I got my very first tattoo as part of Episode 4 for The Hollywood Beauty Detective, Body Modification. I never wanted a tattoo. Truthfully, I never really thought about tattoos. It’s not that I was against them – I just never had a feeling about them one way or the other. They were just tattoos. Until Episode 4.
I wrote the episode and as part of it I thought it would be an interesting take if I actually got a tattoo. I liked the idea of it for the episode. But it created lots of planning and discussions from my team: Should we film it? Should we fake it? What if it gets infected? Do you really even want a tattoo?
At this point, I really wanted that tattoo.
Prior to the filming of the episode (and the tattoo) I looked at various choices. I discussed my choices with my 18 year old daughter. Most of what I picked she thought looked stupid.
Me: I think I want to get a rose.
Her: No, that’s dumb.
Her: Because, why get it? It’s just a rose. Get a tattoo that means something. It’s your body.
And of course, she was right.
On the day of the shoot I told my tattoo artist and episode guest, Melany Meza-Dierks, that I wanted a tattoo of a tiny trench coat, on my right leg, near my ankle. I wanted it to remind me of The Hollywood Beauty Detective and everything that went into creating it. I wanted to be able to look at it everyday.
I understand that getting a tiny little trench coat tattoo doesn’t exactly make me a Maori warrior, but it was an amazing experience and I discovered a few things:
- It’s personal. It’s really personal and what you choose as your tattoo should mean something – to you. It doesn’t matter what other people think, as long as it resonates with you.
- It hurts more than a sting. That was what people would say to me, “It’s like a sunburn! Just a little sting!” Okay…it is nothing like a sunburn and it doesn’t just sting. It kind of hurts.
- I felt really empowered! In a society that tells us how to look, this felt like I was taking my power back and making my own choices about my body.
- I felt like a badass!!! Seriously! It was really cool and I felt like I had done something so off the charts (for me).
- I love my tattoo, I love when I see it on my ankle, I love how it looks with heels, and I want another one. I actually wanted another one almost immediately. I haven’t done it yet, but I have it picked out already – a semicolon. Meaning; to be continued
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