I received a pleasant surprise yesterday, just before leaving work, when Brooke (see her tattoos here and here) introduced me to her friend Veronica, who was visiting her in the office.
Veronica enjoyed the posts on Brooke's ink, and was willing to share her tattoo with us here on Tattoosday:
I correctly identified the tattoo, on the left side of her back shoulder, as the chess piece known as the Knight.
Although it is a horse, Veronica noted, most people who see it don't realize at first that it is a chess piece.
So why a chess knight?
Several years ago, Veronica went on a date with a guy who had a similar tattoo. Not only had he been a chess player, but his nickname in the military had been "Crazy Horse". He had designed the tattoo himself and Veronica was drawn to it. She knew she wanted one just like it, but they both agreed, as their relationship progressed, that it would only be appropriate if they were married.
Well, we all know where this is heading. When the time was right, Veronica's boyfriend didn't pop the question, he popped the suggestion, "Let's go get that tattoo". Which she did, customizing his original design by making it a little smaller, and adding a feminine curl to the front of the Knight's mane. They went to a shop on Broadway in Santa Maria, California. There are three shops currently on Broadway, so I can't give proper credit to the shop or artist at this time.
The formal proposal came shortly after the engagement was "inked".
Veronica married the man with the matching tattoo but, as life would have it, they split up amicably after three years.
Her ex-husband-to-be told her that he wouldn't be offended if she decided to cover the chess piece up, but the thought never crossed Veronica's mind. She wasn't worried about future girlfriends (or wives) getting the same tattoo. She recognizes it as a unique symbol of a past chapter in her life of which she has little regret.
Oftentimes, people are remorseful about their ink, especially when the piece is tied to a relationship that no longer exists. It is always nice to see a tattoo that holds great meaning, even while transcending a bond that has broken.
So the chess piece remains, and we here at Tattoosday extend our thanks to Veronica for sharing this part of her personal history with us.