After my Kids yoga teacher training in Brighton at the end of April last year (2016), the friend I was staying with encouraged me to get a tattoo with her. It is both a symbol of our friendship and celebrating the completion of my first teacher training, I opted for a honey bee for many reasons. It was also a tester tattoo to see how I handled the pain because I knew that the main tattoo I really wanted was a dream catcher designed by myself and that is eventually going on my back somewhere.
This new tattoo is an extension of the honey bee because the bee kind of looked a little lost on my wrist. Another reason for this tattoo is in celebration of finishing my TEFL teacher training. This TEFL teacher training is very important, most people know that teaching yoga is not always a lucrative career, it can be, but it depends on many factors in order for you to thrive solely as a yoga teacher and so training to be a TEFL teacher will hopefully provide me with a comfortable income and both teaching jobs will feel really rewarding! It is the reason why I chose Wild Flowers; they represent freedom and beautiful chaos, they don’t conform to specific structures like other plants, they grow how they please and you see them dancing together in vast meadows.
I am a wild flower and for many years I’ve been growing for too long, near those who have attempted to make me sit in a row and be just like them. I can only ever be me. This tattoo also symbolizes a Japanese proverb I love and very much agree with:
Experience the beauty of nature, learn about yourself.
Other people have likened me to a wild flower because I am free spirited and a little bit hardy, I’m feminine but I don’t need to be preened or fussed over and I’ve grown up being taught to be very independent, meaning whilst I am loving and sociable I am also my own person, my relationships do not define me, my lover has no control over me. To coexist with me, people need to respect my wild and quirky nature.
The tattoo includes a poppy, bluebells and a feather. Poppies represent beauty, success and dreams in cultures around the world, whilst the bluebell (one of my star signs flowers) represent everlasting love, gratitude and devotion. The feather once again means freedom, limitlessness, inspiration and the element air (which is Libra’s element). So you see everything I do is with deep meaning, therefore I will not regret my tattoos or piercings. They are picture symbols that are symbolic of me.
This tattoo also reminds me of my favourite film Practical Magic which involves two witch sister and their aunts, living in this beautiful white house full of plants, herbs and magical books. I definitely feel more in tune with my witchyness every time I look at my wild flowers.
Another reason why I got this tattoo and want more is because I’m a tribal fusion belly dancer, it feels right to be adorned with tattoos and I am very much drawn to ancient cultural beliefs of sacred tattooing to mark a right of passage, as a form of protection, for beauty, to show which tribe you belong to, to show your status, for medicinal reasons and so much more. In ancient history there were holy women/temple priestesses who were decorated with tattoos and practiced sacred dancing, I find that incredibly beautiful that these women existed.
And lastly, as a joke I tell people my bee was hungry so I gave her some wild flowers from which she can feed from and retrieve the sweet nectar.
The next tattoo I hope to have done is of a mermaid holding a rose to represent my alter-ego and the fourth and final tattoo will be the dream catcher with a Thomas Hardy quote.
This wild flower tattoo was designed by the lovely Ella Bell at Dust’N’Bones tattoo studio. Her work is beautifully witchy and botanical. I trusted her so much that I gave her total artistic freedom for the creation of this tattoo and she did not disappoint. Ella is a truly remarkable artist.