A person can find symbolic meaning in all cultures over the centuries. Images have always been a part of our lives. Signs and symbols are everywhere in our lives. Incorporating our own personal symbols into our lives can help us in self-discovery and self-expression. Symbolism can represent our, philosophies, our cultural History, express our inner Awareness, give us personal Identity, so on our bodies more much so is this connection made between our divine self and corporeal being.

My First tattoo ‘Double Crossed Keys’ with bowed ribbon tattoo on my upper back.
(inked by Chris on Monday 5th July 2010 at 9.00am)

The ‘Integrity’ tattoo
(sensitivity and strength of feeling)

This custom tattoo of mine on my skin gives the impression of a bronzed ‘Double Crossed Keys’ image without any filling-in of coloured ink having been necessary, although the grey shading has given the tattoo a three dimensional look.

And of Key & Lock, Padlock Tattoos that have often been featured in many different genres of tattoo designs, in general locks and keys speak of the value of what is locked away, and imply ‘restricted access’ thus linked to matters of the heart, love and fidelity mostly. However, my personal tattoo as to state the iconology of the tattoo, one draws upon the factual knowledge that all keys are made from an impression, first and foremost, that comes from the rational of the mind, before their cut to fit their lock, the said lock being genitive of the female genitalia, which is the sexual connotation of the tattoo in case you were wondering, and thereat why this tattoo is absolutely a female heterosexual adult’s tattoo only and also signals to others her interdependent status.

With regards to the importance of where the tattoo is placed upon the body, giving it a direct link in terms of its manifested meaning. My tattoo of the correctly positioned verted ‘Double Crossed Keys’ signifies the feminine intellect and endeavour: her beauty and brains materialised, that is united as one, because the tattoo is also positioned where the brain meets the body, that is starting at the very base of my neck on my upper back, and in the world one needs both thought and action — all things considered and done come to a climax — hence ‘Keys’ represent the forces which open and close, bind and release.

Thus the iconic image of ‘Double Crossed Keys’ shows that it holds the balance due to the keys dangling from a hook in the middle, and is in the central location of my back between my shoulder blades; where the spinal cord holds the life force, hence giving the concept of a female’s inner strength and character.

The ribbon, which is bowed, holding the two keys together symbolises her penultimate femininity in the world at large, her sensitivity regarding her purpose; for example how she takes care of herself, and her social conduct; for example how she would hold herself accountable in public to that of her etiquette.  In addition, historically ‘ribboned bows’ were used in Art work paintings and drawings to represent the ‘fragility of life’ symbolically; being that the analogy is they can both be unravelled, but only after tugging at its ends, however, the rest of the ribbon remains in place, thereby clinging to life, and sometimes it represented that of a loose woman socially.  So when represented as a complete ribboned bow remaining intact, it would mean the ‘strength of life’ is present and self-expressed as a statement symbolically, for the intact ribbon had the analogy to represent the reputation of a woman very much in control of herself in society.

The key’s handles at the top, in a figure eight form, signifies the expression of “what goes around comes around” in all that a woman takes on and does in her life’s deeds, for in numerology, the number eight life’s path suggests that one has entered this world armed to lead, direct, organize and govern, and I was born on that numerical date, so this is why this part of my tattoo also has another personal touch for me, as this is formed by experience in life.

For in the centre of the key’s teeth at the bottom, is a version of the ‘Saltire cross’ sometimes called a ‘Chi cross’ which is from the Greek language, that has a diagonal position: it symoblises unity and safe-keeping, as its a warrior’s cross, for key-locks never break on their teeth edge. And the key’s actual teeth attached along the edge of it, is a very significant part of the icon too, as it marks that journey in life, from an active transitionary process when maturity can be reached, that is mainly to unlock and explore one’s latent womanhood and spirituality, that is, as one door closes another can be opened, serendipity and fate rather than destiny and luck.

