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Tatu's Meaning by Susan Reed

How do you describe the desire to have tatus to those that don't have one?

Getting a Tatu satisfies a desire to express a part of yourself that belongs to no one else. A Tatu is like getting a piece of love, or yourself, etched into your skin for all to see. It is not for others to look within to find out or understand, but to just SEE it. Getting a Tatu satisfies a desire to express a part of yourself that belongs to no one else. The desire to withstand pain for the reward of years of enjoyment afterwards. I have complete strangers comment on my tatus all of the time. Tatus instantly join you with others like you (those who are members of "The Tribe"). You can see someone tatued and meet their eyes and know you are kindred, that is what I LOVE about being inked. Just another way of bonding with humans.

A poem by Koré Grate 8-13-87

Puncture,

some call it Pain…or Permanence…

I call it soul-surfacing.

The ink slides into the emptiness and brings forth the line,
the shadow, the colors from within, into the outer layer we call
“skin.” Our covering, our protection, letting go to the Tatu.

“Omakase” means “put your trust in me”
The creation is a three-way endeavor.
The Individual, The Artist, and The Tatu...
working together with trust.

Forming the ritual, all three must be involved, with whole hearts. The birthing always brings both pain and joy.

But the best part I know, is the strength that comes from going through this ritual, and coming into this tribe.

Souls surfaced; reclaim and unveil in order to heal and continue. Walking in beauty and knowing Change is the only constant in life.