LunaRae was one of the first people to contact me about adding her Yoshi tattoos to a Tattoo Tuesday post, thus sparking the “Reader Submission” idea. Thanks LunaRae! Get to know the delightful LunaRae and the heartwarming meaning behind her tattoos.
Hmm.. Well, I’m in college working on a degree in ASLIS (American Sign Language Interpreter Studies). I took an ASL class and just fell in love with it. I started playing video games before I was even in grade school. My first game was Super Mario Brothers 3 on NES. I have many hobbies other than video games such as reading, pole dancing, spinning flag or saber, photography, writing short stories and poetry, as well as drawing.
What are your tattoos of and why did you get them?
I have three tattoos at this moment. I have a green Yoshi that I got December 2010. I had always wanted to get all of the colors of Yoshi on me in some kind of band or something. I contacted an old high school friend, Amber Bananafish, to speak with her about getting it done. It was my first and I was nervous but it was something I felt I needed to do. I found that all too often, I lost who I was and what I stood for. I allowed other people to control my life and I decided I was done with that silliness. This Yoshi reminds me to always be true to myself in every way possible. It also gives me courage to do things that are hard or scary. Oddly enough I’m horrified of needles, shots, and blood. Yet I allowed Amber to tattoo me for two hours. I can do anything!
My second tattoo is a blue Yoshi with wings holding another blue Yoshi egg. I had planned this tattoo shortly after getting my first one. My grandmother had passed away in 2005 and it was something that took me years to deal with. The color I picked was the color of her old house. A place that brings back great memories for me, but sadly is no longer in our family. Then I met Josh Fetz, we became really good friends very quickly. He passed away in October from Cystic Fibrosis. I added the egg for him because he was so young in his life, where as my grandmother had lived a long life. Oddly enough, Josh’s birthstone is the same color blue I had planned on making the Yoshi. I was going to wait until December to get this as kind of a “happy birthday Yoshi…now I have two..” type thing, but in the wake of Josh’s passing I decided to get it as soon as I possibly could, which ended up being November 12th 2011. Amber was able to fit me in quickly and did another wonderful job.
My third tattoo is the Ourboros tattoo seen in the anime Fullmetal Alchemist as well as Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood. It signifies eternity, a dragon continually eating it’s tail. It has a beginning but no end. The seven deadly sins are branded with this logo in various places of their body. My favorite of them would be Lust, but I’m not too keen on getting a chest piece. (Don’t get me wrong some are stunning and gorgeous, but just not for me.) This was a Valentine’s gift to myself. It reminds me of various things, but most importantly I need to be careful in the things I do. Amber did this piece for me Feb. 11th 2012.
Any plans for future tattoos?
Yes! One of my oldest and closest friends are getting semi matching tattoos. In the movie The Lion King Rafiki draws Simba on a tree. My friend has the adult version with a mane where as I am getting the younger version. No matter what has happened between us in our lives, we have always come back together and been there for each other when we needed it most.
I also want to get a Sailor Mars tattoo. She is my favorite Sailor Scout and the show Sailor Moon has a very special place in my heart. It was the first anime I ever watched. I can’t even explain how it captivates me. I’m not sure how I want this tattoo to look yet or where, but I’ve got time to think about it.
I’m also still debating on whether or not I want to finish my original plan of getting all the different color Yoshi. So far I have green and baby blue, and I would need to get red, yellow, dark blue/purple. I’m just unsure where I would put them since the other two are so big.
What are you other favorite fandom’s?
Sailor Moon, Fullmetal Alchemist/Brotherhood, The Simpsons, Dexter, X-men, Batman, The Lion King, and werewolves.
If you were on a deserted island what video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?
Super Mario World (because I never get sick of it), Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause or Orange Crush by Tim Dorsey, The Dark Knight, and most likely Dexter season 4 or the Simpsons (any season 1-8)