I have five tattoos which tell the history of my story; skin is my canvas. The tattoo that I want to share is of Ganesha. I chose to get the tattoo of Ganesha because he is the remover of obstacles, and I was at a point in my life where my path was far from clear. Ganesha watches over me and keeps me grounded and safe. I also have a tattoo of Hanuman carrying a mountain. He represents strength and knowledge. Anil Gupta did all my tattoos. He is an amazing artist. He works on the Lower East Side at his shop, Inkline Studio Inc.Erika sent us this poem, as well, which was first published in failbetter, July, 2009.
Blackness Slips Through Sundays
A mirror cannot speak truth
Just as a woman’s face masks
The man in the mug shot
Could be anyone’s husband, friend, father, —
The woman hides behind
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Erika Lutzner is the editor of Scapegoat Review. She curates Upstairs at Erika’s, a monthly writer's salon in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Her work can be found in various places such as failbetter, Eclectica Magazine, and Tygerburing Literary Journal. Her first book, Invisible Girls, by dancing girl press as well as a second book, Some Things Are True That Never Happened (an anthology) are both out. She is working on various new projects. You can find Erika at http://upstairsaterikas.com/ as well as http://scapegoatreview.com/.
Thanks to Erika for sharing her tattoo and poem with us here on Tattoosday's Tattooed Poets Project!
This entry is ©2013 Tattoosday. The poem and tattoo are reprinted with the poet's permission.