Sunday, March 25, 2012

She tatted up...

My newest edition: this quasi butterfly symbolic peace (sic).
Basically I wanted a butterfly and my tattoo artist, Slim, had drawn one I really like a few months ago  but somehow neither of us saved the picture or could pinpoint the one I really liked. Not that we tried hard. Then I wanted a Sankofa. Last week I was going to go get one but THEN I had to cancel the other day as I am browsing the internet I came across this picture. And I fell in love instantly.

Those who know me know I am interested in symbolism, religion, reincarnation, and things of that nature. I immediately pinpointed 4 symbols in this butterfly and knew it was for me. Then I translated the page (it was some Italian joint) and read about the rest. THIS was the tattoo I have been waiting for.

So basically I'm going to give a quick run down on the symbols and what they mean (click on links to see a picture of the symbol by itself):

  • Butterfly: As we all know the symbol of transformation and rebirth. 
  • Sankofa: Adinkra symbol meaning to learn from the past 
  • Bese Saka: Adinkra symbol meaning abundance and unity
  • Om: Used in several Indian religions to represent God, the primeval mantra, and consciousness
  • Ankh: Egyptian symbol representing eternal life and protection 
  • Koru: Maori symbol representing new life, growth, peace, and continuity 

What a beautiful representation of the journey I am currently on...I couldn't think of anything more perfect than this tattoo. I think Slim did a great job and I'm excited to get more ink (despite the fact that tattoos HURT!!!). P.S. you can see my Malcolm X tattoo in the corner. LOL.

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Justice for Trayvon Martin: Who to Contact

Trayvon Martin's killer has NOT been arrested or charged with any crime. If you have heard the 911 tapes you KNOW this boy was the target of a modern day lynching. Please contact the people below. *Tentatively there will be a rally for Trayvon April 9 at Union Square in NYC at 11 am. 

1.  State Attorney’s Office - Sanford
Attn: Florida District Attorney Norman Wolfinger
State Attorney’s Office
Criminal Justice Center
101 Bush Boulevard
PO Box 8006
Sanford, Florida  32772-8006
Telephone:  (407) 665-6000
2.  Sanford Police Department
Sanford Police Department, Attn: Police Chief Bill Lee, 815 West 13th Street, Sanford, FL 32771
Telephone: (407) 688-5070
3. Florida Governor
Office of Governor Rick Scott, State of Florida, The Capitol, 400 S. Monroe St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
Governor’s office Telephone: (850) 488-7146
4. Florida legislators
(a)  The Florida state senator for Sanford, Florida is David Simmons.
David Simmons, 251 Maitland Avenue, Suite 304,Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
Telephone:  (407) 262-7578
(b) The Florida state representative for Sanford, Florida is Jason Brodheur.
Jason Brodheur, District Office, 114 West First Street, Suite 208, Sanford, FL 32771-1273
Telephone: (407) 302-4800
(c)  The US representative for Sanford, Florida is Corrine Brown.
Representative Corrine Brown, 2336 Rayburn HOB, Washington, D.C. 20515 
Telephone: (202) 225-0123, Fax: (202) 225-2256
(d)  The US senators for Florida are Marc Rubio and Bill Nelson.
Senator Marc Rubio, 317 Hart Senate Office Building, Washington DC, 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-3041
Senator Bill Nelson, 716 Senate Hart Office Building, Washington, DC 20510
Telephone: (202) 224-5274