My tattoos are art. They mean something to me. It is my way of expressing myself and although they do not define who I am as a person, they offer an view into me and my past; the events, people and experiences that have shaped me into the woman I am today.
I have a red heart on the inside of my right elbow with a piece missing in the shape of a puzzle piece. My son has a little red puzzle piece tattooed on the inside of his right elbow. He has a piece of my heart with him always.
I have flowers and vines with my son's name across my lower back. The significance for me is growth. I got clean and sober not to long before I got this tattoo and it symbolizes new growth and commitment to helping my son grow into a man. That was over 16 years ago and I haven't used since.
A pair of stars with flames inside of them on the inside of each of my forearms. This shows that fiery path of destruction that I chose to get out of; my using days and how I will never choose that hell again.