I've been contemplating new ink for a while.... While tattoos are a here and there for most people, they have been a part of my life, my story for the past 14 years (eek!) I have lost count honestly of how many tattoos I have, however, I remember coming home from Cancun, sunburned to the shade of burgundy lobster with some asian symbol for "music" that looks more like someone splatted a bug on my back, and my dad screaming at me, chasing me around the house with a dry rag, threatening to rub it off. A lot of people ask me about my ink, when I first started, it was about creative expression, but as I have evolved, so has the meaning of my tattoos. Gone are the days of the "cute" Jiminy Cricket, or the "I wanna be Angelina Jolie" dragon tattoo on my right bicept. My ink has now become a witnessing tool. My major ones, on my arms, especially on my forearm, tell the story not only of what Jesus means to me, but of what He has done in my life, and it gives me the opportunity to share with others.
This tattoo is actually a Banksy pic, The girl letting go of the heart shaped balloon symbolizes my daughter, however I added the "3626" to the balloon she was letting go of to symbolize an experience I had with God on a mountain top in Glorietta, NM last year. God taught me to forgive, and in the meantime, Ezekiel 36:26 described exactly what happened that night "And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart."
I was carrying around a bitter heart for so long, so
much unforgiveness, that day in Glorietta, God
transformed me, and gave me a tender, responsive
"Its history, Its poetry" is derived from the Catcher in the Rye.
love which is of and from God, whose very nature is love itself. The Apostle John affirms this in 1 John 4:8: “God is love.” God does not merely love; He is love itself" This reminds me of the greatest commandment which is stated in Mark 12:30-31
"And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] No other commandment is greater than these.”
So if you've ever wondered about my ink.... there it is.
I want to get the word "Wretch" tattooed somewhere...as well as this awesome guy:
Tattoos are something I enjoy, something that I have been striving for since the 6th grade. Some people relate to them, and others loathe them and thats ok. I'm happy to say, my parents came around. My dad now sports a couple while my mom sports 3. We all have different ways of witnessing or relating to people, and whatever you are into, use it, use it to find others who are into the same things, and use it for the Glory of God. Spread the word....Love God, Love People....Go. (FBC Farwell)
What are your thoughts on tattoos? Do you have any? What do they mean?