Boys will be boys
Turned out better than expected :) This is on my upper left forearm. We had to make a few changes because my initial idea turned out being way better in my head than as a tattoo haha So the artist kept the three elements I wanted and made this beautiful piece. I’m in love. Took 1hr and 15min—my longest session yet! Half sleeve coming by November ;)
In other news, I’m SO excited for my tattoo I’m finally getting on Friday. It’s been long overdue.
It has multiple meanings but I’ll give you a bit of a run down: it’ll be on my left forearm. Grayscale. A silhouette of a mountain range will wrap around my arm, “pura vida” will be written vertically down on the front, and “222” will be written the same way on the back.
"Pura vida" is in reference to my volunteer trip to Costa Rica in 2012. It’s the country’s slogan, and also a common way people said "hi" to each other. I’ll come back to it’s double meaning in a second.
The mountains have a bunch of significant meanings: 1) Literally speaking, the two most profound spiritual experiences I had in the country occurred on a mountain. The first was a 5-hour pilgrimage I took during the country’s national holiday where tradition calls all those who believe to travel to their sacred church where the miracle of “la negrita” supposedly occurred. The second was when I lived on the country’s tallest mountain, I was praying deeply for a lot of issues that were going on back home, while I was laying on a hammock in the middle of my homestay’s coffee plantation. In both incidences, I felt God’ presence in the most overwhelming, beautiful way. 2) Biblically speaking, mountains are references to being physically “closer to God” and thus feeling his presence stronger. Many times in the bible, God reveals himself on top of a mountain, and even the transfiguration of Jesus occurs on a mountain. Etc. 3) Metaphorically, my whole spiritual experience in Costa Rica, and as it continues today, feels as difficult as “moving mountains” per say, which my faith is the active ingredient.
Leaking off this “mountain” theme, the “222” is in reference to Genesis 22:2. “Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” This sums up my most recent spiritual experience and the foundation of my current growth. This particular scripture is about loving God above all else, and truly, truly stripping any idolatry you’re enslaved to. In this case, God wants to make sure Abraham isn’t putting the love of his son above God, that his peace and happiness isn’t contingent on the existence of his child but that God’s love is enough. Understanding this concept of “conterfeit gods” has been and continues to be the most liberating experience. And this scripture perfectly sums up how obedience to God can achieve this liberation from the empty promises of manmade idols.
And to circle back to “pura vida”…it’s translation of “pure life” emphasizes my understanding of myself as a believer…living a pure, obedient life and witnessing the miracles and mysteries unfold right before me as I do so.
I can’t wait to get this done. It’s going to not only be a cherry on top of my Costa Rica trip, but it will serve as a reminder to hold myself accountable with not pursuing idols but instead, th sanctification of Christ. :) God is good.
Finally back home!
Goodness me, what an emotional week. To witness my sister/best friend get married was the best experience ever. She was the most beautiful bride and it was the most perfect ceremony. So picturesque and ideal—pictures coming as soon as the photographer sends them!
Can’t wait to share :)