Saturday, January 18, 2014


I've just added an intro video to give readers more of an idea of how this project will shape up.
The video also introduces Angela Solo, the wonderful inspiration behind the project.

Little did she know that her remarkable zest for life and amazing personality would have planted a seed that would germinate into this wonderful project several years later.

If you want to participate in the project please contact me with a summary of your story and a way for me to see the tattoo(s). Just a cell phone image or a link to exiting images is fine.

Can't see the Video? 
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Sunday, January 12, 2014


For many young ladies depression is constant reality.
We live in a world with unreal expectations.  Add to that peer pressure, bullying tactics and the stress of job or school and we get a teen suicide rate that is alarming.  Fortunately for this young lady – there was an alternate escape.


I’ve paraphrased Pam’s words:

Life is just overwhelming and sometimes I feel like going to sleep and never waking up. Sleep is an escape where I feel nothing. No worries or sadness or anxiety just good feelings of nothingness, and sometimes you get to dream too which is fun. I was often picked on through public school & high school. People hurt me to the point where if I could sleep forever, I would. For some reason people can be hateful and find it funny to tell someone to kill themselves, or say I look like a bull dog. For me, sleeping is a way to avoid them, step out of reality, the drama, the fighting, the hate.
To remind me of my escape, I chose this tattoo design because the birds represent the freedom I thrive and the tree because when I get depressed I also to the woods where I enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature.
Since getting the tattoo I’ve left school behind and with it many of the problems but I still select my friends carefully and choose very few. I am stronger but remain on antidepressants, but they're are days where I do still escape by just sleeping.
In my sleep and dreams I don't see negativity, I see everyone getting along & being drama free.
NOTE: Teen depression can lead to drug and alcohol abuse, self-loathing and self-mutilation, pregnancy, violence, and even suicide. To recognize the signs and understand what to do here is a starting point: