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Body Beautiful

There are few artistic expressions that can really move me.

1. Music… A beautiful song (and voice) can take me from 0 to 100 in all different directions and leave me sitting on top of Mt. Kilimanjaro at sunset.

2. Literature… The way the simple arrangement of words can turn something ordinary into something extraordinary never ceases to amaze and enthral me. I love the written word. I love the spoken word. I love words in languages I cannot, as of yet, understand. I love words. Period.

3. Photography… When done right, a picture really does speak a million words. It can take your breath away and mesmerise you, and you can’t even explain why that is. Some pictures make you want to just stare at them for hours and just that, is enough to make you smile.


So anywho… Just felt like sharing some pics specifically relating to the human body and spirit, that have recently caught my attention and my imagination.

* I apologize in advance for not being able to cite all the creators, I have come across these pics at the most random of moments and in a myriad of places, so I have not been able to do due diligence in this regard.







I’ve had my mind set on getting “tatted up”, as they say in the cool circles, for a while now, but never had the time, the design and the money to go through with it. So now the time has finally come. I have searched through the mounds of ideas in my mind (realising in the process that I might end up the subject of my parents’ over-tattooed nightmares), isolated the favourites, gotten the money together and I’m ready.

But there is always a lot to consider when you are making the decision to get a tattoo. As tempting as it is to just ignore all these considerations, you might want to give them a glance over.

First, is your family and friends, and their opinion of your decision. For some people, this is a pretty big thing and they might have some pretty strong reactions to your choice.

Second, is your boss and co-workers if not clients. This might be a pretty big one, especially if you work or you ever plan on working, as it might become an issue in the industry or company of your choice. A tattoo might be the thing standing in your way of getting your dream job, as there are some industries that just won’t accept this type of thing. In such a situation, you might want to place your tattoo in an area of your body where it can be hidden when the need arises.

Third, is how many you will get, where you will get them, and where you will draw the line. From what I’ve heard, the process or the having of the tattoo can become addictive to some people and it’ll help when you need to make sure you don’t go too far to decide beforehand where you will stop.

Fourth, and it think this might apply to just me, but can a young black girl get a tattoo and still be accepted by, say, a conservative black mother in law? Will she see me as a wild, crazy whore leading her darling son into hell?

Hahahaha…Well all this nonsense aside, tattoos are still an art form, one which, when you do it right, turns out to look pretty amazing.

Here are a few ideas for the ladies:







– @MS_Mandi