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A-W Challenge – “Art” – My Tattoo!

A-W Challenge – “Art” – My Tattoo!

Art – What is it? Is it a gorgeous painting by Van Gogh, Picasso or another famous artist? Or, is art held in the eye of the beholder like beauty? I feel art is what is in your soul and it’s not necessarily connected to paper. Art can be a memory of something beautiful that only you can see and art is love and kindness and family. Love is Art!

My Tattoo!

I've always been intrigued as to why people really chose to ink themselves and make that lifelong impression on their bodies. Well… now I know why!

I love my tattoo! It has meaning, heart and awareness to it and I am very proud to display it.

I received it three years ago, and by the way, it took me 49 years until I decided to get one. I did the sketch of all three symbols myself and had the artist copy the flower and free hand the dragonfly and ladybug. It’s a unique and one of a kind tattoo.

It begins with the Lotus Flower that symbolizes me – Each color has a different meaning so I combined a few of them that were specific to how I feel. The meanings of the colors according to research are – courage, enlightenment, knowledge, cleansing and homage.

Then the Dragonfly – which symbolizes my brother Kenny – This was drawn free hand by my tattoo artist after looking at my sketch. Its meaning according to research is – power of life, renewal, creature of the wind** and it’s also known for its short life span.

Last is the ladybug – which symbolizes a very close friend of mine whose mother passed with her second round of breast cancer. Nanny was a gem and always took care of us. – Its meaning according to research – Protection.

I have to say that when I drew out my tattoo, I didn’t know the meaning of these symbols. I felt the need to be connected with each person and this was how I did that.

My brother has always been connected to me in life and growing up he was fascinated by the dragonfly, so the dragonfly is for him. No matter where I go or what I’m doing there always seems to be, one very close. Before I received my tattoo I had two readings, one in Massachusetts and the other in Florida. Both readers brought the dragonfly in and at that point I knew my brother was around me.

Nanny, as I’ve always called her, used to tell us that one day she would be gone, and when you’re sitting alone feeling bad and a ladybug comes to sit next to you, that it’s her, checking up on you to let you know that you are not alone. She was brought in by the first reader.

I know crazy! I’m not saying I believe every word they said, but there in no way that each could be exact! I feel very connected to these people and feel their love and protection, especially on the days that I need it.

I will be adding a Butterfly to the left of the lotus to symbolize my mother soon, as she loved them so much and she was the driving force for who I've become today.

I wonder if the Butterfly will blow in with the dragonfly and the ladybug on a warm and breezy day.

This was posted on a previous site that has been removed from there. I thought it fit into the A-W Challenge which you can read about ** Here ** and the topic that was posted by Kasman – Tattoo’s – for or against you can see ** Here ** Also the Twofor Challenge by Ruby3881 .

If you would like to challenge me to a subject of any kind that I should write about, make a comment below. But, remember you also have to write a topic about it. Make sure to check out Ruby3881 ’s challenge for her guidelines, if you would like. This is going to be fun!

Tina Roberge

Photo Credit - My husband - Lucien Roberge - taken right after tattoo was done.

Image Credit » Photo Credit - My husband - Lucien Roberge - taken right after tattoo was done.

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Ellis wrote on October 31, 2014, 10:56 AM

Looks like someone's got designs on

SLGarcia wrote on October 31, 2014, 1:26 PM

Love tatoo. I got my tatoo for my 50th birthday. It was a gift to myself. I have a chihuahua on the back of my left shoulder.

Kasman wrote on October 31, 2014, 3:51 PM

I like your tattoo! It has meaning to you and that is important. So many 'tats' are just that - 'tatty'!

Feisty56 wrote on October 31, 2014, 3:51 PM

What a beautiful and meaningful work of body art. You have so many talents and facets to your personality. I'm glad you're willing to share them here.

LoudMan wrote on October 31, 2014, 7:56 PM

Pretty design. Good ink-work. What did it run you? I'm guessing you broke a $150 bill. :)

bestwriter wrote on October 31, 2014, 8:00 PM

This is the first time I see tattoos with a meaning. You are so thoughtful as though you are carrying your loved ones with you.

Ruby3881 wrote on November 1, 2014, 12:19 PM

This article exemplifies everything that a tattoo should be about! My husband's uncle has this same approach, and each of his tattoos has a very special significance to him.

Thanks for the mention, and for taking part in the challenge!

Ruby3881 wrote on November 1, 2014, 12:23 PM

Too many people just get tattoos to look cool. But there are still a good many who get them for deeply personal reasons. Often it's a milestone - or a particularly difficult passage - in a person's life, or as a reminder of a loved one. My husband's uncle has about half a dozen different tattoos on his arms. Each one is there to commemorate something of great significance, or someone who was very dear to him.

AngelSharum wrote on November 1, 2014, 1:23 PM

It is a nice tattoo. I'm commenting but I probably won't do any challenges. Hope that's ok.

AliCanary wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:36 PM

I like when symbolism is used in art, as in your tattoo. I think that if someone gets a tattoo, it should be very meaningful to them.

AliCanary wrote on November 1, 2014, 2:37 PM

Ha ha ha!

JanetJenson wrote on November 1, 2014, 6:31 PM

You did a nice job. I still remember the first time I saw a tattoo on a woman. It was a yellow rose above her ankle. I have never had any interest in tattooing myself, but they are nice on some people. When I saw your title I thought you were going to say you knew a fellow named Art and had his name tattooed on you, rflol.

bestwriter wrote on November 1, 2014, 8:26 PM

If they are placed in areas that cannot be seen will that help I wonder.