SHOW AND TELL: Here Be Dragons

“Here be dragons” is a phrase used to denote dangerous or unexplored territories on old maps. The phrase is inspired by ancient mapmakers tradition of putting mythological creatures in the blank parts of maps. For the purpose of my post, here be dragons describes my tattoos. The first tattoo I got was this dragon…

I got this dragon about 17 years ago. The tattoo is almost as old as my relationship with my husband 😉 I went in looking for a small dragon but I fell in love with this one. A dragon it is. Small it isn’t. She measures about 4″ x 7″ and the stars add about an inch in height and 1/2 an inch in width. She reminds me of the dragons from Anne McCaffrey’s books and I had her done in gold just like the female dragons in the books. I had the stars added about 5 years ago and each star represents one of my losses. Since I only know the sex of one of the babies I lost, I told the tattoo artist I wanted one pink star and to pick whatever colors he liked for the rest of them (I still need to add one star). When I get the final star added, I want to add a dragonlet for each of my kids.

My second tattoo is a dragon/dolphin yin yang symbol. I got it at the same time I had the stars added to the dragon tattoo.

I designed this tattoo. It represents the relationship I have with two of my dearest friends. The 3 of us have been to hell and back together and I wanted something that would show that to everyone. I have one more name and symbol I want to incorporate into that tattoo but I haven’t figured out exactly how yet.

My tats may not appeal to everyone but I think they are beautiful and I love the wealth of meaning behind them.


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28 Responses to SHOW AND TELL: Here Be Dragons
  1. T Lee
    August 19, 2009 | 10:24 pm

    I love how meaningful your ink is to you. I think tattooing (when the design is thought out) is one of the most beautiful art forms there is (I have 6 myself).

  2. Delenn
    August 19, 2009 | 10:36 pm

    I love those tattoos and the story with them.

  3. Sandy
    August 19, 2009 | 11:09 pm

    I love dragons. Darin is a comic book artist who draws a lot of fantasy and we also read fantasy and are gamer geeks.

    I am reading The Mists of Avalon, and I love that the priestess of Avalon have a blue crescent tattoo.

    Thanks for sharing! Very cool.

  4. battynurse
    August 20, 2009 | 5:11 am

    Like the tattoos! I have several and am working on planning my next one. Trying to decide what I want. I had a pretty concrete idea of what I wanted but now I’m not sure.

  5. Sheliza
    August 20, 2009 | 7:38 am

    I love your tatts and the meaning behind them!

  6. Jenn
    August 20, 2009 | 8:04 am

    Beautiful tattoos…..and I so love the meaning that goes with each of them. I have a few myself and love them very much! Thank you for sharing!!!

  7. calliope
    August 20, 2009 | 10:07 am

    wow. those are beautiful!
    We should totally do some sort of internet ink tour so everyone can show off their art.
    but yours is lovely!!

  8. WiseGuy
    August 20, 2009 | 10:10 am

    I appreciate the meaning that lies behind those tattoos. And they are magnifique really!

    All ready to see your dragonlets added to the tattoo.

  9. roslynholcomb
    August 20, 2009 | 11:22 am

    I don’t have any ink, but I’ve thought of getting a tattoo to represent my losses as well. I was fortunate enough to have footprints of the last one, and I want to have them made into a tattoo, but I don’t want to deal with any questions about it. I love the idea of the stars, and it would be less likely to cause any questions. It bothers me that my babies are gone, and except for the last one I have no physical manifestation of them at all.

  10. Carolyn
    August 20, 2009 | 1:20 pm

    I love your tattoos. I like they way they represent something in your life that is meaningful to you.

  11. Katie Cupcake
    August 20, 2009 | 1:21 pm

    I think they look great! And the meaning is even more special

  12. Minta
    August 20, 2009 | 1:35 pm

    I love how you’ve incorporated your losses into your body art. Too often it feels like the whole world forgets them, except you, so it helps to have a permanant tribute.

  13. Barb
    August 20, 2009 | 3:16 pm

    That’s what they’re for.. how YOU feel about them. Anyone who gets them strictly to show off is silly.

  14. becomingwhole
    August 20, 2009 | 3:44 pm

    Oooh, I love ’em.

    I love hearing about the meaning behind people’s body art.

    I wrote you an email…if you could read it soon, that would be wonderful. Love ya!

  15. Billy
    August 20, 2009 | 5:39 pm

    Your tattoos are beautiful, and the story behind them makes them ever so more beautiful! [can’t wait to see those two dragonettes].

  16. MrsSpock
    August 20, 2009 | 6:48 pm

    Cool tats! I’m a big lame-o wuss and will never get a tattoo, but I love to hear about the thought and meaning that gets put into someone else’s body art.

  17. HC
    August 20, 2009 | 8:03 pm

    Love the tattoos. They are even more beautiful because you designed them knowing what it represents to you.

  18. Cara
    August 20, 2009 | 8:36 pm

    I can’t believe you have never showed these before!!

    They are gorgeous – like you.

  19. Once A Mother
    August 20, 2009 | 11:04 pm

    i love that there is so much meaning behind your tats, that is what sets them apart from anyone else’s. thanks for sharing

  20. Another Dreamer
    August 20, 2009 | 11:38 pm

    They are absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing them 🙂

  21. Beautiful Mess
    August 21, 2009 | 3:52 am

    Oooohhhh I love em! They are beautiful! Not only the look of them but what they symbolize.

  22. Caragh
    August 21, 2009 | 7:27 am

    I really love both your tat’s and the meaning behind them.
    I have a large portrait of my mum on my leg, it hurt like hell but it was so worth it.

    Thanks for the comment on my blog.


  23. Parenthood For Me
    August 21, 2009 | 9:30 am

    I have been thinking of getting a tattoo for a few years. DH has 2. I think I have finally worked up the guts. Also, I couldn’t decide where to put it. It will have MinMan’s initials and another picture that is a symbol of his coming home.

  24. Carrie27
    August 21, 2009 | 11:44 am

    Love your dragon tattoo and all that it represents. I want to get a tattoo, three stars to represent the three kiddos I have.

  25. Chelle
    August 22, 2009 | 1:53 am

    Your tatts are beautiful. I love the meaning behind the stars. What a wonderful way and idea to immortalize the babies who never came to be.

  26. Lavender Luz
    August 22, 2009 | 11:25 pm

    They are both fantastic, but I am really drawn to the dolphin/dragon. I love that it also binds you to your friends and symbolizes your bond.

  27. A Mom in Jacksonville, FL
    August 29, 2009 | 10:00 am

    How neat! I especially like the yin yang you created—-love the way you incorported a dragon and dolphin together, it’s lovely. 🙂

  28. Aunt Becky
    April 7, 2010 | 1:35 pm

    Your tattoos are GORGEOUS! WOW.

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