My skin is a canvas

The word tattoo is a loanword from the Polynesian word tatau, meaning “correct, workmanlike”. Sailors on the voyage later introduced both the word and reintroduced the concept of tattooing to Europe. The first written reference to the word tattoo (or tatau), appears in the journal of Joseph Banks (24 February 1743 – 19 June 1820), the naturalist aboard Captain Cook’s ship the HMS Endeavour: “I shall now mention the way they mark themselves indelibly, each of them is so marked by their humor or disposition”.

I love tattoos. I got my first one when I was 17 and I had already been waiting a few years for it. Please, let me introduce you: This is Sylvester He appeared one day in my in my left calf. Actually, my mother had to come with me and sign some papers, because of my age. 20 years and still a good looking cat!

Sylvestre

The next year, I wanted a “ying-yang” so bad. My mother chose the “background”. I love this old man looking good and evil in the palm of his hand. He lives in my right “lat”.

Back

“T” reminds me every day: “Don´t do what others do, asshole”. A couple of friends wanted tattoos so they asked me to go with them. One dragon, one lion, and “T” 😀 In my right calf, T looks like Sylvestre´s bodybuilder cousin so, be careful, T loves to bite 😉

Tiger

The philosophers are always looking for something, usually “The Truth”. A couple of eyes in my left arm reminds me to look twice, hear twice, think twice.

Eyes

My right forearm grew over time. It born as happiness kanji, accompanied with two advices to get there: “dare to know” (Kant) and “Know yourself” (Apollo´s temple inscription). Years later, a bunch of disjointed dots built a maze. Allegory of life 🙂

Maze

When I arrived Amsterdam for the very first time, I needed more than a souvenir 🙂 This place stimulates my mind and soul in so many ways… I was having breakfast in a coffee shop: Natural orange juice, Colombian black coffee, biscuits, and PowerPlant. The waiter was from Barcelona, we were talking about places to visit for a while. He continued his work and I began a tourist guide. It was there: 20% off in a tattoo studio in the Red District with this coupon. The rest is in the books 🙂

An exclamation point (mark) behind the left ear. A question point (mark) behind the right ear. Left side of the brain handles analysis, logic, numbers, questions (?). Right side handles creativity, sensations, feelings (!). So, here they are, my surprise before our analytical capacity and my question before our creativity.

Exclamation point

Question

After my second trip to Amsterdam… Sorry, it is what it is 🙂 Left wrist, probably one of the most ancient written words: Weed (Surprise!). The point on the top is the sun. Just below, a house. Inside the house, two plants faced down, drying.

Maria

Some years ago, when the economic crisis began in Europe, I started to miss something: smiles. By the time, I read a quote. “If wherever you go want to find friendship, smiles, and poetry, take them with you”. My lovely and smiling thumbs (right and left):

Smiley1

Smiley2

After my last trip to Amsterdam, two years ago and still with the quote in mind: Poem title wordplay, “kiss me for breakfast” if you trust my word 😉 Anonimous beautiful “poem” in Spanish.

Besayuname

Finally, a portrait of my friend, “Maria” 🙂

Weed

And you, any tattoo?

19 thoughts on “My skin is a canvas”

  1. oh my god!!! i loved those..specially the yin and yang(more cause of the way its is done, the man holding it in his hands) , i loved the exclamation mark i use a lot of that in my writing(i got a semicolon) and i like sylvester!!! 🙂 Lovely tattoos 🙂 🙂 🙂 Hell yeah they are addictive only if you know 😉

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  2. I’m not against tattoos. But I see far too many ugly-looking ones around me, looking nowhere near like art. I do love looking at nice tattoos and yours look really nice (and seems like you have a really cool mom!). My husband has tattoos, I don’t.

    If ever I’d have one (or some, for that matter), I’d like them to be small but meaningful. The Yin Yang symbol would be great, and an ankh, and the “Tao” character, and maybe something written in our ancient alphabet (baybayin or alibata).

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    1. Thank you so much 😀 I´m sure you´ve heard this before but, my mom is the best!!! 🙂
      Haha! Be careful, most of us thought like you before we get our first tattoo: just a small one here or there, and then you realize you would like another small one, and some years later another one. Well, it happened to me 😉
      Hugs

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