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My new tattoo

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I got a new tattoo on Friday. The design was taken from the left arm of the so-called Altai Princess (Google her). She was a young Siberian woman of influence and power, probably a priest or shaman of some kind. She was covered in animal tattoos. My DNA reveals that my bloodline passed through that area, and if I may wax very woo and witchy, my reaction on seeing the design for the first time makes me wonder if she was a relative. When I first saw the deer, I felt as if someone had hit me in the stomach with a sledgehammer.

I got the tattoo at Last Days Tattoo in Ocean Beach, who has done most of Ryan's work. Since Ryan's last tat was an elaborate "murder of crows", I decided to go with that recommendation. Yes, it hurt, but Eric is a real pro and I was able to meditate through the worst of it. At some points, I actually forgot I was being stabbed by a bazillion tiny needles.

A Siberian shamaness not of the same ethnic group as the Princess has said that in time, the meanings of her tattoos will be understood. I am deeply moved to participate in the spiritual life of this woman.

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lucy_indisguise
Dec. 14th, 2013 03:59 pm (UTC)
neat tat and more power to you. I have a niece that does them, but I just can't get the nerve
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