All my life I’ve dealt with depression and for a few years I dealt with self harm. I have scars on my body that are a constant reminder of the dark times in my life and the most noticeable where on my upper left arm. I couldn’t wear short sleeves for years and it honestly tore me apart that i couldn’t wear anything i liked without having to wear a sweatshirt over it. I missed out on my proms and things like going to the beach for years because I felt like everyone was staring. I felt disgusting.
Once I decided to get a tattoo to go over it I knew exactly what I wanted. I was born and adopted from Quito, Ecuador and the nations flower of Ecuador is the rose. I got 2 to symbolize both my birth parents who died shortly after i was born.
I love it with all of my heart. Even though i got it because something I hate, its been made into something beautiful. I’m so much more confident in my appearance now that I can show off my arms. Its made me feel beautiful as a person again.
I got it done at 12 Tattoo’s in Groton, Connecticut by Tommy Slocum. He did an amazing job and was so professional.