Besides the fact the my four year old cannot operate the camera.
I tried to take a picture of my own back piece. In the mirror. It would have worked out fine if I had eyes on the back of my head, but I don't. The picture came out a little lop-sided and not really close up enough. I'm making my husband retake it if he's ever home when I am awake.
It's actually 3 tattoos. Japanese Kanji. They mean, separately, Promise, Peace, Tranquility.
I interpret the piece as a whole to mean "The Promise of Peace and Tranquility."
It's the largest piece I have. I got it on a day in January in 2003. It was clear when I went in and snowing when I walked out.
It had been three and a half years since my son died and I was beginning to see the forest for the trees, so to speak. I had been walking in a haze for a while and I felt more clear headed than ever when I went to get this done. I actually felt like I might have peace and happiness in my life again someday. Not just fleeting moments, but lasting ones.
I was pretty scared to get it done because I have no other pieces on my back and this one is right on my spine. I thought that it might hurt and it did. I cursed a lot during it. The tattoo artist even lied to me a few times and told me that he was almost done. He wasn't. :)
It came out pretty good. I just need a clearer picture of it. Also, a not lopsided one.