I got this wildflower + sunflower tattoo as a reminder that in the same way wildflowers grow despite the odds being against them, so I can grow too. Through dirt and mountainsides and meadows and sidewalks; these beautiful creations spring up. I am reminded by this beautiful piece of art that no matter how dark the night may get, or no matter how many things come against me, there will be beauty and color and life. There will be growth and progress. The sunflowers are for my grandmothers: women whose blood is in my veins, women who believe that I have a story still being written. Having the reminder of my grandmothers keeps the dream alive in me of
Motherhood and grand motherhood. I am reminded that there are children who will call me “mama” and for that reason alone I must choose to keep going, to fight depression, to believe all the messy and ugly things will become beautiful again. At the time of this tattoo, I was struggling in more ways than I can recall: broke, lost, weary, unmotivated, handling heartache at the loss of some dreams, etc. but my tattoo artist, Chip Harbin at SafeHouse tattoo Nashville, TN spoke so much life over me. I see that night as a turning point: I had things to accomplish and people to love on and places to go. It’s impossible for me to look at this tattoo and not feel blessed and reminded of my purpose.
Photo Source: Hannah Salsberry
For the Love of Tattooing is a project in collaboration with Serpents of Bienville