November 30, 2009 at 5:20 pm (The Writing Life, Uncategorized)
Tags: fountain pen, self-expression, Taming Your Gremlins, tattoo
Yep, I did it – I got that tattoo I was considering (see recent post: Make Your Mark).
And I gotta say, I’m loving it! It’s a fountain pen nib “growing” out of the inside of my writing (right) hand wrist. Rich black ink flows boldly from it — writing from my vein, my heart, my essence. Etched leaf shapes signify my love of all things nature.
Important note: No alcohol was involved in the decision-making process. This was a totally sober and deliberate action!
And yes, that sucker hurt.. especially the ink line near my hand, smack dab in the middle of my tendons. Yeow!
But that’s fitting, isn’t it? Symbolic of allowing pain to feed my writing when it wants / needs to. Let’s admit…. endlessly sunshiny words can get monotonous. Throw in a bit of droll and ouch for contrast and you’ve got yourself the perfect word stew: something tasty, delectable, worthy of attention and sharing.
Just like that first “bzzzzt…bzzzt” sound of permanent ink being embedded in my wrist, a lifetime commitment to writing makes my lil’ heartbeat quicken. My gremlins (see Taming Your Gremlin by Rick Carson) gather to dance in sharp spiky heels on my confidence, laughing uproariously at my declaration.
And you know what I say to that??? I say No Gremlins Allowed… I AM a Writer. See? It says so right here on my wrist!
So, I’m curious… what reminders (tattoos or other!) do (or will) you keep near you to shoo away your internal naysayers??
text by Starla J. King, photos by Sandra A. Manne
Check back next week for the next post in the Anatomy of Love series!
November 11, 2009 at 7:09 pm (Uncategorized)
Tags: expression, self-expression, tattoo
I’m seriously considering <whisper> getting a tattoo. Don’t tell Mom.
(Actually, Mom might kinda like it… her 81 year-old conservative nature does have a vibrant free-spirit streak running through it. but I digress….).
Ok so let’s suspend judgment for a moment on the whole tattoo right/wrong issue and do a “what if” exercise, shall we? Yes…Excellent!
I’m realizing that considering what tattoo I’d get is a fascinating way to discover what really matters to me.
Think about it – if you got a tattoo, what would you get?
- Something that has meaning just to you or something that’s a message to the other people who see it?
- Writing or picture(s) or both?
- Something representing someone else in your life, or something representing yourself?
- Something serious or something touched with humor?
- Color or black and white?
- Photo-realistic or cartoonish?
- Teeny, little, medium-sized, big, or huge?
Me? I would choose something that has meaning specific to me — a reminder to encourage some valuable part of me to shine out beyond myself. Something serious, black and white and definitely photo-realistic picture instead of word(s). And little…I’m still a wee bit tattoo shy .
Whoa, at first glance, that doesn’t really sound like me. The Starla who loves deep rich colors so much I would (almost) eat Crayolas if it allowed me to savour them more. The Starla who (usually) laughs easily about almost anything. The Starla who craves words so much my fingers sometimes tingle with the need to write. The Starla with the crazy two-toned half-buzzed/half-long scruffly hair.
The thing is … all of those things are me… and maybe the tattoo specs are more about the internal stuff I don’t express as often. About the more introspective, quiet, intensely serious, high-art me. Hmmm… ???
But enough about me. What would you choose as your permanent “stamp”??? Or what have you already chosen??
Oh, and yes, if I do get said tattoo… I will let you know what it is…and why I chose what I did. Stay tuned!!
(special thanks to Melissa, Clare, and Lisa for unauthorized use of your tattoo photos!!)
And check back next week for the next post in the Anatomy of Love series!
June 26, 2009 at 8:01 am (Uncategorized)
Tags: art, authenticity, Dr. Seuss, painting, tattoo
You are you.
Now, isn’t that pleasant?
- Dr. Seuss
That’s Melissa‘s new (first) tattoo. Isn’t that just FANTASTIC?!?!
Think about it for a while…
You are you.
Does that make you smile? Cringe? A little of each?
What if we each got to a point where being ourselves actually seemed pleasant??
How many times in a day do you get disgruntled with yourself?
What if… what if instead you just took a deep breath, smiled a little, and said gently to yourself “You are you. Now isn’t that pleasant?”
I personally find the “you-est” parts of you to be the most delightful.
Here’s to embracing ourselves and each other exactly as we are. Today, may you be fully, authentically, pleasantly You.
(If you’d like to know more about someone cool enough to have this wonderful Dr. Seuss tattoo, see http://www.melissadoherty.com for more about Melissa and her amazing paintings)