About this tattoo
Two years ago I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism which severely altered my hormones, and I fell into a deep depression. It affected my work, finances, and friendships. I spent a lot of time at home reading and browsing the Internet for a solution that did not require pills or hospitals. I tried holistic doctors, changing my diet (not that I was eating much anyway), and nothing was helping. I was down 30 pounds from my normal weight, and every time someone said “Wow, you look great!” I wanted to cry. I picked up an issue of Inked Mag before a flight to Texas to visit an old friend, hoping the trip would help clear my head. I saw a photo of a beautiful traditional back piece done on a woman, and I knew right away what I wanted to do. The Octopus represented resilience, love, and independence. The ability to be alone, but also possess a maternal love for family and friends. Over the next few months I had about 6 sessions where I would lay for 2-3 hours at a time until it was finally finished. I looked forward to my appointments, and for the first time in awhile I could feel happiness again. I was so proud of the work he did, and how it looked on me. I felt confident, sexy, and best of all I noticed a slow change in my mood. I truly believe that the commitment I made in getting this tattoo sparked something inside me. Something that made me realize that life is too short to be sad, and LIVING is more than just breathing. Living is taking chances, and doing whatever the hell makes you HAPPY. Even if friends and family “just don’t get it”.