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For the love of Ink

For the love of Ink

by June 11, 2015

Story & photos by: Taryn Eastwood
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

How many of you have a love and appreciation for body art? I would guess that many of you said, “Of course!” Body art has become very popular and has been a historical tradition for many years. How many of you have more than one tattoo or piercing? Many of you would say yes. I have a total of four tattoos and nine piercings, counting each ear so you all know I am not too crazy with the piercings. But how can one go too crazy with tattoos and piercings? It’s your body, it’s your temple; decorate it however you want and however it expresses the person and soul within you. One of my all time favorite quotes that expresses exactly how many of us feel is “My body is my journal, and my tattoos are my story.” I bet many of you can probably guess who said that! A very famous person for being everything he ever wanted to be. If you said Johnny Depp you would be right. My body is definitely my journal and my story is my tattoos and piercings. It expresses a part of who I am, and what my passions, fears, experiences, and wisdom are.

How many of you have a tattoo of a pin-up girl? Pin-up girl tattoos have grown more in popularity. Most of you have probably watched Ink Master and seen how many times the contestants had to work hard to create a historical and gorgeous pin-up girl to decorate our temple and put a piece of history on us. In the next year or so I will be getting a pin-up girl and a rat rod tattooed on my side.

Each of my tattoos tells a story. I got my first tattoo when I was 17. It’s an open book on my shoulder. I am a writer, so that one is probably pretty easy to figure out. But there is also a deeper meaning behind it. When I open a book, I go into a totally different world. The book consumes me and puts me into the story. I am there; I am in New York with Gatsby at an amazing party dancing my heart out. I am in the 1800s falling in love with Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice. I am always in my story and experiencing it as my own. Books are a part of me and they are a passion of mine as well as writing.

My second tattoo is probably my favorite. It’s a phonograph with a crow and music notes coming out of it. I have always been a huge fan of the 1920s. Music is also one of my passions and always will be. The three elephants on my foot with the quote “One step at a time” stands for how I always take life one step at a time, live for today and never for the past. Last would be the umbrella behind my ear. Why the umbrella? Well, it was one of those tattoos that I did on a dime and thought that umbrellas are beautiful and I love the rain! So it might have not been thought much of, but it still has great meaning.

What are the meanings and stories behind your tattoos and piercings?

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