It’s only in the last year that I have ever considered getting a tattoo. I’ve always been more of a piercings person, attached to the idea that if I ever need to I can take them out and let them heal over. However, I have been exposed to many people in this last year that have some of the most beautiful skin art and I’m just starting to have symbols that have enough significance to me to have them permanently on my body.
These are my ideas for some I would consider getting should I ever decide to do so:
- The Celtic symbol for the maiden, mother, crone triad, like this. This is one of the ultimate symbols of female power and celebrating the circle of life. I would get this at the spot where my neck meets my skull–on the other side of my neck from the fifth chakra and up a bit.
- The shield of the city of Siena. This city has a hold on me unrivaled by any other foreign city and matching the city I live in now. I don’t know where exactly I’d put this, but I’m thinking somewhere along my right side.
- The poly infinity heart. I wear this symbol daily around my neck since it resonates so deeply with me. It would be asymmetrical and have a red heart and a blue infinity sign. I saw a design once that I loved but have been unable to find it since. I would put this in the far left corner of my back, on the fat deposit right above where my back becomes my butt.
- The claddagh. This ideas represented by this symbol are some of my core values: heart for love, hands for friendship, and a crown for loyalty. I would put this diagonal from the infinity heart, somewhere near my right shoulder.
- The title and the most repeated line of one of my favorite poems: Do Not Go Gentle Into that Good Night by Dylan Thomas. The whole quote would be the last two lines of the poem: Do not go gentle into that good night/Rage, rage against the dying of the light. This poem is written in a complex form called a villanelle. I’m not sure where I’d want this, but I’d want it somewhere where each would have their own line.
That’s it, really. Not sure whether I will ever get any, but this just establishes some possibilities.