Tattoo or not to by Kirsten Bett
Image by Gerhard Lipold from Pixabay.
Ever since Crime Reporter Peter R. de Vries was killed in Amsterdam, I have been thinking about the meaning of tattoos, and if I should get one. My main reason for not having a tattoo is my fear of needles. I only started giving blood in my forties after a good friend in the Netherlands had been diagnosed with leukaemia. Living in New Zealand at the time, I was guttered I could do so little to help so I decided to go give blood. In theory that blood could have gone to people with leukaemia over there.
But I do love tats and all the mystery and history behind them. Peter R de Vries had an impressive one: 'On bended knee is no way to be free.' He lived by this conviction and refused police protection. He was a super hero, standing by the loved ones of murder victims and often getting cold cases back into the spotlight, and solved.
It is very sad that Peter R de Vries is dead. His family posted a death notice for him filling a newspaper page. The top lines started with the words on his tattoo. I hope the family could take strength from those words. He was was one of a kind and will be sorely missed.
After seeing a news item on lasered tattoos last week, I am still not getting a tattoo. But I am still wondering what I would have used for a tattoo. I think would have to be the spiral. I have always loved this symbol, from the first time I set eyes on it. I used to always doodle spirals before I moved on to cats, who often still get spirals on their fur.
I like the energy that radiates from the symbol, so much can be said about it. For me it represents constant renewal, growth, moving, and learning. I have read online that it can also mean rebirth, and that it has existed since time began. Now I am writing so often, I also see how it could symbolise the developing of a book, or you as a writer.
What do you think? Do you feel a strong connection with certain symbols? Did you get a tattoo?
Please let me know.