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