I was inspired to get this when my brother, Ross, passed away in March of 2011 and we had a tree planted for him in the holy gardens of Jerusalem. I only knew him when we lived together as children, his passing made me realize that my family is only as scattered as I make it to be. Ross made me realize that everything I could ever come to love can leave me just as quickly as they came. The tree is family and inner strength, the leaf is Ross, the sun is new beginnings.
The design was draw by my friend Mason ( http://livingthroughpages.tumblr.com/) He’s an absolutely gifted artist as well a wonderful person. (He’s drawn a lot of his own portraits.) I was inked by the incredible Korie of Jim’s Tattoo in Seabrook, New Hampshire. He’s undoubtedly one of the best people I have ever had the pleasure of chatting with. I highly recommend them.