2017: a review in tattoos

i got seven tattoos this year. a lucky number, and a way to understand what i committed to in 2017.

i cast liberation spells down my arms – “all that you touch you change, all that you change changes you, the only lasting truth is change, god is change”, and “the only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion”.

butler and camus. i am in a lineage of writer warriors.

i got a black band around my left arm, my heart arm, for my commitment to black liberation.

i got four creatures on my body, emergent strategy teachers.

unapologetically big, gentle, familial, communal, fiercely defensive creatures on my arms: my cow, my elephant.

under my right ear, my octopus, an alien-on-earth teaching me to hold a lot easily with many arms and be flexible for the sake of freedom.

under my left ear, a turtle telling me slower, slower, even slower.

grateful to Vanessa Reynolds for these body transformations. already scheming on 2018 ink and commitments.

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Author: Adrienne

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): The Indian activist Gandhi led many peaceful rebellions against oppressive governments, first in South Africa and later in British-controlled India. At first he called his strategy "passive resistance," but later disavowed that term because it had negative implications. He ultimately chose the Sanskrit word satyagraha, meaning "love force" or "truth force." "Truth ('satya') implies love," he said, "and firmness ('agraha') is a synonym for force. 'Satyagraha' is thus the force which is born of truth and love." According to my reading of the astrological omens, Virgo, satyagraha should be your word of power in the coming weeks. Your uprising against the forces of darkness has got to do more than say "no." A fierce, primal yes should be at the heart of your crusade.

One thought on “2017: a review in tattoos”

  1. These are beautiful & inspiring 🙂 i find so many words helpful but always hesitant to tattoo them because their meaning might change, love the Butler quote that speaks to unchanging change! thank you!

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