Aaron tell us:
"I spent over 99 hours and 99 minutes of my life playing Final Fantasy 7; that's as far as the timer goes in the game. It was integral to my upbringing during adolescence (specifically, at 14), exposing me to gay characters and cross-dressing when I didn't have much of a concept for such things. It was a platform that helped me feel powerful, whereas I otherwise felt powerless at that point in my life. It made its mark on me so deeply emotionally, and so, after getting myself out into the world, I decided to show that mark. I had the album art for the game tattooed in March 2008 at the Chicago Tattoo & Piercing Co."Aaron sent us the following poem:
Must it have a story, like a scar or scare?
Once upon it was a crime to mark oneself
and my father promised punishment for such rash
actions, black impulse. So, I drew
my own illusions and came to the collusion
that these bodies were made to be seen,
made to be word, and image. Imagine meta-
phor made flesh, for there is depth to it
like layers of skin, invariably shedding end-
lessly. This was no rebellion. This was Final.
A fantasy come ado by bustling commotion
from needles knitting for years from inside
my skull until manhood bled through; when I was
my own and, with inerasable ink, wrote so.
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Thanks to Aaron for sharing his tattoo and poem with us here on Tattoosday!
This entry is ©2014 Tattoosday. The poem and tattoo are reprinted with the poet's permission.