So let me just start off this post by saying I GOT A TATTOO AND IT’S FREAKIN AWESOME AND I LOVE IT AND IT’S THE COOLEST THING EVER.
Just had to get that out of my system. But I actually did get a tattoo. One that I think is very cool and very meaningful.
Look! There it is!!
Pretty nifty, right?
You’re probably wondering what it even means and why I decided to have it permanently inked on my chest. Allow me to explain.
The word I got a tattoo of is “creo” which means “I create” in Italian. I decided to get that word on my chest because it carries a couple of meanings.
First, and most obviously, it applies to my writing. One of the main reasons I write is because it allows me to create things that weren’t there before. I can create people, places, times, and things, and I can make them however I want them to be. That feeling of creation is one that I find very enjoyable and very satisfying. My tattoo reminds me of my love for creation and that I should always strive to be as creative as I can be.
But, the word means more than just creation in a creative writing sense. It means creation in terms of my life. I always do my best to create opportunities and success for myself by working hard and applying my skills. I know that almost nothing in life is handed to me, so I have to go out and create my own path, create my own way to happiness and prosperity. Creation isn’t only about being artsy and crafty, it’s about working hard to shape my future.
That type of creating isn’t only about my self. It’s also about the lives of my future family and loved ones. I know that my family will, in some way, depend on me to create good lives for them. They’ll rely on me to do my duty as a father or a husband or a whatever to lay the brick for their futures and their lives. Not only am I creating a happy and prosperous life for myself, but I’m also doing it for others, namely my family and the ones I love.
I could go on and on about how the Italian word for “I create” can apply to my life and what I do with it, but these are the main points that pushed me to get the ink in the first place.
If you’re wondering why the word is in Italian, it’s because my heritage is largely Italian (my last name is Bevevino, which I guess kinda sorta sounds a wee bit Mediterranean).
You might also be asking yourself, “Hey, if that picture up there is in a mirror, why can I read it? Shouldn’t it be all backwards? Shouldn’t the word be in reverse? What’s the deal with that?” Well, those are fine questions. But, with patience, kimosabi, come answers.
I actually got the word tattooed on myself in a mirror image precisely so I could read it correctly in the mirror. My thought process there was that the tattoo is for me, not for anyone else. It’s my body after all. So why should I get a tattoo that I’ll never be able to read? Why should I be the one who has to see it in reverse? I shouldn’t have to awkwardly squinch my chin to my chest to see what I endured excruciating pain to have written on my body. So, now I can read it just fine. And it still looks pretty damn cool in reverse. See?
So there’s the story behind my tat. I think it’s pretty cool, and I’m extremely happy with how it turned out.
Do you have any tattoos? If yes, do they have some kind of meaning behind them? Do you want a tattoo? What do you want to get? Why would you get it? These are the things I ponder in my spare time. Please, help to cease my pondering and share with me your thoughts and stories.