Tattoos and Me: Part One

I got my first tattoo when I was still in high school.  I was 16 years old and, really, just wanted one.  My mom was always encouraging my creativity; if she had any issues about me wanting one so young…she never let me know.  So there we go, she signed for me and I left with a tattoo on my back.  Even though it is covered by a different tattoo now, I remember feeling more complete.  This was a way of expressing myself that I felt comfortable and confident with.  It felt like me.

When I was 16/17 I started to get into a scene of music where people were straight edge (no drinking/drugs), vegan/vegetarian and tattoos were a large part of this culture.  When I first started going, there was this girl Shannon.  She was a bit older than me, but she was the first girl I really ever saw that had tons of visible tattoos.  She had her arms, legs and chest done that were in plain sight and I remember thinking that she was the coolest and most beautiful girl I had ever seen.  Over time I got to know her and she was kind and warm and we still keep in touch to this day.

This story might seem meaningless, but it was the first time I really saw lots of people with lots of tattoos.  As soon as I saw this, I knew I wasn’t weird.  I knew that I belonged.  I knew that me wanting to belong to this tattoo culture was ok, even though not many of my other friends had tons of tattoos or anything.  I guess in that way I always felt like an outsider.  The girl with lots of tattoos that listened to weird music no one understood.

By the time I graduated high school I had two tattoos: my back and forearm.  From there I got more, here and there; some with meaning, some with no meaning. I had many piercings, as well, all of which are out now.  Thankfully my ears that were stretched to an inch have gone down to a relatively small hole.

I also think this is why I love makeup so much.

Now in my 30s, my tattoos are my skin.  I don’t even see them as anything other than me.  Even the bad ones, they are still me!  They still tell a story.

Some bind me to people that have been close to me in my life, some are in memory of dear loved ones that I struggled with the loss of and some are truly just for aesthetics.

I truly identify as being a tattooed person. Once I was in a wedding and my friend asked me to cover my tattoos.  I did out of respect for her, her preference and our friendship, but I honestly did not feel like me the entire day.  That was one time where I can honestly say I did not feel comfortable in my own skin.

I know, I know.   What on earth is sparking this random deep thought blog post?

I recently watched this mini-documentary where Grace Neutral went to South Korea to explore their beauty scene.  South Korea has one of the top beauty markets in the world.  One of the segments of the documentary focused on tattoos and how it is illegal to be a tattooer. Illegal!  It just made me think a lot, I highly recommend you watch it.

This is getting rather long, so I will post a part two that includes my thoughts on the documentary.  More to come!

 

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Daily Smoothie Snack 

First of let me just throw this out there: I am not the person who can have a smoothie for breakfast or as a meal.  This body needs more!  This smoothie is a snack for me, something mid-morning or afternoon to hold me until the next meal.  

I really love this smoothie.  You can throw anything in and buzz-buzz-buzz, it’s ready to drink!  

For the example below I added:

  • Frozen berries
  • Frozen mixed fruit (mixture with papaya, pineapple, mango)
  • Frozen banana
  • Spinach 
  • Vega protein powder 
  • Water 

Throw what you have in the blender and top with some coconut.  The coconut is nice not just for taste, but for aesthetics.  

Yum!  Until next time, plant nothing but love.  

Monthly Favorites: April 2016

April was so fun…but where did it go?   Here’s what I was loving this month.

Beauty:

Too Faced Chocolate Bar – I rediscovered this palette. I love the KVD shade and light and go for that everyday. So earlier this month I thought to switch it up. This palette you can do so much. We have mattes, shimmers, neutrals and pops of color. And that smell. Y’all already know!


Sunday Riley Luna Night Oil – I struggle with dry patches and dull skin. I feel like I could see my face looking more dull by the day. So, I did some research for this oil and it was promising. I’ve been using three drops every night and I do notice that my skin is looking better. Smoother, brighter and, overall, just in good shape! I was hesitant to spend the money, but I’m at an age where investing in skin care is a good idea.


Kat Von D ink liners – I love these so much. They are so easy to use, lots of color options and they last all day. I really like Dali, the teal one.

 L. O. V. E.


Random:

Lemonade – this lemonade is everything. So refreshing. If you see it…get it!

30 Day Makeup Challenge: Round-up

Overall, I’d say I had a lot of fun with this challenge!  I was doing really well, only missed a couple days here and there. But some of the challenges left me so uninspired.   So, my last post was day 25.

Here are some of my favorites.

Celebrity inspired:


Crazy eyeliner:

Ombre lips:

Favorite lippies:

I particularly loved the first part of the month, the themes wee more fun to me.  They felt more open than “patriotic” or “I’m a Barbie girl.”

Good stuff!  Until next time!