Sorry Mom…

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Today these tooties went from this…

To this…

Yes, this lady got a NEW tattoo today and YES, I’m using my blog as a way of breaking it to my mommasita:)!!!  I used to call my mom immediately after I got a tattoo and say, “Guess what I just did?” to which she would then respond, “Whattttttttt….”, and then I would break the news!  Today’s tattoo marks number 10, but technically nine since it’s a cover up, right?:)  I originally had my zodiac sign(Leo) on my foot but over time I got SO sick of people asking me if it was a snake and it just wasn’t the best looking tattoo.  My new tattoo is called a sugar skull.

I put a lot of thought into this tattoo and the meaning behind a sugar skull is this:

Since the dawn of time it has served as the symbol for death itself. It has long since insinuated fear, suggesting what is to come and what has been, the reigning icon of darkness.  The skull.

Despite this common perception of it being the icon and symbol for all things dark, it also has a much more significant meaning to it.
Since Aztec times people brought tribute to “The lady of the Dead”
Today, and as it has been for thousands of years, Mexican tradition pays tribute to loved ones lost.

Each year they celebrate “Day of the Dead” in memory of those who have passed. During these celebrations they dedicate gifts and offerings to their dead. This celebration is a somewhat festive occasion, and is held to remember the good memories, and happy times spent with those loved ones.

The “Day of the Dead” is celebrated primarily each year in Mexico, however many other parts of the world celebrate it as well. These celebrations take place on the 1st and 2nd day of November. The celebrations are a tribute to the dead. It coincides with the catholic holidays that take place on those days.

The 1st day of November hosts tribute to children that have died. The 2nd day is a tribute to adults who have passed. Belief also has it that on the second day the souls of the dead join in celebration. The families and friends of deceased loved ones plan and prepare months in advance for “Day of the Dead”. During this time graves are visited, and relatives and friends are known to spend hours on end at cemeteries, some even spending the entire night.

Symbolic to these celebrations are the gifts and offerings dedicated to the deceased. Favorite foods are prepared for dead. Families leave it in their homes or take it to their graves. Offerings of beverages and alcohol are presented to their dead, things that the dead enjoyed, loved and adored as mere mortals are offered to them now, in this new life.

I’m SO happy with my tattoo!  Many people ask me why I like tattoos and if I regret getting any of them, and the answer is always the same…  All of my tattoos are extremely meaningful and personal to me, none have not been spur of the moment.  The way I see it this, life is short and nothing is certain and my motto has always been, “no regrets”.  If you look at our society today, many people are extremely overweight, plastic surgery is at an all-time high and our society is always telling us how we should be.  But what is really, truly normal?  If normal is being boring and always acting like someone you don’t want to be, then consider me NOT normal.  I don’t care what people do with their lives so I could give a shit if they care about what I do with mine:)!  To quote my favorite saying…

“Well-behaved women rarely make history”- Laurel Thatcher

So while tattoos might not be “your thing” just accept the fact that they might be someone else’s thing and if you judge a book by its cover you’ll miss out on a lot of amazing things in life!

What do you think…

Should I get a real gold tooth to match my tattoos gold tooth:)?  Just kidding folks… just kidding!

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5 responses »

  1. ha i love it and was going to comment on the gold tooth in the skull! LOVES! secondly, i would like the world to know when i got my first tat at 15, this lady (angela) basically called me a skank as she stated that people that had tattoos were trashy, i think the word was. but now this girl has 10! glad to know my best friend is no longer judgemental to people who have tattoos! Rock it out girl!

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