Monday, May 10, 2010

Tattoo me


Brownie points if you get that reference...I know Fireblossom will!

After more than six years of debating what to get for a third (and probably final) tattoo, I got this one. I'd show you a real picture but the inside of my ankle is all wrapped up right now.

My two other tattoos are also easily covered. Which is funny, because unknowing people have made comments like, "I can't understand why people get tattoos, can you?"

While I was there the tattoo artist also touched up the star for free. It's the second time that stubborn little star has had to be filled in again.

The new one is in Tibetan characters, which I liked because my Apache ancestors were traced to Tibet.

The meaning:

snying rje

Compassion (snying rje): the wish to free all beings from suffering and the causes of suffering (negatives actions and ignorance). It is complementary with altruistic love (the wish that all beings may find happiness and the causes of happiness), with sympathetic joy (which rejoices of others qualities) and with equanimity which extends the three former attitudes to all beings, whether friends, strangers or enemies.

A good reminder, anyhow.

22 comments:

Ally said...

My friend has Tibetan character tats. They're pretty damn cool!

Oh you have a star tattoo? I've always wanted one, but fear of pain and permanency has kept me tat-less. I wanted it behind my neck. I hear that's a painful place though :(

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LL Cool Joe said...

Cool tat! I have 2 hidden tattoos. You can't get much more hidden than the butt can you?

Senorita said...

Coolness ! You are way braver than I, for sure !

G said...

I think about getting a tattoo from time to time, but usually there are two things that stop me from doing it.

1) wife (you wouldn't believe how long it took me to get her to accept the fact that I was shaving my head, especially since I didn't want my daughter to cut her hair at the time).

2) diabetes.

Lynn said...

Wow - it is beautiful, with a lovely message.

Aliceson said...

I love it! Fits you perfectly!

Joey, really? On the butt? Interesting...

Fireblossom said...

I likes it!

There was this skinny little gal who got a tattoo on her upper arm and it was just some Celtic thing or I don't know what, but it looked so tuff, and made HER look tuff in a very sexy way.

Riot Kitty said...

A: Thanks! Depending on where you get it, it really doesn't hurt that much.
J: Really? Where's the other one?
S: Not brave...just stubborn ;)
G: 1. Totally understand - my dad wanted one forever and his wife said forget about it! 2. Pardon my ignorance, but why does that prohibit one from getting a tattoo?
L: Thanks! It will be more beautiful when it heals :)
A: Thank you...and yeah, I want to know about Joey, too!
F: :)

Ily said...

So fitting! Hope you show us sometime. :)

LOL @ Joey's butt! :D

Logical Libby said...

I like to tell people I have tattoos. I don't. I hate pain. I am lucky I have my ears pierced.

I like the Tibetan.

mac said...

I figure if I didn't get any in the Army, or after years of riding with some pretty rough characters, there's not much sense in getting one now.

I like yours :-)

Riot Kitty said...

I: I will! As soon as it heals up and is pretty :)
L: Thanks! It's actually not so bad - I am a pain wimp.
M: Thanks and LOL!

Cloudia said...

Now you have married that intention to your energy!



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Darth Weasel said...

Ironically, I have never personally gotten the whole ink thing...but you know the Goose has 3 or 4...eh, may not be for me, but more power to you who like them

Riot Kitty said...

Cloudia: Good point! I'd like to have spring anywhere just about now...
Darth: I've only seen the Hello Kitty. Now I am curious about the others!

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Mama Zen said...

Gorgeous symbol! I haven't seen that before.

Shionge said...

You ROCK!!!! I remembered your STAR and hey here in Bali now and everyone is having one :)

Why people have it? Hmmmm...it's an art and more and more people are appreciating it :D

skyewriter said...

Bodhisattva. You are a Bodhi. Period. :).

Riot Kitty said...

MZ, S, Skye: Thanks!

Anil P said...

Even without knowing the meaning the structure looks so well balanced. Serene almost.

Mike_D said...

No tramp stamp? Oh man.....

Just kidding...