When you are so excited to get both biceps blasted, you can't put your arms down. #foursup
As most of you know, I am currently going through the traditional Texas National Guard state OCS program as an 09S (Officer Candidate). As some of you may not know, is that I left active duty in 2013, and after some time as a civilian, decided to reenlist into the National Guard on my birthday last year, after almost a 6-year break in service.
Why I decided to come back in is another post in itself, but for this post, I wanted to highlight this tattoo journey. When I stepped into @spiritualjourneytattoo
shop on Monday, I went to @sjtattoo_zel
with a completely different idea than what I had initially thought. "Strength and fire" is all I said since I knew that traditionally this can translate into various motifs.
I've been working with Zel and Elle of Spiritual Journey for almost 16 years. They have designed and/or tattooed me over the last 16 years, so when I tell them what I want the concept to be, I trust that they will hook it up. The tattoo gets drawn, and we are ready to go. By the end of the second bicep, I was starting to feel it but knew that Zel's super light hands would get it knocked out as fast as humanly possible.
After both arms are done, Elle starts going over what each of the motifs means. I won't explain each one, but one in particular that unintentionally strongly relates to my OCS journey are the snakeheads. This pattern is a warrior motif that represents our ancestors together. They are hissing the whispers of my ancestors so that I don't get lost in the forest. Can you say coincidink?! They better be hissing loud AF during my land nav test in the woods, that's all I'm saying!
Alright, this post is super long already — the end. #coincidenceithinknot #helpthelt