Here’s an excerpt of the third story in our series “For the Love of Tattooing, the Transformative Tattoo”, that we are presenting with our good friends over at openoureyes.org. To learn more about this series, check out our introduction blog here. We hope you enjoy!
“…tattooing can serve to heal, to empowering, and to promote body acceptance and self-esteem.” (1)
“With a positive or healthy body image, a woman has a real perception of her size and shape. She also feels comfortable with her body. With a negative body image, a woman has a distorted perception of her shape and size, compares her body to others, and feels shame and anxiety about her body. Being unhappy with your body can affect how you think and feel about yourself as a person. A poor body image can lead to emotional distress, low self-esteem, unhealthy dieting habits, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Developing a positive body image and a healthy mental attitude is crucial to a woman’s happiness and wellness.” (2)
A few years ago I was fortunate enough to tattoo an awesome guy named Dayton. Dayton is one of the most positive, easy going people I have ever tattooed. The whole experience was easy and positive, and during that time, he told me about his wife Leigh. Dayton is soft spoken, and doesn’t talk just to fill the air, so when he does, he has something to say. From everything Dayton told me, Leigh was strong, out spoken, and confident. She set up a consultation with me, and I was able to experience it in person. She had a viewpoint on tattooing that treated it as sacred and empowering, leaving her to be incredibly encouraging and respectful of me and the process of tattooing as a whole. They are definitely the clients that you dream of, the kind that leave you feeling even better than you did at the beginning of the appointment. The more I talked to her, the more I learned that this confidence I saw before me was created by her own recent reclaiming of her body and her body image. I was amazed to learn how she had taken control of her life, and decided she wanted to be happy, and that she wanted change. Tattoos were a part of that change, making me feel grateful and fortunate to get to take part in this woman creating a strong image for herself, one that has influenced more people that she will probably ever know. Click here to read Leigh telling her story, about where she was, and the power she decided to take back.