Sunday, October 28, 2012

White Hinterland




I'm not exactly a tattoo person. I currently don't have any. There have been numerous times  in my life when I thought that I would never get one. I'm eternally proud of myself for not being one of those girls who ended up with a tribal tramp stamp. I've often said that I didn't truly have anything meaningful enough that I would always appreciate.

I think tattoos on other people are interesting but I don't often see artwork that I find aesthetically beautiful. However, I think white ink tattoos are unusually pretty. They've been growing in popularity, so finding a qualified artist isn't as difficult as it once was. Don't get me wrong, the last thing I want to do is get something trendy permanently placed on my body. But it's been a few years and I'm still intrigued.

I don't think I know anyone with a white ink tattoo. Because they are so subtle, it's hard to know for sure. That's what I like about it. If I'm getting a tattoo, I want it to be for myself or for someone extremely close to me. I don't need everyone in the world to know about it. I also don't want to drastically alter my body.

I've researched white ink quite a bit and read that it works best on fair skin. I'm lighter than the glow of the pale moonlight so that works in my favor. I like that the white ink makes the tattoo look like a raised scar. It almost appears like a natural part of the body.

When I leave the United States next year for the first time (it will only have taken 27 years!) and visit the country where part of my family originally came from, Ireland, I may get a tattoo. I'm going to research everything extensively (the journalist in me) and really think about this decision over the next several months. But if it still resonates with me by September 2013, I may join the ink club.

What am I going to get you may be wondering? I have a small symbol in mind that I would draw for the artist. It's not something I created but it is universally known- the Trinity Knot (also known as the Triquetra). I would most likely place it just below my left wrist as I am left-handed and that is the side closest to the heart.
















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I'm living life in beautiful Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I hold a journalism degree from West Virginia University. I have worked in television news, fashion marketing, PR, and cosmetic sales. My love for writing and sharing with the world my various passions is strong. One of my many ambitions is to be published and continue creating in the fields of digital and print media, literature and film. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, going to concerts, reading, following Pittsburgh sports and traveling as often as possible. Some of my favorite things include beauty, style, architecture, books, tarot and astrology, thrifting and my shih-tzu, Ireland. If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you!