I'm not going to claim to be much better. Look closely at this photo, and you'll see one of these kids is doin' her own thing.
|dancin' in a gi|
But to me, this is weak sauce. I, too, have long wanted a jiu jitsu tattoo and have put a lot of thought and planning into what I wanted to get. I have had my design picked out for a whole year (read this blog if you don't believe me). But I refused to take time off the mat in order to heal from a tattoo. So I kept waiting. Ours is a high-impact, contact sport and we get hurt inevitably and frequently. At some point, I knew, I would get hurt enough to make me take some time off rolling. And that is in fact what happened.
I'm not going to say that I'm injured because I have full confidence that my ankle will heal on it's own within a week or two. But, as it turns out, continuing to roll and kickbox with a swollen ankle was not helping it heal...it was actually making it worse. My ankle was getting fatter and was starting to turn some fun, new colors. It was time to face the inevitable. I needed to take at least a week off of rolling....
...which meant that it was finally time to get my tattoo!
|tree of life tattoo|
Here's what the design means:
The Celtic tree of life symbolizes balance, harmony, and strength. I chose it because jiu jitsu is a life long journey. Strength and balance are important in the martial art. Trees grow throughout their lives and sustain creatures around them, which is what I aspire to do in my practice.
The kanji read "jiu jitsu." The white and blue flowers represent my white and blue belts, which I have already received. There are also 3 colorless flowers, which I will fill in purple, brown, and black, in due time, with the said promotions.
What do you think? I, for one, absolutely love it! I give props to TJ at Dogstar Tattoo who did an awesome job.
|my jiu jitsu tattoo|