In 2017, I got my first tattoo and fell in love with the process, experience and thrill of having art embedded into my skin.
As of 2019, I have 16 tattoos and will be collecting more.
For me, the experience of being tattooed is the combination of finding solace, accepting my body, and creating art.
I view my body as a canvas. My skin is the home to a curated collection of art designed to tell my story.
Each tattoo is how I communicate with myself the things I want to remember - feelings, aspirations, desires.
When I choose to share my tattoos with others, I’m hoping people may understand me a little better.
Often times, I get a tattoo knowing the significance I will attach to it.
Sometimes the meaning of a tattoo develops over time.
Sometimes a tattoo’s meaning is simply that I was drawn to a piece of art enough to put it on the canvas of my body.
I noticed that most tattoo pages are run by cishet white men showcasing their tattoos on light-skinned individuals. I’ve chosen to only work with tattoo artists of color and/or artists who feature tattoos on dark skin in their portfolio.
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