And on Star Wars Day 2016 I got my first tattoo.
This was VERY spur-of-the-moment. I went in with one of my friends, and she received this tattoo,
minus the arrow.
One thing that I was a bit nervous about was the fact that it was such a random decision. Yet, I felt at ease when I remembered my maple leaf idea had been one that I was thinking about for well over a year.
Lets cut to it, Christian and tattooed!
Do you not like tattoos? That's PERFECTLY fine. Believe me. I don't like long hair, but you can go on and have that. I once was stuck listening to someone talk about how Christians don't have tattoos and how your body is a temple, which I quickly replied with my typical "I've never seen a temple without art," and they proceeded to inform me that tattoos aren't art, which reaffirmed my decision to write a paper on the definition of art. Art is the expression of human creativity- whether you like it or not. That concludes my salty but necessary bit.
I am at ease with my tattoos. I love them, they represent many of the things that I adore.
Yet, when it comes to my maple leaf, it's more than just a nod to Canada.
For me, this trip was a solid miracle.
I got the chance to serve people far from home, and also I got the opportunity to be informed about the endless problems that first nations people have and do face. And I think this fact has shaped how I view the world now. It's honestly too long and intricate to explain. But Canada has changed me, and it's a result of a three year long period of praying. "God, I'll go anywhere, please send me." Here I am five trips north later.
My maple leaf tattoo represents plenty. Faith, love, missions, Whitedog, Shoal Lake, and all of my friends that I've been able to meet. This is one tattoo that could have been copious tattoos.
And I cherish it as a physical representation of so many things that make me me.
Now for tattoo two.
"And I shambled after as I've been doing all my life after the people that interest me, because the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved. desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars."
I got this one with my brother, whose first tattoo is my beautiful niece's name.
This one, man. My tattoo ideas go like this typically:
Get idea of thing I want to tattoo to be for (example, Canada, Whitedog, etc)
Think of design
Decide- does anyone I know have it? Is it "mine"? What makes it different?
To explain this in a timely manner, I'll share my Instagram caption on a picture of this tattoo.
I decided on this for many reasons. First of all, I wanted a Kerouac tattoo. For a long time I thought of many variations of a tattoo in honor of one of the founders of the beats. Then, there was the phrase. Mad to live. I get how Kerouac meant it, but one could give it many meanings. Mad? Does it mean enthusiastic? Insane? Then we get to the entire quote, which lists that the only people for him are the mad ones. For a long time I've admired many people who I would personally list as a "mad one." So this tattoo not only reminds me of Kerouac, but van Gogh, Chris McCandless, Edgar Allan Poe, Sylvia Plath, as well as many others. Finally we can come to who wrote it out for me, my mother. Enthusiastic to live: A reminder, a declaration; it means more than I can explain in words. So this is my second tattoo. I've been in love with it since well before I got it.
On my left arm, I'll most likely be getting "Under the sun" in my dad's handwriting. It may be written in Portuguese, and I checked the translation with a lovely friend of mine who fluently speaks it. This will represent many things, as is the theme with my tattoos.
My favorite book in the bible, Ecclesiastes, which carried me through some times. Under the sun is one of the most repeated phrases throughout this book. In Portuguese, it would stand for my ancestors on dad's side- which would take care of my want to get a "Portuguese tattoo." My father will be writing it, as my mom did with mad to live. This represents so much, and I'm excited to get it.
So here it is, the post I've been wanting to write for a long time.