SKIN: appreciating the spaces…(INK’ed)

A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition. ~V. Vale and Andrea Juno, Modern Primitives

As you probably know, from the amount of ink I have, I love tattoos. I understand these “works of art” as a means of expression and a way in which the body can actually act as a canvas for one’s life experience, desires, fantasies…all can be etched on our very skin…to take with us to the grave. Tattooing is, for me, the ultimate act of mindfulness: to be forever thoughtful, on the particular symbolism you choose.

More recently I came across a quote form Cher:

“For someone who likes tattoos, the most precious thing is bare skin.”

And I must agree. As much as I crave and appreciate the stark nature of the ink…I have also come to appreciate those EMPTY SPACES in between for two reasons:

  1. Their purity, unmarked and natural there is a beauty about the bare-ness of SKIN
  2. The opportunity they present…for MORE INK!
One day…my back will be covered with my dreams, hopes, and fears…My mind’s eye ink’ed for eternity.
And even STILL, I hope that there will be SOMEONE to appreciate the spaces…xxx c.

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