I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my tattoos and what they mean. Every tattoo on my body has a specific meaning to it (for me) and each one was carefully thought out. Below are the three tattoos that hold the most meaning to me. Each tell my story and serve as a physical reminder of my journey through life.
Almost all of my tattoos were done at Double D Tattoo in Leerdam, The Netherlands, by the talented artist named “Daniël”.
E stands for… well, Elisa, of course! But, in this case, E also stands for Evanescence. As most of you already know the American rock band Evanescence is one of my all-time-favorite bands. I fell in love with the band from the second I heard Amy Lee’s voice. Their debut album ‘Fallen’ is still one of my favorites in my music collection. In fact, this album has helped me cope during a rough time of my life. Which brings me to the meaning of this tattoo. I got this tattoo to find some kind of closure from that bad past, and to symbolize the strength I found to move forward.
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One of my favorite tattoos I have is my “Dragon Rose” tattoo. It was inspired by Anne Stokes‘ “Dragon Beauty”. This has been one my favorite Anne Stokes’ artworks since like forever. Perhaps it’s because she combined three of my favorites in one drawing: there’s just something about dragons – those beautiful and strong mythical creatures – that fascinates me, I just love roses, and purple (or violet) is my favorite color. Although I really love the purple, for my tattoo I choose for a traditional red rose, because of I believe this goes better with my skin tone.
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“Colorful Girly Sugar Skull”
I am fascinated by skulls, and more particularly by sugar skulls. Within the Western culture, skulls usually depict the dark, macabre and gruesome death. However, sugar skulls are a type of traditional art that originated in Mexico to help commemorate Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, a holiday in early November that honors the deceased.
A little lesson in History:
Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) is celebrated in Mexico between October 31st and November 2nd. On this holiday, Mexicans remember and honor their deceased loved ones. It’s not a gloomy or morbid occasion, rather it is a festive and colorful holiday celebrating the lives of those who have passed on. Mexicans visit cemeteries, decorate the graves and spend time there, in the presence of their deceased friends and family members.
Sugar skulls are often used to decorate the gravestones of the deceased. The reason they are called “sugar skulls” is because the authentic sugar skulls were made out of clay molded sugar, decorated with feathers, colored beads, foils and icing. These sugar skulls are very colorful and whimsical, not scary at all.
In terms of meaning, the skull symbolizes death but in a positive manner. In Mexico it is believed that death is not the final stage in one’s life but rather a step forward into a higher level of conscience.
Supposedly the symbolism of a sugar skull is rooted in the decoration around the eyes. Flowers are meant to symbolize life, while cob webs symbolize death. But, as they say diamonds are a girls best friend, for this tattoo there is no better decoration than a a shiny diamond.
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I still have an enormous bucket list that will probably take years to complete. And that means I am definitely getting more tattoos. I will always love my tattoos, because they represent my history, my story, my choices. I will continue to get tattoos that I love, and I will continue to fill my body with little pieces of beauty that make me happy.