black band on flesh

last summer i started wearing a black cloth band around my arm as a sign of continuous black grief and resistance.

over the year i felt the commitment spread through and over me until i was mostly wearing black in my clothing. it made me feel aware, spiritually protected, connected to my life’s work.

as i’ve slowly returned to the bright colors and patterns of happy style, i have needed to feel that band in my flesh. today my friend Vanessa, an incredible creator and black queer tattoo artist, put it on my body. ?