Yesterday I got this incredible tattoo. I wanted to sleep on it to make sure I got the words right to describe just how pleased I am with it (immeasurably) and just how much it means to me. 🖤
🎨Artist: @ludvicpitre 🥇At: @jacksonsttattoocompany
🖌Based on artwork originally by: @jasonholleypictures
🎧 Referencing works by: @hozier & @raylamontagne
Ten years ago I experienced a mental/emotional breakdown. Simply put, it was the worst few years of my whole life. Dreams ended, and I couldn’t see any positivity in life. It was really, really bad - and if I’m being honest, it almost killed me. I came home from school, helped raise a puppy, found a good med/therapist/activity combo, and *finally* began to feel worthwhile and human again after years of fighting.
And then I heard a song by Hozier with the most spectacular imagery, reminding me of the album artwork from Ray LaMontagne’s “Trouble” that I had listened to over and over during this tumultuous time. Hozier’s “Arsonist’s Lullaby” voiced almost exactly what it felt like to struggle with an internal dark force; you don’t know where it ends and you begin. “All you have is your fire and the place you need to reach. Don’t you ever tame your demons, but always keep them on a leash...” resonates with me beyond measure.
I will realistically never escape anxiety/depression/ADHD completely — but — I found the leash and have learned the steps to the dance we have from time to time.
PS — IMMENSE gratitude to the incredible artist Ludvic Pitre (linked above for anyone wanting a piece of his — can’t recommend him enough) for bringing this vision to life better than the way I had imagined it all these years.