Brain Awareness Week! Day 4

It’s Brain Awareness Week! Day 4 and I want to let you in on my desire to get a brain/skull/cancer related tattoo…..

My desire to get a brain and skull related tattoo first started when I was diagnosed with epilepsy.  But after finding out that I had a tumor, and now finding out it’s Brain Cancer, I’ve decided that this definitely needs to happen.

First, please excuse me while I take a small minute to further explain the skull decision and inspiration a bit further before completely jumping into inspiration pictures.  When I first had this idea of a skull or brain to represent my own diagnosis, I started looking for images on the internet, and many of the tattoos I found were Sugar Skulls – taken from the Mexican holiday Dia De Los Muertos.  I really appreciated the intracacies of the art on these tattoos and the way they were very personalized, but also the way they made something that could be felt as very morbid and depressing (death) and made it more fun, uplifting, and celebratory – celebrating the life of the person who passed.  (During Dia de los Muertos, often the family celebrates the deceased with a humorous tone, talking about their funny moments, leaving out toys and candy for the spirits of children, and leaving out beer and cigars for the adult spirits)

This made me think of a few more events in my own life.  One, very significant, was the death of my mother several years back from Ovarian cancer.  The Sugar Skull and Dia del los Muertos reference also seemed significant to me because my birthday is on Halloween and the Day of the Dead is the following two days – November 1st and 2nd.  I remember eating actual sugar skulls as a kid around my birthday because of the holiday.

It seems as though a Sugar Skull inspired tattoo may be the perfect thing to combine many very significant things in my life.  It could be a representation of my own diagnosis with a literal display of the skull, while also being a more figurative celebration of my mother’s life.  And a way to make it feel and look personal and positive, instead of perhaps morbid and depressing.

Many Sugar Skull tattoos have inspired me, and this skull tattoo by David Hale has inspired me as well. What I like about this one is the part of the skull that has the flower coming out of it.  I think it would be very cool to have a similar part where maybe a brain, or something representing a brain, is coming out of the skull to capture my personal brain cancer diagnosis.

I love the small simplicity of this one, but its too small of the intricacy that I want.  I still think its great though.

Today I was tweeting about skull tattoos and SomeQualityMeat.com tweeted me their website.  While some of the tattoos I really like, and some I don’t, I love almost all of their photos! Beautiful! So I encourage you to check them out!

I’m still looking around; if there are any great skull/brain tattoos you love, send pictures my way!  And I’ll probably update on my tattoo progress.

Happy Brain Awareness Week! Day 4

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About Ashley Myers-Turner

Los Angeles based photographer & videographer, health care advocate, and chocolate dipped twizzler enthusiast.

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