Sunday, July 5, 2009

Cody's Message of Recovery

These arms belong to Cody, who I stopped outside of Madison Square Garden on June 23.

What caught my eye was a beautiful religious piece on his forearm, but it was still healing, so we went with these tattoos instead.

Cody explained to me that he is in recovery, and that the strength he gets from this message, "Dealing with the Cards Life Dealt Me," is invaluable. "No matter what life throws at you," he told me, "We're powerless over life. We can't control it."

In other words, take things one day at a time, and face the challenges you meet as they rise up against you. Like in cards, you get dealt and a hand, and you make the best of it. And sometimes you win, and other times you lose.

This is the second recovery-themed tattoo we've seen recently (see Audrey's ink here) and I imagine we'll see more, as tattoos make great anchors for people, in recovery or not, as they face the struggles in life.

Cody's tattoos were inked by Justin at Skin Illustrations in Cookstown, New Jersey.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

That's a very life-asserting and optimistic tattoo. Thak you for sharing!