*warning: Long post, includes mentions of self harm*
When I was 12, dealing with depression, anxiety, and abuse, I started to self harm. I had known about all the warning signs teachers and other adults would look for, long sleeves, visible and linear scars that would come of using of using a razor. So instead, I would use a thumbtack, or my fingernails, or punch myself. I did this for 6 years off and on. I stopped self inflicting almost 6 years ago.
This tattoo is a big step in my recovery. It's the gift for learning to be kind to myself. For forgiving myself, and learning new and productive ways to channel the negatives. Through running, video games, voice acting, all of these things have helped me through my mental shit that drove me to self inflict. For me, D&D is my favorite productive way to channel all of that. Those that play with me know that I am a Rogue at my core. Rogues are sneaky, secretive, keep people at a distance; but a well written character has development, they let down those walls and grow. I like to think I've scratched the surface of that kind of development. Hence, the Dagger for my inner Rogue.
I also have my flowers; a combination of Bloodroot, Wolfsbane, and Larkspur; all three can be incredibly deadly, and used in poisons.
Thank you so so so much to Stacey Heckman and Black Squirrel Tattoo for my wonderful new artwork!! It means the world to me!
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