of my loved ones need me to be, and how it balances out and makes me whole.
So – why get it tattooed on my body? I just like it. It’s a fashion accessory. Like having my ears pierced or my nails manicured. It’s a practice that is centuries old and it appeals to me. I hope you like it, too!
Click here to see the slide show of me getting my tattoo: