We’d like to thank you for following along with our blog series “INKED: The Permanence of Love” during our 30 Stories in 30 Days for National Donate Life Month! Today is our final day of the series (and the month), so we are featuring the tattoos submitted by our audience members who did not take part in our Q&A session. Instead, we have a photo of their tattoo and a brief explanation of what it means to them. Enjoy!
“This is my leg piece in honor of my son, Mason, who became a donor to four lucky people. My tattoo shows God’s hand guiding Mason to heaven. Mason is accompanied by his favorite stuffed animal, his little deer. The butterfly is symbolic to many religions as one’s soul leaving the body on his journey to heaven (we had a lot of butterflies around us around the time he passed), the lamb represents purity and innocence and was a perfect place for the Gift of Life symbol. The sunset sky makes me think how beautiful the view from heaven must be.”
“After a long struggle with a lung issue, my father received his double lung transplant in August of 2002, only to die of an infection in October. My father, and now I as well, was a big fan of David Bowie, especially his Ziggy Stardust days. The lightening bolt was his so called “symbol” and the quote reads “Oh love, you’re not alone” and is from the last song on the album. Whenever I need strength, I look to this and remind myself to promote people to donate.”
“This is in memory of my husband, Dave Transue. He had the biggest heart and it was unfortunately what led to his sudden death in December, 2012… he was 29. Being a donor was never a question as Dave and I have been passionate about donation almost as long as we were together. It started when I registered as a marrow donor when a friend’s mom was diagnosed with Leukemia. And it only grew from there, particularly because of my sorority sister, Julie, who inspired us all with her courage and strength she showed through her struggles with cystic fibrosis right up until she passed in January of 2011. It was because of Julie that Dave and I participated in Philadelphia’s Donor Dash that year (and my family continues to do so…and more friends will be joining us this year!)
This tattoo is on my right wrist and symbolizes Dave’s wonderful heart and our unity through music that will last, Always.
I just recently received a letter from a donor recipient that absolutely touched my heart and soul. I know it would make Dave so happy and proud that he continues helping others even in death.”
“My daughter designed this and has it she gave me her Dad her kidney.”
“I will be getting this one soon. Transplant was 12/9/10.”
“I donated a kidney to my older brother in 2008. He passed away in 2012, but those extra 4 years will forever be cherished. This is on my back and he had a matching one on his stomach.”