This up date will be short and simple. But full of lots of pretty colors indeed! So, Thursday I ventured to my shop to get tattooed instead of to work.JBurd and I got started on my chest piece.(This was the first of probably 4 sessions or so.) All in all it took about 3 1/2-4 hours to complete. :) Viola: my cardinals!!!
This chest piece is going to have a lot of meaning for me and my family. Im not sure how my family will actually react to these tattoos this go round, because of what they symbolize, but the symbolism means the world to me. When my grandfather was alive, he would sit at his back porch area each day to feed the birds. can vividly remember him doing this,when he died I'd see one cardinal in the backyard by itself nearly everyday. As the years went on I lost my grandmother, another grandmother,and finally, my last living grandparent passed away. As each of my grandparents passed, the number of cardinals we would see would increase.Now, whenever I see a cardinal I feel as though its good luck...a guardian angel of sorts watching over me. On the day of my wedding four cardinals were sitting in a tree in my parents backyard...so I like to think my grandparents all came to my wedding .<3 Right now the cardinals are symbolic of my grandfathers (since they are both male birds) Next sitting I how to get the Tennessee and Mississippi state flowers on each shoulder (in honor of my grandmothers birth states) Eventually we will add a quote in the middle and a sacred heart and some other decorations. My grandparents were the sweetest people i have ever known (especially my grandmothers) I cant think of any greater way for ME to honor them than, living a pure,honest,loving life and getting this chest piece.
I am very thrilled with the outcome,and really wanna get another session in soon.I'm not sure how my grandparents would react to all my body modifications, my parents have just come to an understanding of them all. But I hope that they would be proud to know that they made my life so much better.And that I want the world to know my love for them,and how their memory is forever on my mind.I also think they would be proud to know that I found a positive outlet to channel my grief instead ofthe negative way I was expressing it from the age of 17-18.
I hope you enjoyed this post and the little background to my new tattoo decisions!