Inked Girls: Naeun Cha
Myself in a sentence: I am a silent but deadly unicorn.
The design and themes of my tattoos: I can't really describe my tattoos as one kind. All the art on my body is from different themes and cultures. That's just the type of person I am. I am a Korean-American. I was born in Korea but raise in America but with Korean culture. I know the best of both worlds! So I've fused the different styles I've seen through out my life and I've picked out what was my favorite and inked it on my body.
More specifics about my tattoo: I had never intended to do so, but as my tattoo collection has grown I've started to realize all of the tattoos on the right side of my body are about my family and all of the tattoos on the left side of my body are about me. The 3 roses signifying the 3 family members in my family (my father, mother and myself), "family" and my parents name in olden Korean, and my "redemption" tattoo are all on the right side of my body. My left side has my unfinished mandala lotus half sleeve that I'm working on, which means to me that I've started a new chapter in my life, that I've finally figured out who I am. I also have a diamond ring on my left ring finger, because I love myself! And I plan on getting a compass somewhere on my left arm for finally having some kind of direction in my life, and it feels awesome to have that.
My favorite tattoo and the story behind it: My redemption tattoo on my collar. I got it when I was 17/18 because at the time I was outgrowing one of my darkest moments of my life. I was seeking redemption from my sins and redemption from my parents that I have hurt along the way. I wasn't fully quite sure how I was get their redemption from me, but I knew that was what I wanted. It was my second tattoo I have ever gotten. I ended up scratching it during healing and now the "re" part of the tattoo has become smudged and sometimes unreadable. But the funny thing is, I love it that way. It's my own imperfect redemption. I have finally gotten my redemption with my life and my parents. It wasn't perfect along the way, there were a lot of obstacles that I did not know I would ever overcome. But here I am, proud and strong, and with my parents right along side me... Proud. The look on their proud faces is the redemption that I've always wanted.
My next tattoo: I want a scorpion behind my ear to cover up the lame stars I have behind my ears. I now want my tattoos to have some kind of meaning behind them. I'm born November 19, I'm a Scorpio. It would be bad-ass to have a scorpion tattoo. It makes sense.