Work has kept me quite busy this month, and I apologize for the lack of blog posts. I have been failing to follow to best writer’s advice- If you want to be a writer, then you need to write. As much as possible.
So I’m getting back on the horse again with a short post. Don’t worry, I’ll be blogging regularly from New Orleans next week (Mardi Gras!) and after I return, I’ll be blogging about some of our earlier travels.
For today’s topic: travel tattoos! (Alliteration is my favorite game.)
I have many tattoos. Most are either in tribute to someone, or reminders of what I value. My travel tattoo is the latter. Clearly, travel is incredibly important to me, and it has made a profound impact on my life. The places I have been and the people I have met have forever changed the way I see the world. So a few years ago, I had my tattoo artist find an image of an old map and a plain compass to get tattooed on my arm to make a half sleeve. The compass is the main focus of the tattoo. Compasses provide direction so that you can never be lost. You’ll always have a way to go. A map gives you ideas of places to go and explore. They both remind me of travel and adventure.
He tattooed the map around a bird I already had on my upper arm, and it turned out beautifully. I absolutely love the old map, and the compass is dark and commands attention. I’m quite proud of it.
This weekend, Z got his first tattoo, and it is travel themed. He got a vegvisir, otherwise known as the viking compass, or a runic compass. It is also known as the Icelandic signpost. Here is what Z has to say in his own words about the tattoo:
“It is an Icelandic magical stave intended to help the bearer find his/her way through rough weather. This tattoo has a lot of meaning to me. As a world traveler, this represents my love for travel. I also hope it will grant me good luck during my travels.”
Travel is so important to both of our lives, that we have tattoos to honor and remind us of the value we place in travel. They serve as a visual reminder of guidance, adventure, and exploration. Wonderful things.
Do you have any tattoos related to travel? Have you ever gotten a tattoo while abroad?