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I Is For Inked

Ice.
Bah!
I live in Canada.
Ice is part of the territory.
But if I talk about ice, being Canadian, naturally I'd get onto hockey.
The only hockey I care about is the Leafs. I bleed blue.
That would have had to have been last week's post though.... but I don't play hockey, so it wouldn't be getting to know me per say... just my favorite sport.
So moving on, we get to the real idea for this week's I post.
I got inked!
Remember me talking about my dad passing, and my brother has also passed, and that prompted me to want a memorial tattoo of sorts. I just had no idea how or what to memorialize them with.
We're Métis. We're native.
My family has a thing for eagles, wolves and animals of that nature that lead back to native culture.
Still I couldn't think of how to incorporate that into a girly girl design. So I put it on the back-burner for quite some time.
Then I read a book.
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Review is posted HERE

It wasn't so much the story, but when I saw the birds silhouetted on the cover, and at the beginning of every chapter, I was inspired again.
I knew I could create a memorial tattoo for my family, and had an even better idea than before. I got my best friend and went to get inked. (Thanks, Rockstar Ink!) One bird silhouette for my dad, and one for my brother.
Dad has his wings open to welcome my brother who followed.

The idea that I had afterward, is if anyone else in my family should pass before me, like my mom or anymore of my siblings, or heaven forbid one of my children, they will be added to this tattoo. Another bird silhouette.
It may not be for everyone, and honestly I never thought it would be for me. This tattoo felt right though and I am sure I will feel the same way in another 40 years, if I live that long.
For me, I now always have my dad and brother with me every minute of every day, even if or when I don't remember them. (Dementia runs in my family, it could happen.)
So my first inked experience, and yes, this memorial tattoo is the only one I will have.

Do you have tattoos?


Alphabe Thursday



Comments

  1. i am sorry for your loss Freda... i never thought about tattoos as a memorial for those who passed. i think its beautiful - and so were the silhouettes you chose!

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  2. So sorry for your loss, Freda. I'm not one for tattoos but those bird silhouettes are beautiful! Great choice!

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  3. seems fitting and looks great on you! your photo here looks like it could be a book cover too :-) i toyed with the idea of inking as well, for the same reason. but instead ended up getting a ring with a raven image.

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  4. No I don't have any tattoos, but I think yours is absolutely perfect!

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  5. That is a beautiful memorial. A friend from an Etsy team I'm on did a similar tattoo for her brother who recently passed away -- it was a bird also and has special meaning for her. I think it's a lovely tribute.
    No tattoos for me, but my son has one and my daughter has two, one of which is the letter M for her daughter (my granddaughter!).

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  6. No tattoos. I've always wanted a couple of meaningful ones, but practical considerations tend to end up taking my money before I can get inked.
    I haven't watched hockey in ages. I don't have TV service any more--couldn't afford it. I was always so tired from work that I'd fall asleep during the game anyway--grrr!

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  7. Great tat Freda. I thought I would never get a tattoo, but secretly always wanted one, until one day ... I finally gathered up enough courage to get one. Mine is of a beautiful Hummingbird (it's on my right shoulder blade. I was once mesmerized by a hummingbird as it flew, in mid air, inches away from my face. It was awesome to see it in animated suspension, for what felt like a lifetime, and I swear it looked at me with as much awe as I looked at it. That moment was magical and I will never forget it. God's creatures are beautiful and perfect ... no matter the size.

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  8. I do not have tats but I know many people in my friends and family that have them as memorials for THEIR beloved family / friends :)

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  9. Hi Freda ~~ Those birds look lovely and especially appropriate for a Métis lady remembering her father and brother. No, I don't have a tattoo.

    If I did, it would be a little private but not risqué. I like the ladies high on their shoulders or on their ankles. On their chest but not too low would be okay too.
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  10. Forgot to say thank you for peeking in on my ice cream post and for you nice comment. I eat Skinny Cow cheese and the hand held ice cream things. Sorry I am so late in returning to you.
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  11. I am really sorry for your loss.

    Gosh. Such a poignant link this week for you.

    I don't have any tats, but yours is both beautiful and heart wrenching.

    Sending you a big hug along with your A+

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