Maybe I'll post another when it is completely healed.
That makes 3 for me. One on my ankle, one on my back, and this one on my wrist. I'm sure this one will be my last. I may have the words "Hoka Hey" added at some point. Hoka Hey is a Lakota phrase that is interpreted "its a good day to die". Crazy Horse used to shout it before going into battle. The meaning behind that is not that someone is looking forward to death, but that IF they die today, they have no regrets. I think that's a pretty good way to live life. I try to live mine that way. The only reason I have not gotten that in ink yet is because I don't want to take a chance of offending a Lakota person who may think I'm taking something from their culture and making it into something trivial.
My dad asked me the other day why I get tattoos. I know a lot of people don't like them. I know some people judge people who have tattoos. I'm sorry they feel that way and accept their opinion but, it is just an opinion - we all have them. So here is some of my thinking that goes into my decision to get inked.
- I want to. I think they can be pretty. Not all are, some are just plain tacky, but they can be pretty.
- Tattoos are not eternal. They are permanent but they are not eternal. They will rot right along with me one day. I try to worry more about things that are eternal and hold pretty loosely to thing that are not.
- Each of mine have a meaning - its personal, I'm not sharing.
- I guess I see my body as a reflection of my life too .... it kinda gets back to the Hoka Hey thing of not having regrets. Certainly I've done things in my life that I am not proud of. I've battled addictions and gotten involved with people who I shouldn't have and all sorts of things. I do have regrets. The things I regret are the things that have hurt others. But ... all of my mistakes and missteps have made me who I am. I've learned from them. A lot. And I think I'm a little wiser and a lot closer to God because of them. I've often said that I know very well that God could have delivered me instantly from a lot of things but that I'm grateful that he chose not to. I would have missed so much. So, I am grateful for my journey, the good and the bad. And I'm sure that my body with all of its tell-tale signs is a reflection of that. Some people won't understand that. That's OK. Those who do, will know exactly what I'm talking about.