My parents got divorced when I was really young and I think after a while I was a vegetarian and into hard-core, metal music.
I think those things kind of made me not hurt so much, the tattoos and all those kind of things gave me a sense of community. It made me stronger.
My dad used to abuse my mom. My grandparents came and took us from my dad without him ever knowing so my first tattoo is actually of my grandparents. It says lucky, because how lucky we were to have them in our lives.
I keep getting tattoos every time something happens in my life, good or bad. I get a tattoo just to remind myself of that moment. That way it keeps me moving, going through life. The tattoos help me get through my problems or any difficulties. Because I didn't have a close family that kind of helped me in my teenage years.
It made me realize that you choose your family, your friends can be your family. I had really good friends that kind of guided me in that direction. Of course now I have my own family, I have a husband my son. My teenager years were really rough because my family was so disruptive and disconnected but finding those people and going to shows, finding a purpose is what made me stronger.
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