Sometime between engagement and marriage, Elias and I toyed with the idea of getting matching tattoos. We decided on a design and a location but it remained somewhat of a dare until the last day of our honeymoon when on a bit of an impulse, we each got a solid black star tattooed on our wrists at a little shop in Hanalei Bay. Since that day, roughly four years ago, we have wanted another.
Through the years I have come up with many ideas, good and bad. For some reason it has always felt to me like we had to be in it together. Perhaps this stems from the fact that I hate to do things alone and I cant make a decision to save my life. Every time I brought an idea to Elias, I got either a kind let down or solid no.
Finally, one of my suggestions struck a chord with him. We would each get a piece of the song “Cold Harbor Road” by Stornoway. The first time Elias heard this song, he sent me a verse via text as we often do when a song reminds us of the other. Since then, it has held a place in each of our hearts (read more here).
We each chose the beginning line of a verse:
I am a seabird, you are the Arctic Ocean.
I am a small town, you are a tornado.
Choice of lyrics was easy, location was a bit more of a challenge, but the biggest decision was typography. My sister had told me about a calligrapher who had done some tattoo design, we were sold. I contacted Mara Zepeda and we commissioned her to draw our lyrics. The outcome was breath taking. It was a tough choice:
The final step was to get them permanently inked on our bodies. We got the opinions of some of our friends on artists and the vote was unanimous that we should go to SuperGenius. Ashley Wollaston was our artist and she did a beautiful job translating Mara’s calligraphy to our skin.