I met Jaime Soule about a year ago at an art event in Conway, SC. We seemed to hit it off over our love for bright and vibrant nature imagery. Since then she has moved from Myrtle Beach to the cold, snowy state of Massachusetts – what a difference! Jaime contacted me a couple months ago after finding me on google. She was wondering if I could design a tattoo for her that she might never get, but she wanted as a piece of artwork. In her words, here’s the meaning behind the tattoo painting she commissioned –
The tree roots to me symbolize that we all have certain belief systems or values that we were raised with and that still ground us in the toughest of times. The branches on the trees run out in different directions, much like the paths in our life; yet we’re always connected to the core of the tree. The changing leaves represent autumn, my favorite season, and it also symbolizes different changes or growth that we go through. The yin and yang design shows balance in life, and not necessarily opposing forces. You can’t appreciate the sunlight without knowing the darkness of night, and vice versa. Dolphins and water have always held a special place in my heart. Dolphins are extremely emotional and intuitive mammals, and water is where I find my zen; whether it’s swimming (and drowning out the external noises of the world out for a while) or paddleboarding/kayaking. The tides of the ocean ebb and flow, washing away and replenishing. The lotus flower grows under water in the mud, pushing up through the water to the surface and producing beautiful flowers; this to me represents that if you’re born into or going through something dark or difficult, that you can rise above, push through, and come out the other side flourishing. And lastly, the word underneath the lotus is there to just simply remind me that this experience we call life is a journey; there will be ups and downs throughout, but it’ll balance out.
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up,totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming…WOW, what a ride.