I got a tattoo

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tags: gender identity tattoos

A tattoo of a butterfly, with splashes of pink and blue color. A few months ago, I mentioned very briefly that I’d settled on a tattoo design for myself. It took me a while; I had never really seriously considered getting one before. Getting something permanent like that was, for a long time, really unnerving to me. After the last year and a half, though, I felt like I wanted to get something that would be a good symbol of my transition - just because being trans has shaped who I am to such an extent (even if I didn’t realize it for years and years).

A butterfly might be a little clichéd, but for me it felt right. The themes of transformation and growth really resonated with me. I spent some time looking through pictures and trying to sort out what exactly I wanted to get for myself, and eventually landed on the splashes of color - making it vivid was really nice, and using shades close to the trans flag colors felt right. I went to a local tattoo parlor, talked it through with the artist, went in and got it done, and it came out exactly like what I was hoping for.

Anyway, this isn’t a super meaningful blog entry, but then again it’s not meant to be. Just something neat.