Name: Meghan Sara
Occupation: Tour guide for Ghosts, Murders, and Mayhem Walking Tours in NYC (http://ghostsandmurders.com/)
Tell me about your very first tattoo.
The Arabic word for "fearless" on my chest in 2003, which I got covered up/worked into the roses in 2013.
Do your tattoos effect your job, have they in the past?
Not in the slightest. I worked at a school around children (gasp! clutch pearls!) and nobody cared. If anything, the kids thought they were cool. As a ghost tour guide, many of my patrons love my tattoos and want to talk about them or swap stories about their own tattoos!
What, if any, discrimination or bullying have you encountered due to being tattooed?
Walking around town with visible tattoos means comments ranging from the lame but predictable "like your tattoos!" or "Damn, tattoos, girl!" to the absolutely bizarre (swear this really happened) shouting at me outside the laundromat "I wish it was Springtime so your petals would fall off" like, ?!?!?! He was probably talking about the roses on my chest which was puzzling because, does that mean he wants the flesh on my chest to fall off? Does he want me to expose my bosom? I had no idea what he was even talking about.
Are your friends and family into body modification too? If not what do they think of yours?
Would you be surprised to hear I'm the only tattooed person in my family? My little 90-year-old Grandma put her hands on my chest tattoo to see it, then grabbed me on the neck and said "stop getting tattoos!" which is actually kind of funny when you consider what a boisterous badass my 90-year-old Grandma is. My dad struggled to be cool with it, and I suspect (though he's never said as much) he rather enjoys having "his saying" as one of my tattoos. Though he'd probably rather I put it on a T-shirt than my skin. My friends are all VERY supportive, some have tattoos themselves, others come to me seeking advice on tattoos. I am by no means an expert, but I'm happy to talk tats with anyone who asks!
Show us your favorite piece and talk us through it.
That's really hard - I love the roses across my chest so much because they're so beautiful and make me feel really "complete" but the piece on my upper left arm has a more personal story. It began 11 years prior with the Hedwig piece, very small, which I got done during a class break at college at a shop down the road! I had always wanted a bigger piece but pain and money kept me from fulfilling the dream. So finally a year and a half ago, I took a complicated idea to tattoo artist Scarlet Sinclair, saying "I want this saying of my dad's on a blue ribbon in a gilded frame around the face with cherry blossoms to symbolize the fragility of life." Two weeks later, I saw her design and I was BLOWN AWAY. I couldn't have ever imagined something so amazing, and I was instantly filled with the craving to have it on me. I love everything about it: how happy my Hedwig face looks, the way the flowers are in transition from bloom to death, and the lines of the ribbon across my arm!
Which tattoo of yours has the most meaning or sentimental-ness behind it? Do you think all tattoos should have meaning?
The star on my hand has absolutely no meaning whatsoever. I just liked it. All of my other tattoos have LOADS of sentimental meaning. I got the star done as an afterthought while doing the heart on my wrist. A friend of mine passed away suddenly over Christmas back in 2010, and he had always wanted a heart tattoo to symbolize his struggle with heart disease. He passed away before ever having that tattoo done, and I knew I wanted to get one in his memory. He's never far from my mind.
Are you planning any more?
Yes, but don't tell my mom - she will hire an assassin to come after me (probably).
In one sentence what would you tell someone who asked, 'Did it hurt?' ?
I stole this phrase from...I don't remember where, but someone classy once said, "No, darling, they were licked on by kittens."
Leave us with some words of wisdom regarding body modification.
Contrary to the kitten remark above, it does hurt. But I think it's your decision and ultimately, you have the choice to do what makes you happy. People do a lot of things to modify their body: breast implants, nose jobs, ear piercing, body building, hair dying, makeup - it's always your choice and you shouldn't be made to feel guilty for whatever you're doing to your body. As the tattoo on my upper arm reads, "Do Not Take Life Too Seriously -- You Will Never Get Out Of It Alive!"
Yet another beautiful Inked and Awesome beauty this month, I'm sure you'll agree! A huge big thank you to Meghan for sharing her tattoo story with us all and I hope you'll all enjoyed and make sure to pop over to her blog to show her some love!
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