This tattoo was done by Phil Morgan at RLMG Tattoos in CT. It is actually a compilation of my first and second tattoos. My first tattoo is the Celtic symbol below my neck, a triple spiral inside a gypsy moon; I got that tattoo when I moved into school my freshman year of college. The triple spiral symbolizes the cyclical trend of life, maiden-mother-crone and the Gypsy moon symbolizes freedom. We added an orange glow to this tattoo to tie into the colorfulness of the octopus and cherry-blossom branches. Phil is an amazing artist and I am so glad I came to him with the idea for my second tattoo. The Octopus symbolizes psyche and creativity, and while there are many different meanings for cherry blossom branches in different cultures; to me they symbolize both the transience of life as well as perseverance. Much like the flower itself, life is a fleeting entity and while it is short lived and delicate, it returns each year to remind us to savor life’s beauty. Over the past few years I have been battling a stunting anxiety disorder, and recently as I started to gain control of my life again, I thought of this tattoo.