My sweet new friend Melissa from Oh, She Runs recently asked me if I had any posts about my tattoos and I realized I didn't! Over the next few months, I have decided to share my work with you all. Some of them have great stories behind them and others don't. But that's OK. They're a part of who I am and I love that they will always be with me.
Today I am sharing part of my half sleeve with you, my Ganesh. Ganesh, also known as Ganesha, is one of the most well known Hindu deities. He represents a number of things, most noteworthy is that he is known as "the remover of obstacles;" a god of beginnings and success. He has a number of noticeable features including his elephant head and broken tusk.
I have alluded to the fact that I grew up in an atheist home a number of times on this blog. Despite that, I was influenced by many Hindu morals and values. Ganesh was always a prominent symbol for me growing up, representing something I could easily relate to- overcoming obstacles.
I held fast to Ganesh for years and one day I just knew I wanted him to be with me forever. That I was going to take the plunge and get a half sleeve, with him taking center stage.
Lucky for me, I had an amazing artist that fell in love with Ganesh as much as I did. He worked with me to ensure we were correctly representing him. It was a creative learning process for the both of us.
It took just over two years for me to complete Ganesh and I couldn't have been more happy with the final product.
Now that I am a Christian, people often ask me if I think it's weird if I have a tattoo of a Hindu god, or if I regret it, and my answer is always absolutely not. Even though I saw Ganesh as a powerful figure, he was never a god to me. So despite the fact that I believe in Jesus, I still believe in Ganesh and the things he represents. Do I worship him? No. But that doesn't mean I can't love and respect what he represents.
Do you have any tattoos? If so, what's your favorite?
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