I’m just going to come right out and say it. I got a tattoo. I’ve thought about one for a long time, but social norms and parental obligations kept me from it. Also, it took nine, arduous months to decide on each of my children’s names, and then I knew they could change them if they chose to someday. How does one decide on a permanent piece of artwork on the ever changing body?

A tattoo is a thing that will last and last throughout our lives, difficult if not impossible to change. Permanent art in a life that is known for impermanence.

I stood in my bathroom looking at my body for what seemed like forever. I considered the options of placement. Do I go full out and ask everyone with whom I interact to view it? No. So the neck, forehead and face were out of the running. I’m making progress here.

There are places too saggy, if I’m being entirely honest, to put it on, so anything my dainties cover up is out. This leaves arms and legs for the most part.

I really struggled with placement but I’m telling you the topic of art was the worst. I mean, what could I possibly love, besides my people, forever? I was limited to eight choices and I loved all eight of them when I started but after a while I didn’t like any of them. But I was committed. I was doing this.

I finally decided on the real estate, eventually I pinpointed my art/message, the actual tattoo was quick and painless contrary to conventional experience.

I read the instructions. “Your body is a work of art. Let’s prepare the canvas. Be sure your skin is clean, dry and oil/lotion free.” It also said my tattoo would last anywhere from 2 to 10 days.

With a deep breath, letting go of preconceived notions about social expectations, I took a damp cloth and let the tattoo adhere to my skin. I like it. Well, at least I like it for 2 to 10 days. I’m sure of that.

Do you have a tattoo? Permanent or otherwise. Share your story! Comment, like, tweet and roll with it, baby!

It says, “There is light inside me.”


Michelle YoungAbout the author

user-avatar-picMichelle Pierson Young is an entrepreneur, a radio show host, a life coach, a writer, an artist and founder of MichelleAtPlay.com. Her belief in the world as a playground for life has helped her clients begin to celebrate lives once believed to be destined for quiet desperation, an illness she believes MUST be stricken from the earth forever. Michelle is the mother of five children and YaYa to her grandson Pierson. She has been married to her “Mr Dreamboat” for 27 years and if, by chance, she finds a few extra moments in her day, you might find her having a private dance party in her art studio located on the Young Family Ranch & Zombie Apocalypse Retreat tucked neatly in the foothills of Mt. St. Helens.