Angela’s Corner: To Tattoo or NotAngela Banker
I have seen some amazing pieces of art through my lifetime.Â Many have hung in art galleries while others are worn on a daily basis.Â I have often been in awe of those hanging in the galleries.Â The amount of time and skill it takes to paint a portrait or landscape shocks me every time.Â The details that are put into a sculpture could be seen as extremely accurate.Â Or you have those abstract pieces that take a lot of imagination and creativity.Â The same could be said for the art that a person wears on their body.Â Itâ€™s still art, just a different canvas and medium.
People are expressing their love for art more often.Â My sister was the first of our family to get a tattoo on a trip to Vegas.Â Itâ€™s a gorgeous tattoo and I enjoy looking at is as well.Â She took all the courage she had to do that in her twenties.Â I admire her bravery, but I just couldnâ€™t bring myself to be willing to do such a drastic thing.
There is a lot of worry for me that go into a tattoo.Â How painful will it be sticking a needle in your skin for hours on end?Â What happens if I donâ€™t like it or the tattoo artist was not as skilled as I thought they would be?Â This would be on my body for life.Â Could I stand to see it on a daily basis?Â Oh the worry I put myself through!
My husband read once that if you are considering a tattoo, sit on the idea for six months.Â If you still like the idea then it was meant for you.Â When I was first diagnosed, I tossed the idea of a breast cancer tattoo around.Â I knew what I wanted to tattoo and had a general idea of where.Â I just needed to sit on it.Â A year finally passed by and I still wanted that tattoo.Â I knew it was meant to be; however, my nerves were getting in my way.
It wasnâ€™t until my sister received her diagnosis that I became determined it was time to step up to the plate.Â I was ready!Â Still nervous, but ready.Â I was ready to recognize the sacrifice I went through with my diagnosis. I was ready to honor those that I love that made the same sacrifice. Â I was ready to bring on the courage I needed to take that step.Â I was ready!
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