I got this upper thigh tattoo in October at Pinz-n-Needlez Tattoo in Washington, DC by my regular artist, Imani Brown.
In February a friend of mine committed suicide. It broke my heart. In the time since, I’ve had the fortune of spending time and becoming more familiar with his family, namely one of his sisters. At our first meeting, she brought me a book of his, “Still Mostly True” by Brian Andreas, an amazing artist/sculptor/poet/storyteller.
I became obsessed with the book and its snippets of poignant, simplistic, relatable truths. I came across Brian’s website, www.storypeople.com, where I found, amongst other things, more books and a variety of prints. I purchased the print to one of my favorite “stories,” which included a vibrant drawing of which the black and white books lacked.
I got a tattoo for my friend very soon after his passing (the phrase “always in my heart” in Vietnamese), however this is what I later chose as a tribute to our friendship, his spirit, and the everlasting impact he’ll have on both myself and the community of people that had the pleasure of knowing him.
“She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short.”