Also in identifying with this tattoo means overall that a female is a deep thinker about different matters: in finding key-words that’s needed for understanding, and pertains to the value of common sense which she invokes whenever necessary: as keys are essentially practical as an object, which is totally opposite to the male thinker represented by a ‘Skull’ image in the social world and also when used as a personal brand in a tattoo, which symbolises his intellect of reflection and solutions in terms of his masculinity, but is by and large complimentary in nature.

Thereat, this personal tattoo of ‘double crossed keys – with a bowed ribbon’ is a celebration of a woman’s life and all that she encompasses in spirit too, that being her feminine mystic: there is always more to be discovered. And for me personally in having had this permanent iconic tattoo inked, as well as all the aforementioned having been stated, is the representation of the Alpha-Omega female trait in one’s identity — as a woman who knows of herself — and that very much generally from a psychological-sociological perspective defines me especially well.

For further info: Living Art Tattoo. About the Key and Key-Lock history. Background details regarding the Ribbon and its history. Also the Vanishing Tattoo website about a global odyssey in search of the last authentic tattoos. And an index of Celebrity Tattoo designs which illustrates the rather extraordinary number of historical figures and modern day celebrities who have sported or currently have body art.

My Maths Symbol tattoo

My second tattoo is situated on my left wrist:
(inked by Marta Cieślak-Piróg on Tuesday 16th September 2014 at 12.30pm)

The ‘Feminist’ tattoo (choice and representation)

The maths symbol: not equal to (and in French it means: different).  In other words: I have no equal being the first among equals. Representing in Latin: “ens causa sui” meaning existing because of one-self.

As there are three lines with this symbol, in biblical terms it would mean that: the number 3 represent triads of completeness in the Bible. Sometimes of good and sometimes of evil.

Thick lines appear difficult to break. They suggest strength and give emphasis to nearby elements. Thick lines are bold and make a statement. Thick lines represent the supreme.

Horizontal lines are parallel to the horizon (hence the name). They look like they’re lying down, at rest, asleep. They suggest calm and quiet, a relaxed comfort.

Horizontal lines can’t fall over. They accentuate width. They’re stable and secure. The convey an absence of conflict, a restful peace. Horizontal lines by their connection to the horizon are associated with earth bound things and idea.

Diagonal lines are cutting edge. They are filled with restless and uncontrolled energy. They can appear to be either rising or falling and convey action and motion. Their kinetic energy and apparent movement create tension and excitement. Diagonal lines are more dramatic than either horizontal or vertical lines.

Diagonal lines can also appear solid and unmoving if they are holding something up or at rest against a vertical line or plane.

What I like about my tattoo is that no matter if you look at it upside down, left to right or vice versa, reflect it in a mirror, it means that same thing: no equal. Its very evocative.

Also the fact that I am mixed-race and diverse in nature with a varied educational background, is more profound for me with this new tattoo being so symbolic of my life.

God Grace

My third tattoo is situated on my right wrist
(inked by Marta Cieślak-Piróg on Wednesday 12th November 2014 at 12.30pm)

The ‘Spiritual’ tattoo
(God’s Grace – under the shadow of his wings)

I wanted to do a tattoo that wasn’t just about me, I wanted something that was linked to the universal and so thinking back on my life God’s Grace has always been there through the threads of my life experience and I wanted a tattoo that paid homage to that bond. That is from his Word (in thought) to Grace (in action).

So this symbol of spirituality will be more meaningful come Holy Communion for me. And the “Peace be with you” is acted out at church will become more symbolic. And writing with my right hand, this wrist tattoo will imbibe; absorb or assimilate (ideas or knowledge) that displays the spirituality that is the Word of God from his grace. And under the shadow of his wings I seek my protection and guidance.

As in Psalm 63 verses 6-8 which states:

On my bed I remember you;
I think of you through the watches of the night.
Because you are my help,
I sing in the shadow of your wings.
I cling to you;
your right hand upholds me.

