Friday, July 30, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
I've wanted a tattoo for several years but never knew what I wanted to get or where to put it. I decided a while back that I would finally get a tattoo after my 100th dive. For me, getting to my 100th dive was a major milestone. I'm not comfortable in the water but I've been able to overcome my fears to become a fairly decent scuba diver. My 100th dive was on June 15. I got my tattoo on July 12. I searched the internet to try and find ideas of what I wanted. I kind of knew I wanted something tribal looking. I also wanted something that only divers get to see. I finally decided that I wanted the outline of a ray with a shark inside. We saw a spotted ray in the Bahamas and it was beautiful. The average person can see a ray in an aquarium, but it's really amazing to see them in the wild. For me, the ray represents the beauty of the ocean that only a very few get to see. The shark represents how I was able to overcome my fears to do something I've wanted to do my whole life. Learning to dive was not easy for me. It took a long time before I felt good in the water. The trip to the Bahamas in June was amazing. I finally felt like a diver. My tattoo is simply an acknowledgement of all that I've accomplished the past few years both in the water and on dry land.