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How many tattoos I have and what do they mean?

Updated: Apr 20, 2020

They say, "once you get your first tattoo, you never stop". I don't know if it's true or not that I will never stop, but it kinda feels like so far! I have a total of 7 tattoos and counting... Today I'm sharing what's the meaning behind them, where did I get them done and who is the artist who created these pieces of art on my body.




#1 "Dream out loud"



This was my first tattoo. I still remember how scared I was to get my first tattoo back in November 2015. But at the same time, I was very excited. This is a little reminder that dreams always come true if I really want to. Dreams can become a reality if I put out there what’s on my mind. When I got this tattoo, I was living in the USA for a year and a half. It was when I felt I finally was living my dream of living in “The city of dreams“: New York City.


I got this tattoo in Monterrey, Mexico. The studio is called Ritual Tatuajes & Perforaciones.

https://www.instagram.com/ritualtattooshop/


#2 The apostrophes



I got this tattoo at the same time I got the "Dream Out Loud" one. This represents the bachelor's degree I studied in college, Linguistics. I’m passionate about phonetics, grammar and everything about languages. So this is just a little tribute to the career I studied for 5 years back in Mexico.


I got this tattoo in Monterrey, Mexico. The studio is called Ritual Tatuajes & Perforaciones.

https://www.instagram.com/ritualtattooshop/


#3 "Aladdin Sane" lighting



This one (hopefully) does not need an explanation. Back in 2017, I was obsessed with David Bowie so I decided to get the lightning he is wearing on his face on the Aladdin Sane album. He still is one of my favorite artists of all time, and I remember when he passed away in January 2016, I visited the outside of his apartment in NYC to leave some flowers and a candle. So later, as a tribute for him, I got this tattoo on my wrist.


I got this tattoo in Monterrey, Mexico. The studio is called Ritual Tatuajes & Perforaciones.

https://www.instagram.com/ritualtattooshop/


#4 The cactus



As some of you know, I was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. It's a city located in the northeast of Mexico, which is basically a desertic area. There are lots of cactus along the highways and the cactus has been always a very representative plant from Mexico. So this tattoo represents my roots and where I come from.


I got this tattoo in Monterrey, Mexico. The studio is called Ritual Tatuajes & Perforaciones.

https://www.instagram.com/ritualtattooshop/

My tattoo artist:

Tino


#5 La Danse by Matisse



When I first visited the MoMA (The Museum of Modern Art) in NYC, I remember the painting that made a bigger impact on me, was La Danse by Henri Matisse. I remember I stared at it for around 30 minutes. I really liked the painting since it reminded me of when I was in the contemporary dance workshop back in college and how happy those classes made me. I found this dainty painting design in the book "the sun and her flowers" by Rupi Kaur.


I got this tattoo in Monterrey, Mexico. The studio is called Ritual Tatuajes & Perforaciones.

https://www.instagram.com/ritualtattooshop/

My tattoo artist:

Tino


#6 The Thai Plumeria




My trip to Thailand in November 2018 has probably the best trip I have done so far! I have so many crazy stories from this trip, I met so many great people and I have so many great memories I will never forget. To remember that trip, I got this little plumeria tattoo on my wrist, a Native Thai flower.


I got this tattoo in Monterrey, Mexico. The studio is called Ritual Tatuajes & Perforaciones.

https://www.instagram.com/ritualtattooshop/

My tattoo artist:

Tino


#7 The Lavender Stems



When I was a kid, my mom used to have a little lavender sachet, since then, the smell of lavender reminds me of my mom and that moment of childhood. It’s crazy how that simple smell transports me there! Now, I’m lavender obsessed and have tons of lavender items at home. For that reason, I got this lavender steam tattoo on my arm.


I got this tattoo in Mexico City in November 2019. Here I leave the contact details in case you want to reach out to them for your tattoo.


Empty Project Studio

https://www.instagram.com/empty.projectmx/

Tattoo Artist: Sotunia

https://www.instagram.com/soturnia/


Tattoos are not only permanent markings on the skin made by way of ink and needles. Whether it be a memorial piece or one that expresses interests, hobbies, or even love themes, tattoos are rich in cultural history. I love every single one of my tattoos and I might have the next one in mind. 🙈


Let me know in the comments below if you have any tattoos or your thoughts about them! And remember, never judge the book by its cover! There always something deeper and meaningful behind these “drawings” on our skin.



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