And in Psalm 57:1 which states:

“In the shadow of your wings will I make my refuge.”

Mavarine Diva TattooFOURTH TATTOO

Location: Lower back
Inked by: Anelena at 12.30pm on Tuesday 12th January 2016
‘The Diva tattoo’

BLACK CROWN: It symbolizes the ruling of one’s own life, emotionally elevated status, noble thought and actions, righteousness and control, a taming element reminding its bearer to use his/her power in wise and just ways.

ANGEL WINGS: come in a variety of designs and that design will convey meaning about you and your feelings about angels. For instance a strong, sturdy set of wings in a more upright position might imply strength, perseverance and the courage to get the job done. A lacey open set of wings may present a gentler, more feminine perspective.

FLEUR-DE-LIS: the three petals represent the medieval social classes: those who worked, those who fought, and those who prayed.


“From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen. ” (Holy Bible, Galatians 6:17-18) and which contains the Greek word ‘stigma’ which the NASB translates as “brand-marks”. The primary root of stigma is ‘stizo’, which means to “stick” or “prick” and leave a mark (a tattoo).

And the reasons are exactly the same for Christ followers as Pagans, that is, when a person was tattooed they became dedicated to the god whose symbol they bore on their body, and became that God’s servant, as well as coming under that God’s protection, so that they should not be harmed. Since tattooing was done by the pagans too; as a sign of ownership and devotion to their Gods just as much as Christ disciples doing the same with their stigmas (tattoo).

Tattoos on wrists

Therefore, all three tattoos that appear on the upper part of my body. That begins from the left hand wrist, to just below my neck and ends at my right hand wrist. This makes an arch.

Arch meaning is always speaking to us about openings, beginning and stepping through certain perspectives to see what’s on the other side.

Arch meaning also deals with initiation and ceremonies of renewal in many cultures. Walking through an archway represents the sloughing off of the old and moving into a new phase of life.

Arches also talk to us about opportunity. For arches are represented in doors and windows because they symbolize a universal law, which is “There is always another way.”

This is because often we’re faced with some kind of contrast that prompts us to shift (move through the arch) our views. The arch meaning, then, represents our point of decision. As the arch is placed where we have reached our epiphany and we’ve internally confirmed our plan of action after weighing the balance of choices available to us.

The arch meaning also deals with protection. From a structural perspective, archways allow motion while serving as a foundation to buildings. This is a metaphor in the tattoos. In this light, archways encourage forward motion.

Arches are a lasting symbol that says “Move forward and your world will not crumble – only expand. Protection is here.”

And overlapping hands made to be an arch means that the right hand of God speaks of God moving and acting through POSITIVE FORCES, while the left hand of God denotes God moving and acting through NEGATIVE FORCES.

A key to this vital truth is found in the words of David in Psalm 111:7 in the Holy Bible, wherein he states: “The works of HIS HANDS are verity (on the right hand) and judgment (on the left hand).”

The left hand of God is Lawful Judgment (dark); the right hand is his Loving-kindness (light).

Hence the significance when doing Holy Communion at church when my hands are brought together.

After adding my fourth tattoo on my lower back. Therefore my torso joins the upper part of my body, making a capital letter ‘T’. In ancient times, tau was used as a symbol for life or resurrection, whereas the eighth letter of the Greek alphabet, theta, was considered the symbol of death. In Biblical times, the taw was put on individuals to distinguish those who lamented sin, although newer versions of the Bible have replaced the ancient term taw with mark (Ezekiel 9:4) or signature (Job 31:35).

Lower back tattoos is considered to enhance the female form and it has been around for hundreds of years and in fact has connections to several ancient religions. The lower back is revered by many religions as a storage place for spiritual energy. This same idea is found within the chi force and meridian fields talked about in eastern cultures. Yoga is also a proponent in the theory of energy being found in the lower back and the tattooing of that area was thought of as a way to release this stored energy in order to tap into it.




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