...in my boxers...
I just lost my entire message, so I'll be briefer this time.
Hi, memina. Good question.... I like the thought of why, more so then how or what. I too am going to go get a tattoo (begin with one, and all) in a few months. Tattoo's to me are a reminder of what and who I am; I'll have them not for other's sake, but purely for myself, a lifelong tribute to what I perhaps once was or always will be. My understanding of my identity is always changing, so it's good I have a few months.
On my right pec, although overly used, I want a pair of hands clasped in prayer, because not only is faith a crucial, vital part of my identity. Prayer is, in true biblical Christianity, a foundation and necessary tool. It symbolizes a great many other things to myself, too personal for here.
The main tattoo I'm sure off is the most expensive, and elaborate one. On my back I am going to get an old English cross, no words, not other images mixed in. The Cross is the cornerstone of the Christian faith, an unchangeable part of the message of the faith, though far from wholly the message. The old English style is one the symbolizes various things, a rustic attachment to past times, a harsh, unforgiving, realistic and possibly painful style.
On my left bicep, a smaller version of the above mentioned cross, though this tattoo might be made null and void by it's father figure (Mr. Back).
On my right bicep, a picture of Tupac Shakur, symbolising a great many things to myself, such as artistic talent, freedom, courage under fire, a realistic understanding of life and death, strength, a raw ability to carry on, vitality, passion, and pain, acceptance of imperfections, but an inability to not work on them. 'THUGLIFE' written in block letters underneath his portrait.
These might possible change, more may likely be added. As life progresses on, I'll have more and different things to paint reminders of to myself, for all to see, though for my eyes only.
"A life unexamined is not worth living."