|—||Hilma Wolitzer (via thiscommonplacebook)|
From the Prehispanic Mexican screen fold book known as the Codex Borgia: Tezcatlipoca (god of gods, smoking mirror, enemy from both sides) at top; Ehecatl (Quetzalcoatl in his wind god aspect) in middle; entry to the first ritual enclosure at bottom. Because I’m a Mexican-American, and no one realizes it…
"Bled to be Free" - a song title and lyric by the band who changed my life forever, RX Bandits. They helped me realize that all of my sufferings and struggles in life have helped me grow into the free spirit I was destined to be.
"If you never gonna fall, how you gonna learn to fly?
We’ve bled indecision if they only knew
Hands lost their hold, eyes rained goodbye
Our hands are untied now, these games finalized
Bled to be free, bled so foolish
Been cut to pieces, there’s little left inside
Oh, how I loved her, how I loved her so…
But love will grow swiftly, just don’t let it die”
For my 20th Birthday, I went to get this done at a tattoo parlor. I had wanted this tattoo for two years now, but didn’t have the courage until now. The symbol and the quote are from Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events. Its on my inner left ankle like Count Olaf’s tattoo. The reason why the series is so important to me is because when I was a kid I had a hard time reading to the point that I was almost put in special education. I was constantly put in the lower reading classes. Then after reading the whole series and was hooked, my reading improve so much that for the rest of my primary education I was put in advance reading classes.
My husband is a tattoo artist in our hometown of Morganton, NC and is the owner of Heavy Metal Tattoo and Piercing. He did this tattoo on me in August of 2011. Harry Potter has been my life since I started reading it at the age of 9, in 1999. At 22, I have a three-year-old that is showing interest in it too. This phrase, “the last enemy that shall be destroyed is death”, to me means that you never die as long as there is someone left to remember you. It hits close to home for me for many reasons. I will continue to be a Potterhead for as long as I live. Always.
This is my third tattoo and my first literary tattoos. They are the stars from the corners of each page of the Harry Potter books.
"If you’re a bird I’m a bird." - The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
My second tattoo, down the side of my spine.
Flannery O’Connor feathers and quote. Over my heart, as I am a Southern writer with a penchant for the odd, and carry that with me always.
`Love conquers all, let us too yield to love´-Virgil
The classical latin poem, the Aeneid, was transcribed by vikings into old western norse. The quote you see on my arm was uncovered by archeologists in Norway after an old village burnt down.It suggests that not all viking were mindless thugs and pirates. I love the quote and like to pretend i´m a viking so it is perfect for me.