My first and probably only tattoo…
I thought about having it for around two years. Then things happened very quickly. Drove to a tattoo studio I found online on a Thursday afternoon, got it the next day.
But what exactly does it mean?
For me it has more than one meaning. It is a promise to myself.
#1 – The Alchemy symbol for „air“.
Air represents freedom, independence. In Germany you will find the phrases „frei wie der Wind“ (literally „free as the wind“) and „wohin der Wind uns/dich/mich weht/trägt“ („whereever the wind will take us/you/me“). I want to stay free in my choices and thoughts and be myself every single day of my life. I would also like to see where the wind will take me to.
#2 – Explore and Transcend
The design studio Eight Hour Day created glyph symbols with individual meanings.
The symbol for air – as shown above – represents the action „transcend“. Nearly the same glyph with the protruding edges of the middle bar cut off stands for the action „explore“.
I want to explore the world. Travel to as much countries as I am able to and learn about the culture and languages. I want to transcend my experience.
#3 – Thirty Seconds to Mars
The final symbol I got tattooed is one of the Thirty Seconds to Mars symbols – the triad.
I cannot exactly describe how the music changed me. But I am more at ease. Listening to the songs can help me to balance my emotions, leaving me emotionally satisfied. And I do really, really want to thank Tomo, Shannon and Jared for that!
Finally my tattoo is a combination of all of the above and my daily reminder. The day will come when I am too old to live anymore and then I want to reflect on my life seeing I kept my promises – saw the world, learnt about cultures and languages, was at ease with my emotions – and the most important of all: WAS MYSELF.
And that is was my tattoo means to me.