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Myself, in a sentence
I am a laid back, goofy, girl next door. Art is a passion of mine and love baseball. The smaller things in life is what I am most excited by. I live my life one day at a time with some long term goals in mind. Currently I am going to school to get my BA public administration at Texas State University and will be eventually going back afterwards to work on my masters in PhD. I am planning on going in to influence educational reform, something we all know needs improvement. I live in Austin, TX [Hook'em!!] and my heart now belongs to this city and everything that it has to offer. Austin is where I found my tattoo artist, Pete Gilcrease. All of the tattoos that I have are my ode to the egyptians in the sense that they are the treasures and stories of my life that I want to be buried with. I have chosen to take everything near and dear to my heart and illustrate it on this canvas I was born with. I have many plans for what is going to be portrayed, and as I live my life the story will unfold through my tattoos.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it
My favorite tattoo is my chest piece. It is a cameo center framed by two flying hummingbirds and backed by victorian filigree. My great grandmother [born in 1918] passed away my junior year in high school and growing up, after she'd been diagnosed with alzheimers, we shared a room for two years. She never forgot my name or who I was and we formed a very close bond. After she passed, me and my grandmother went through her jewelry and I had seen a cameo necklace she'd owned. My grandmother felt that I was too young to have it and in my senior year in high school I decided that I wanted to have it tattooed as the centerpiece of my chest. My tattoo artist used a belt buckle that I'd found [which later ended up being an exact match to the original necklace] to draw my chest piece. The hummingbirds surrounding the cameo are for my papop [grandfather]. My papop and I were very close and he passed away a while back. I get my humorous sarcasm from him. The filigree I am obsessed with due to my grandmother on my father's side. We used to have victorian tea parties and her whole house embodied the era. My chest piece is a beautiful work of art that captures some of the most influential people of my adolescence.
My first tattoo and the story behind it
My first tattoo was part one of two that cover my shoulders. On both shoulders I have large branches of filigree with two blue jays sitting on them. The night of my high school graduation a close friend was in a car accident. 5 days later, in ICU, his parents made the decision to pull the plug. This friend and I used to sing "zip a dee do dah" from Song of the South all the time. The blue jays represent the Mr. Bluebird on my shoulders. They remind me that life can be cut short at any moment and to not make a decision that could alter or deprive me of the long term goals that I have set for myself.
My next tattoo
The next tattoo that I plan on getting is going to be on my right calf and it will be an antique bird cage, the door wide open, and nothing in it. Also, it will be framed by an assortment of Pennsylvania wildflowers. It represents my favorite quote which is from Breakfast at Tiffany's. "You call yourself a free-spirit, a wild thing. You're afraid somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage and you built it yourself." The past couple of years have been rough and the only obstacle that really ever stood in my way was myself. I had built a cage of standards that only I would decide to free myself. Now I am free and know what I want in life and can never be disappointed by anything that I do as long as it is in pursuit of my long term goals.