“You Guys Made Me Ink!”

Published February 24, 2013 by Carmen Lamiarum

I don’t know what to write about today, so I figured I’d post all my ink and explain what they each mean to me. So here we go. Newest First.

This is my Architeuthis Dux. It’s a giant squid, and my favorite animal. I’m terrified of being in the ocean, so of course, a deep sea creature would appeal to that roller coaster feeling I get in the pit of my stomach just thinking about it. This tattoo represents my curiosity, as well as serving as a reminder to always at least attempt to face my fears. I think it’s my favorite tattoo, and I wish I had more opportunities to show it off. This picture was taken on my birthday, which was when I got it. (And yes, those are my kick ass Batman socks.)

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This next picture is a before picture. It’s of the back of my neck. I got this tattoo, which is the symbol for Leo, when I was 18. I was high as fuck (I don’t do drugs anymore. Totally sober, a-thank-ya!) and at a friend’s apartment. One of the guys there built a tattoo gun with some india ink, a pen, and a vibrator motor or some shit, and I was all like, “Well…why not?” It took me almost ten years to finally cover it up, because as shitty as it looks, I was proud of it. It was more about the experience than the product, ya know? Anyway, here’s what it looked like before my last birthday.

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I got it covered up on the same day I got my squid. And the rainbow bubbles are my little tribute to equality. Here’s what it looks like now.

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*pause for four hours to go out and get drunk*

Alright, what’s next? Ah! My crazy crazy arm tattoo! Yeah, if I regret any tattoo it’s this one. I just don’t like how it turned out, really. It’s supposed to stand for eternal life, and it’s an homage to some friends I’ve lost along the way. But I really wish the guy had done a better job adapting it from the original image.

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Then there’s these (three) tattoos. I got them all done at once, obviously. These were done with my spouse. A tribute to the idea of finding your other half, as well as Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which is by far the best movie/musical of all freakin’ time. Now I’m not so sure about finding my other half. I don’t think people are divided into just halves of a whole. I think relationships should be in the multiple. But I suppose it still applies. Also, the phrase “Deny Me And Be Doomed”, while it comes from Hedwig as well, is a statement of my mindset when I dance.

Also in this picture is my first ever tattoo. You can see it under my right breast. It’s a two-headed bird. I got this tattoo when I was feeling at my most lonely. (Can I say it that way? Most lonely? Most lonesome? Whatever.) I was at a major crossroads in my life and knew I had to walk it alone. It felt like I was splitting in two.

Oh and yeah my navel is pierced four times. Because fuck yeah.

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So that’s it. If anyone ever wanted to design more ink for me, I’d be happy to take suggestions and pictures. All my ink means something to me though, so I think you’d have to know me fairly well to design something I’d really do. But hell, give it a shot. I can assign meaning to pretty much anything. Haha.

Okay, nap time.

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