“Why Did I Do This? I have my own list of reasons why I chose to do this (10 of them, actually). I am honored to be a part of this out-of-the-box ‘movement’ that’s connecting perfect strangers in an innovative way in our quirky town. This project is steeped in creative expression and community-connections. I get to embody a portion of a collective art piece and am part of something larger in a beautiful, veiled, meaningful way.
How did I hear about it? I first heard of the project on Facebook from Chelsea Locheart (former Naropa student; I was honored to witness her oldest baby’s first breaths). It was a few weeks before I was getting married to the love of my life. With no time to spare, I thought, ‘That would be cool, if I had time.’ [Fast-forward the best two weeks of my life.] Then it was our first week of marriage, the floods hit, spaces opened up in the project, and I had time. I followed my heart and made the leap.
What does it mean to me? My tattoo is gaining layers of meaning for me (of course, if you know me). Some include:
• The three Stars represent my Beloved Family Triad
• The location has had a lot of healing, as well as a history of a lot of pain, discovered after my motorcycle accident (inevitable surgery/fusion in my future). At the close of the project, I will be adding to the tattoo and infusing that area with another word that invites healing to my spine/joints parts
• The phrase ‘in these parts’ is a folksy phrase (and I hear it’s a line from Shakespeare’s ‘Henry V’) that for me conjures up connected phrases: parts of a whole, parts that need, parts that exceed, alive and well in these parts, spare parts. During my years of chronic joint pain, I often referred to my joints as my faulty parts, although I have also worked hard to reclaim them as my working parts; in these parts, my scars give me character and strength. Then I happened across the song ‘In These Parts’ by the Hot Buttered Rum String Band (had never heard or seen them before). The day I needed to decide about taking my phrase, I saw the band’s name on a bumper sticker. I knew I was being called to this project and finalized my commitment. So ‘in these parts’ it is… and forever will be.
Since getting my (beloved!) tattoo, I share about BTP and about my story, I have met amazing new folks, I hear others stories, I have reconnected with fellow Boulderites I haven’t been in touch with in a decade or more… Boulder, now a community linked in Ink.
I am so grateful for this project, for this opportunity to be involved with something so very Boulder, something so very creative and something so very meaningful.