A Rose By Any Name
- Created: Thursday, 01 August 2013 08:00
Eddy came to see me about adding to an existing tattoo on his left arm. He says, "The rose we're 'upgrading' is my first tattoo. When I got it, I had just come out of the closet and was inspired by the lyrics of a song, which itself was inspired by Shakespeare. 'A rose by any other name would smell as sweet' is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the names of things do not matter, only what things 'are'. 'A rose by any other name is just as sweet'. The song expands on that and talks about how it doesn't matter what the world thinks of you and what names you might get called in your life. Now that I'm older I wanted to enhance that first belief to express the diversity of the community. Roses come in many different shapes, colors and forms and they're all roses. Even then, it doesn't matter what you call them. They're still beautiful. So with Victoria's help, we're turning my single sweet rose into a garden of delights. I can't wait to see how my rose garden turns out." Click on the Read more link to see the drawing and the result of our first session. You can see where the original tattoo is and the stenciled area (upper arm) that we will tattoo during our next session.