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I believe words can be powerful no matter where they're found, whether in books, music or on the walls of the city you love. With that in mind, here are a couple of my tattoos and the little stories behind them. Apologies in advance for the length of the stories :)



I moved to Amsterdam from England in August 2010 to study for a masters degree. My grandmother was Dutch and I quickly found that I was utterly in love with her birthplace. I've spent almost 10 months in awe of my surroundings, the gezellig (cosy) atmosphere and the warm people I've met. However, it hasn't been an easy ride. A couple of days after I arrived, I got news that my best friend of 15 years had fallen from a roof in Thailand and died whilst indulging in his hobby of urban exploring. A couple of months later, my partner of 8 years left me because he couldn't handle the distance. It's been emotional, to say the least. One of my favourite things to do here is spot the work of Amsterdam graffiti artist Laser 3.14 (http://laser314.blogspot.com). I kept walking past a certain piece that both reminded me of the adventurous spirit of my best friend and of my own determination to get through this year in one piece. I decided to get it tattooed here in Amsterdam before my departure in June and here it is:




Here's a photograph of James, my best friend, doing what he loved and trying to soar towards the sun in his own way:



The second tattoo I'll show you is born of my long time love for the words of Jim Morrison. I found the music of the Doors at the age of twelve and it's formed the soundtrack to my life ever since. I got to see the remaining Doors play with Ian Astbury on my 26th birthday. I closed my eyes when this song was playing and gave myself up to the shamanic rhythm whilst at the same time, all I could envision was a floating white feather. Hippyish, I know, but the imagination is a wonderful thing. This quote sums up my relationship with music. One of my close friends designed it, the font is her doing:


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On May 14th, 2011 09:21 am (UTC), oksana_slk commented:
Very nice!
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On May 14th, 2011 09:26 am (UTC), midnight_moon replied:
Thank you :)
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On May 14th, 2011 09:22 am (UTC), booksforfood commented:
These are both beautiful, both in looks and the meaning behind them.
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On May 14th, 2011 09:30 am (UTC), midnight_moon replied:
I'm glad you like them :)
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On May 14th, 2011 09:43 am (UTC), prophetsong commented:
Beautiful. Thanks for sharing x
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On May 14th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC), zagzagael commented:
Really wonderful.
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On May 14th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC), killertatertots commented:
i love that first one so much it hurts.
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On May 14th, 2011 04:40 pm (UTC), theironchocho commented:
Beautiful work! The Icarus line is so inspiring.
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On May 14th, 2011 10:13 pm (UTC), 12dozenroses commented:
Wow.

My chest tightened up reading the first tattoo before I even read the backstory. I'm so sorry for your loss, I can only imagine the pain of losing those two people in different ways and so close to each other.

So beautiful.
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On May 15th, 2011 07:50 pm (UTC), whatifoundthere commented:
I was startled when I clicked through to the laser314 site because the artist's handwriting reminds me so much of this piece of graffiti I saw in Rome some five years ago. After a bit of squinting, I came to the conclusion that it's not the same artist -- the letter G is different, the I's aren't dotted, and it seems like 314 prefers to sign his/her work anyway. But it still forcefully brought back a fond memory for me :)
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On May 15th, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC), whatifoundthere commented:
I was startled when I clicked through to the laser314 site because the artist's handwriting reminds me so much of this piece of graffiti I saw in Rome some five years ago. After a bit of squinting, I came to the conclusion that it's not the same artist -- the letter G is different, the I's aren't dotted, and it seems like 314 prefers to sign his/her work anyway. But it still forcefully brought back a fond memory for me :)
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On May 16th, 2011 07:54 pm (UTC), snufkin21 commented:
Thanks so much for sharing this story, I really am sorry for your loss. I love your tatts, especially the first.

I live in Sheffield in the UK, and about a year ago I had a truly soul destroying job in an office in the city centre. Every morning on my bus ride into town, I would pass the same piece of Kid Acne graffiti along the side of a wall- "Everyone's a winner, you can't go wrong". I can't really explain why it resonated so much with me, but it always used to cheer me up and make the day pass a little quicker :>. Thanks, this post totally reminded me of those days!
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On May 17th, 2011 02:53 am (UTC), kerithehobbit commented:
I love your tattoos! Especially the first one!
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