finally got a tattoo that i have been wanting for four years.
for a majority of my life i have struggled with depression, anxiety, and even self harm and suicidal thoughts. it mostly stemmed from bullying through body shaming that i received at the hands of classmates, friends, and even in relationships. i felt dead inside for a long time, wondering if things would ever change. if i would ever feel i was enough, because so many people thought i wasn’t.
my experiences have made me feel so self conscious about my body. i censor the things i wear because i worry what people think about how i look. because of the emotional abuse i endured in a past relationship, i find i am more withdrawn and cautious about opening up to people.
as a lover of tattoos, i came across @gritnglory and loved the vibe there. i discovered travis ross (black and grey realism is my favorite) and later i discovered @t.r.y.b.e., the trybe movement. their goal is to create something bigger than all the pain, and show compassion and hope and love, and shift the idea that tattoos are bad.
tattoos have given me a chance to love my body again. to be proud of it. i love knowing there is people out there who support others who are hurting, and are there for them. that they want to commit their life work in helping people heal through the artistic gifts they have been given. it is a permanent reminder that goes with me everywhere i go now that wounds can heal, and there are loving people out there.
thank you, @travisrosstattoo for giving me this. it means everything.
to read more of my story, see the link in my bio. i encourage you all to take a look at t.r.y.b.e, and obviously, get tattooed by travis.