My Tattoos

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”
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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“Dragon Rose”
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, s
ugar 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.

Bat Under-boop Tattoo

There it is: my brand new “bat underboob tattoo”. And I just think it’s absofreakinglutely awesome. ?

Every tattoo on my body has a specific meaning to it and each one was carefully thought out. Although you may not expect it, the same is true for my latest “bat underboob tattoo”.

I just LOVE bats. ? They are cute and a bit scary at the same time. And they remind me of vampires, my favorite scary creatures. But that’s another story. ?

Let’s face it, bats have a bad reputation. Bats have long been associated with mystery, evil, death, and the supernatural. But their spooky reputation doesn’t match reality: bats are fascinating! And quite a few species (there are over 1,000 different species) actually can be pretty darn cute too. 

Some interesting bat facts: 

  • Bats are the only mammals able to fly. Their taxonomic order, Chiroptera, means “hand-wing.”
  • Many bats can use their ears to navigate. They make high-pitched sounds and listen for the echoes to identify obstacles and insects. 
  • Most bats eat insects or plants, often getting their nutrients from flies, beetles, nectar or fruit. That diet means bats play a key role in our food system: They protect crops by keeping insect populations in check, and help pollinate or spread the seeds of figs, cashews, mangoes and more.
  • Their guano (bat poop) is good for our gardens. Or can be used to make gun powder.
  • Bats are actually quite clean, grooming themselves just like cats do.

I must confess I couldn’t think of a better day for getting this awesome tattoo than on Halloween, because of bats are a natural symbol of Halloween. One theory for the link between bats and Halloween has to do with the festival of Samhain. When the Celts celebrated the end of the harvest on October 31, they would light bonfires to keep evil spirits at bay. This practice would attract insects and, in turn, bats.

Flying Bats Tattoo

I got a new tattoo today and I am definitely loving it! I have always wanted to get a tattoo on my feet and I have always had a fascination with bats. Bats may have a creepy reputation, but they are actually kind of cute. Their small pointy ears, curious bright eyes, and tiny puppy-like noses make them incredibly adorable.

Bats are often associated with vampires. Perhaps because of there is a subfamily of bats called “Desmodontinae” (vampire bats), which are parasites that drink blood of warmblooded animals. Anyway, this idea was made concrete when Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) depicted vampires shape-shifting into bats. And, because of vampires have always (and probably will always) be my favorite supernatural creatures, I couldn’t think of a more applicable tattoo. 

Like almost all of my tattoos, I have gotten this tattoo done by Double D Tattoo in Leerdam. Daniël is a really good artist. His work is the best around. Can’t wait to go back for more! I still have an enormous bucket list that will probably take some years to complete. So, 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.

 

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