“I can’t change”
This is my new tattoo. People always ask what it is and I tell them it’s the signature of my favorite artist which is true, however there is much more to it. I was sexually assaulted when I was 11 by an older family member. It was technically the first sexual experience I’ve ever had. I was robbed of my innocence and everything I knew about love, beauty and protection was dismissed. A few years earlier, I went on a family trip to Brazil and met a street artist. He sketched the most beautiful picture of a woman I’ve ever seen and ran after me because he wanted me to have his drawing. I still have the drawing today. He was the first person to ever make me feel beautiful so I wanted his signature on my body to write over the scar my family member left on me. To me, it’s about resilience, strength and seeing the beautiful parts of your life. Don’t let anyone leave a scar on you that you don’t want.