For anyone that knows me or has ever seen any pictures of me, you would know that I absolutely love tattoos. I love art and I love to be able to share other people’s art on my body. I started getting tattoos when I turned 18 and each of them tells a story. Not only do think the feeling is relaxing, but I love to be able to release negative energy by filling in some blank skin with a new story.I have a total of 9 tattoos! Which is not a lot, just saying. I think I’m due for a new one, maybe two so I’ll keep yall updated on that. But here is the story behind each of them, in the order that I got them.
- Ganesha- My very first tattoo is the one on my back which is of the Hindu god, Ganesha. This tattoo symbolizes my freedom. I moved into my own apartment right before my 18th birthday and was working two jobs while going to school full-time. I was making grown up decisions all on my own. It was scary but it was just the first step in growing up and becoming a woman. Ganesha is the most worshipped Hindu god. He is known as the Lord of Obstacles and is prayed to for guidance, wisdom, and success. If you’ve seen Cheetah Girls: One World, the lady under the tree gave Dorinda a small Ganesha statue and helped her pray. As I transitioned into a huge part of my life, I prayed to Ganesha for all the above and more.
- Quote #1- The summer before my senior year I attended a discussion with a guest speaker. I remember disagreeing with every single thing he spoke to us about that day, but before he left he handed out small little cardstocks. The paper had a quote printed on it that he closed his talk with. He said it was by Forest Whitaker. First of all, HE WAS DEAD WRONG. Ok. The quote came from author, philanthropist, and teacher, Marianne Williamson. I placed the quote inside of my phone case and read it every single day. It helped me stay strong throughout my senior year and to really keep going. To this day, this is still my favorite quote. I have the second line tattooed on the inside of my right arm. “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, handsome, talented and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?”
- Breast cancer ribbon- My great grandmother died in October 2015 of breast cancer. My mother’s parents died when she was little and I never got the chance to meet them or have any relationship with them. My father’s parents where there, but his mother died when I was really young so my memory of her is faint. My great grandmother was the closest thing to a grandmother I had. She battled for so long and she beat it once. When it came back, she couldn’t fight it anymore. Up until the day she passed away she was the same grandmother. She still loved me, she still spelled my name wrong on my birthday and holiday cards, she still was front and center at every family function. She was a huge part of my family and my life.
- Roses- I have 3 roses on my stomach. Each roses represents a person I have lost that took apart of me with them when they left. The roses represent my grandfather, great grandmother, my uncle Travon. My grandfather died right before I started my freshman year. His death was so sudden and literally caught everyone by surprise. He was the healthiest man I knew and the happiest. He lived everyday like it was his last and he was definitely the funniest person I knew. I remember him calling out “WEST SIDE” at my 8th grade graduation as I recited my speech.. Swear on everything I was so embarrassed then but now it is one of the funniest memories I have of him. I’ve already talked about the importance of my great grandmother, so it was only right that I dedicated a rose to her. My uncle Travon was hands down the craziest person I ever met. I remember him for his hugs when he would pick me up hug me, then tickle me so bad and I wouldn’t be able to escape. The day he died I remember sitting in the hospital with my family and not knowing exactly what happened but feeling like something was wrong. That was the first time I experienced death and definitely not the last. So, my third rose is dedicated to him.
- Quote #2- When I got this tattoo I was going through so much. There were times I really lost it all. Like legit I had no money, living with my mother, etc. and it was so hard for me to understand why. It takes real life experiences for us to realize that everything we go through is all for a better purpose. There is always something to learn or grow from.“Without struggle there is no progress.”
- Anchor- I decided to get an anchor tattooed on my ankle to keep me grounded. No matter where I go or what I experience, I will always be the same person. I never want to stray too far from that person that everyone knows me as. It helps to remind me of who I am and what I come from.
- Bouquet of flowers- My older sister and I didn’t have a good relationship when we were younger. There were times we physically fought like she literally would smack me, open handed, palm to face, slap me. Yo she used to be so mean to me. When we got to be teenagers, we didn’t fight as much but we did argue a lot. We would go days without speaking and at first, it really hurt. It got to a point where it was routine. After awhile, it didn’t even phase me. My mother and her sisters don’t have a relationship anymore. They have always had a weird relationship where they’ll argue and literally stop talking for months at a time all because of a small misunderstanding. One day, my mother sat me down and told me it breaks her heart that she doesn’t have a strong relationship with her sisters. When she started crying it made me realize my relationship with my sister is important. From that day on my sister literally became my best friend. Yes, I have other sisters, but I grew up with her and we were just alike. And it wasn’t just to please my mom; were actually real life besties. When I moved out she was at my house every single day even if we didn’t have plans. And we have an apartment together now. We decided to get matching tattoos because that’s what besties do..I’m still waiting on her to get hers but you know whenever she’s ready. I still tell people we have matching tattoos lol even though she’s procrastinating.
- Ribbons- These are the only tattoos that don’t symbolize anything. I got them because I really like them and how they look. I got them on the back of my thighs and I love the placement and the colors. If I had to label it, I would say these represent maturity. Mostly seen on pin up girls, I think of these bows, specifically in that location as sultry. The older I get the more I try to be aware of my appearance and I love to feel like a woman as opposed to a girl. These bows represent my maturity as they are grown up. They represent my crossing into womanhood.
Of all of my tattoos, my absolute favorite would have to be Ganesha. It was my first tattoo and it still looks brand new. The detail and shading are amazingly done. My second favorite are the roses on my stomach because the colors are still vibrant and I love the artistry.
I definitely have more tattoo ideas and more tattoos coming soon. I can’t wait to add more pieces to my body but I never tell my tattoo ideas before I get them. Just know there are more to come. I have about 3-4 more tattoo ideas and then I think I’ll be done.