I’m thinking of getting a tattoo.
I’ve always wanted one, really, for a long time, but could never decide what I wanted or where. Eventually, I concluded that my indecisiveness meant that I didn’t really want one after all, and stopped thinking about it. But recently the desire to get one has returned, stronger than ever, even though the indecisiveness is still there.
I still do not know what I want etched into my flesh, nor yet where…but I do know what I like. I like the asian and tribal styles of art, and I like them as sleeves or on the back. I like the colors to be clear and fresh, but not garish or bright or dark. And it is important to me that the work be a unified piece, not a patchwork of cobbled-together icons or symbols. And whatever tattoo I get must somehow incorporate Water. Water is my personal symbol, my spiritual home, the blood of wisdom and of life. I do not want Water to be represented by some symbolic proxy.
So, I am now asking for input or advice from my tattoo-bearing friends. What are your experiences? Is there something I should be thinking about, that might help me on this internal quest? Any visual resources from which to start some research?
And even if you, dear reader, do not have a tatto or few, I’d still like to hear your thoughts.
I do know this: I won’t be getting anything without absolute certainty that what I am getting is exactly what I want and can live with for the rest of my life.