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26 October 2012 @ 11:53 am
new tattoo!  
Last week, I flew to New Orleans, meeting contessagrrl in the airport, and getting whisked off to the townhouse we rented in Marigny, near the French Quarter.

Before we left, we had pretty much decided to get tattoos while there, so on Sunday, we strolled into the tattoo shop near where we were staying, on the street with all the awesome music, and asked about getting inked. (Sorry, mom.)

Here's what I got:


I'm super happy with it and really enjoyed the process of getting a relatively spur-of-the-moment tattoo. My first one, I thought about for years before getting it (and still love it a lot), so it was very different to take a more vacationy approach to this one. I flipped through a lot of ideas in my head, ruling out animals, flowers, plants-in-general, leaves, and feathers before settling on (a) a word and then (b) this word. Then I spent a long time finding the font (before the rain by Måns Grebäck) that I wanted.

I chose my foot because I tend to like tattoos on joints and feet, and because I'm not ready for a tattoo on my wrist, which is the other place I seriously considered for it. As I think about it, too, I'm digging the idea of possibly creating a tattoo-style charm anklet of words I love and/or aspire to, over time. But what I've actually been saying when people ask about it is that I'm trying to put my best foot forward, haha.

I settled on "humanity" after toying with words like "joy" or "ecstasy" for a while and realizing that I really wanted a word that carried more fullness with it. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love joy and ecstasy, and there's a good chance I'll add those to my body at some future time, but I really wanted something that encompassed the whole of living experience, had a sense of communality, aspiration, contentment, recognition. So once I hit on "humanity", I toyed with a couple of others, but kept coming back to this, and it really feels just right.
 
 
I'm feeling: happyhappy
 
 
 
Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on October 26th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)

"...I love joy and ecstasy, and there's a good chance I'll add those to my body at some future time..."

Oh I'll add some joy and ecstasy to your body...

Anyway, very nice ink and I admire your spontaneity.

later
Tom
ruthless compassion: smiling uparoraborealis on October 26th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
wild, predictable abandon: me_laughing_bwcontessagrrl on October 26th, 2012 04:25 pm (UTC)
<3

I still love it. Also you.
ruthless compassion: cosmicaroraborealis on October 26th, 2012 04:36 pm (UTC)
I'm'a put my humanity in your oak tree and see what trouble they can think up. <3 <3
That Chick with the Evil Laughsparkymonster on October 26th, 2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
It's really beautiful and I agree about the fullness. It seems rounded and compassionate etc.
ruthless compassion: happyaroraborealis on October 26th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you! That is exactly what I wanted it to hold.
funner'n a sack a weaselsmoominmolly on October 26th, 2012 08:48 pm (UTC)
yes, and all of that matches the font very nicely.
existential hot showerveek on October 26th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Full of win, all a-round.
lazyzlazyz on October 26th, 2012 05:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the apology!
mom
DancingWolfGrrldancingwolfgrrl on October 26th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Lovely!
Kcatkcatalyst on October 26th, 2012 06:37 pm (UTC)
It's beautiful! And I love the ambiguity of humanity-as-people and humanity-as-quality.
Co-conspirator of Squeemuffyjo on October 27th, 2012 02:53 am (UTC)
It suits you very well. And I love the joy in the spontaneity. I am also highly amused by your mother's response. Clearly, the good humor is inherited.
whynotkaywhynotkay on October 29th, 2012 09:04 pm (UTC)
Ah, that seems perfect.