Your Body is Your Canvass



I love my tattoo’s.  None of them are big, none are specially drawn for anything or anyone.. they are all just tattoo’s.  One is special because it was the first tattoo I ever got.. another is special because it was the first one my husband paid for me to get, it’s a heart and I think of it as him giving me his heart.. the other he got me is special because it was a gift from him.. the 4th.. I just really liked it and the colors they used.. and the last one.. well my best friend got the same exact one at the same time (on our girls weekend) to remind each other that no matter what.. we are always with the other one.. heart and soul..I would like to get some more.. some with meaning.. my never again symbol.. something for my mother’s memory.. my kids names… those will have to wait though..

I have never regretted any of my ink, my only regret is I waited til I was 30 to get my first.  I won’t regret them at 80 because a) I’ll be happy if I get to live that long and b) NOBODY will have perfect skin at 80, so at least mine will be colorful and interesting.. not just old age spots and wrinkles.

Recently I had a discussion at work with an older co-worker (when I say older I mean like 70ish) about tattoo’s in the work place.  He preceded to tell me that the only reason people get tattoo’s is for attention only..he said they are just a phase and will be dying out soon and will never be accepted in the work place… yeah.. I shook my head too.  He asked me to name 1 thing from my childhood that was still around and thriving (trying to trip me up).. I said “Gaming”… I’m a child of the 70’s/80’s and that’s when home video gaming systems came out.. they are now a billion dollar industry and going strong.. then I told him computers in general… to which I got ‘Well.. that’s different’.. uh huh.

I told him that tattoo’s have been around since the beginning of time, that they have always been and will always be here.  He said.. “Well sure, there will always be a drunken sailor or drunken soldier who does it on a dare or some bimbo who rebels at 18 and gets one she’ll regret later in life”…. it was at this point I knew drop it or have it out.. so I left him with this..

“Well.. all I can say is how thankful that I am that your generation, which to me is the MOST judgmental group of people I’ve ever dealt with is now at retirement age and is stepping down from being the leaders of the companies that you believe will not tolerate tattoo’s in the work place.  It’s time that people judge others by their character.. not their skin color, their decision of inking their body or not.. let them been seen for who they are and what they do rather then what they look like”….

He didn’t say anything to it… he knew he lost..

tattoo # 4 - finished!

tattoo # 4 – finished! (Photo credit: Tracy Lee)


7 thoughts on “Your Body is Your Canvass

  1. I recently asked a couple woman to write about their tattoos and they poured out their hearts… It was wonderful to hear. Many times people get tattoos because there are great meanings behind them.
    I don’t think it should be what’s right or what’s wrong with them… To each their own… I do not have one but I soo appreciate those who do and share their story’s behind them. There is a true beauty in the ink…
    If an employer doesn’t like them well then you have to cover them up. If the employer doesn’t mind then go for it…
    Thank you for sharing!

    LK 🐇❤

  2. Hey Shanny. I love your tattoo. I only have one which is quite large on my right thigh. I had it done after I tried to commit suicide as a reminder to myself… that I chose life! Hugs Paula xxx

  3. OMG!!! I got my first at 30 too!!!! It means a lot to me (just the Yang of a ying yang) I am now ready to get the Ying done. I would also love a huge back piece with lotus blossoms to both symbolise me (Nam Moyoho Renge Koi, The lotus is a flower that blooms in the mud, the thicker and deeper the mud, the more beautiful the flower. (the more shit you go through the better a person you will be) ) And multi blooms to represent the kids (my sisters)

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