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Goodbye Forever Creepy Sleepy Jesus Lion

June 30, 2012 by Momma Bear

Learn a lesson here.  When I was about 18, I got a tattoo.  I was full of youthful ignorance, not even thinking about pregnancy, childbirth, and a phenomenon called gravity.  I got it ON MY BOOB.  On top of that, I got a lion head.  I don’t know why, people.  Apparently it meant something at the time but I couldn’t tell you what.

I started regretting it at about age, oh, 25.  It still looked a lion’s head, though, so the occasional peekage out of my swimsuit wasn’t that big of a deal.  And then at age 30, I got pregnant.  OOF.  All the body changes transformed Mr. Lion into kinda a Jesus.  Which isn’t very Christian-like.  And ESPECIALLY isn’t very Jewish.  And then nursing?  Can you imagine the view the cubs had?  Yikes.  I can only imagine the Pavlovian response they might have if they walk into a church…

And post-nursing?  Wow, good Lord, did Mr. Jesus Lion start looking creepy.  And now that childbirth is 7 years behind me and gravity has set in, he started looking PREEEETTY sleepy.

So, there you go.  I had a creepy, sleepy Jesus lion tattoo.  Here it is, but I will admit I’m kinda squishing things to make it look better.

I *HATED* it.  But you know, with everything going on, I just never dealt with it.  I looked into laser removal, but ultimately decided it would be really expensive and the results would be marginal given the colors involved.  So I decided to do a cover-up.  But what?  It’s in just the right spot that something about the cubs (which is the only tattoo I could have imagined getting) seemed not quite right.  So, then I started thinking about this most recent journey, and how this tattoo would be on my chest over my LUNGS (it’s right underneath my port)… and then I thought of the symbolism that got me through a lot of the past year and two months… and HERE IT IS!!!!

And this is right after the tattoo, so it’s still a little rough.  BUT I LOVE IT!!!!  And it is JUST RIGHT.  And NO REGRETS – which pretty much sums up how I’m endeavoring to live now.

So, bring it – might even look into getting a golden lasso.

And… ummm…thinking about getting a tattoo?  Because we got recommendations and went to THE BEST PLACE EVER.  Seriously, just right.  It’s Atomic Art and Tattoo and I now am a huge fan of Jason Bradbury.  He’s fantastic and so is the place — the cutest house ever with the most incredible urban garden I’ve been in.  It’s in Portland on Alberta.  Check out their website at www.atomic.ws  — or call (503) 284-6688.  Love love love — highest recommendations!  I went with soul-sister Erin who got a GORGEOUS tattoo so meaningfully designed for her… a heart for her husband and each son, and then a cancer heart for me.  LOVE.  What a great day.

And hey cancer???  I haven’t forgotten – FUCK YOU.

Jessica

p.s.  Did you know this about Wonder Woman?  She was created during WWII and is a warrior princess of the Amazons (based on the Amazons of Greek mythology) and was created as a “distinctly feminist role model whose mission was to bring the Amazon ideals of love, peace, and sexual equality to a world torn by the hatred of men.”  Kinda cool, huh?


1 Comment »

  1. Jana says:

    Only you my sweet friend DESERVES to have such an awesome and powerful tattoo!!! You are are nothing less than a true Wonder Woman!!! Love you..

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