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.
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?