getting ready

May 22, 2007  |  journal entries

I think this will be the bird tattoo on my left shoulder, this summer. Or it will be something quite similar to this. I also want a red balloon (for an anti-oppression symbol) on the inside of my right ankle, and a white star (an old queer signal) on my right wrist. But. One at a time.

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5 Comments


  1. I've never seen a white tatoo before. It's lovely (something i don't often say of tatoos). The simplicity of the birds is very nice as well.

  2. Is the white star tattoo just a general queer thing? I have a blue star on my wrist as a symbol of butchness, but haven't heard of the white star…hmm.

  3. cass: I don't think the "white" is the symbol part, but the star is an old symbol yes. I have heard of it being blue (I think Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold has a description of the blue star?) or black, on either wrist, underside or on top. seems like there's a lot of variation in the symbol. I just LOVE white tattoos (especially on white people) and placed somewhere as obvious as the wrist I'd want it to be in a less-obvious color.

  4. I was thinking about a similar scattering of birds on my shoulder, but I might stick to my original idea of the Erin McKeown bird. My only worry there is that I’m not a huge fan of her music, though I do like it, and don’t want the tattoo to see like a fan thing. So then I was just thinking of doing bird silhouettes kind of like you posted, so I can add little ones in color one day, maybe for my partner and even kids.

    Funny that you want a red balloon. I’ve wanted a blue balloon for a long time too, because when a friend committed suicide we sent blue balloons into the sky with letters attached for him!

    I’m in the city June 7th until the 10th, but I don’t know that I’ll have to time to wander off and get a tattoo since the conference is pretty packed…

  5. gorgeous birds. my little friends, they are.

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