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Myself, in a sentence
I'm actually an alien.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it
My favorite tattoo is definitely the script on top of my right leg that reads "Freakshow". Everyday throughout my high school experience, without fail, I was called either a Freakshow or some variation of the word. I was never allowed to forget that I looked or acted differently. I hated this word. I felt like it was a spot light shining directly on the fact that I was a little bit off. It was only when an ex boyfriend of mine called me a "freak" in the midst of an argument, that something snapped inside me. Wait, why do I hate this word? Because I've been labeled it? What have I been thinking? This has been stuck on me like some sort of label, so why not ride it out the best I can? If you can laugh at yourself, then no one else can affect you. I went ahead and got it tattooed on me and show it off with pride to this day. I embraced it, and once people saw they couldn't hurt me they gave up. No matter who and where you are, LET YOUR FREAK FLAG FLY.
My first tattoo and the story behind it
This is definitely one of the times I WISH I had an embarrassing story. I wish I could fill this section with some hilarious story of some dolphin sunset or 80's tribal arm wrap I made the mistake of getting. Unfortunately I can't. I had been planning my first tattoo since I was about 14. My first tattoo was the script on my back that reads "Normality is not a virtue". It's an excerpt from a Lemony Snicket book. I've always been the weird one. The underdog. I came from a super conservative town and was always told that being different was not something to be proud of. As sad as it is, I believed it for the longest time. After much trial and error, I grew into myself. I learned to love myself. Be proud of who I am and what I stand for. I don't doubt myself. I don't compare myself. Whenever I feel out of place, I just remember: Normality is not a virtue.
My next tattoo
A portrait of my grandmother, Flor de Campos. On my left shoulder right below the script I have that reads "Eu Te Amo", which translates to: I love you in Portuguese. Born and orphaned in Brasil, she grew into something I can only aspire to be. Wise, sweet, sassy, and beyond caring, she is an idol to me. I don't want her face to be forgotten.