Margit’s Note: Tattoo You (Not Me)
(Photo: Farrah Braniff/SusanGoldberg.com)
I’m on a fast track to 50 and yet… when I half-jokingly ask my mother, as a preface to this issue, how she would feel if I got a tattoo she swiftly responds with a “No.”
Okay, Mom. What about a commemorative, post-chemo…
Despite Mom’s protestations, I’ve considered it. I just have zero idea of what I’d get. What’s worth a perma-doodle for my forearm? What witty, sums-it-all-up phrase could I see peeking out of a backless dress? (If I wore backless dresses.)
There are plenty of tattoos I see and think, “Now why didn’t I think of that??” See this week’s theme image for the perfect example.
Yet, nothing has me rushing to get needle and inked. More than likely, I’d get a tattoo, tire of it and end up with a Johnny Depp “Wino Forever” travesty. I have a poor track record with body modifications in general — a heavy, dangling feather earring in 10th grade resulted in a torn earlobe. I’ve been a clip-ons wearer ever since.
But never say never.
Okay, Mom, whatever.
This week, we have a packed issue for those have dared (or feigned) to get inked.
- Susan Goldberg (see the aforementioned theme image) is forced public with the private
- Sara Gilliam writes her life in ink
- Annette Earling’s 73-year-old mom schools her in cool
- Courtney Colwell gives us reasons to pause the needle
- I get career advice from Tattly
- Cheryl Dumesnil interviews a tattoo artist who helps breast cancer survivors heal through ink
I got a tattoo in honor of completing my second half marathon in October. It’s on the outside of my right ankle and it says 13.1 perseverance, persistence, strength. My left ankle us reserved for my first marathon. I, too have been trying to come up with a post-cancer tattoo. I’m thinking some permutation of “she believed she could so she did.” I’m going to have my artist design it for me.
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