Venefica. Buffalo, NY, USA.
Tattoos fascinate us – as they should – no other artwork is as outrageous. They are symbiotic & organic, sharing each breath we take upon our very own skins.
Tattoos allow freaks to be freakier, artists to be more artistic, conservatives to break out, and they allow all of us to express ourselves to the extreme.
At their best, tattoos serve as a reflection of our own psyche.
Tattoos are visual landmarks upon our journey through life, bearing witness to our soul’s depth, and constantly reminding us of our personal history.
I got my first and largest tattoo over fifteen years ago. Tattoos weren’t as commonplace back then, at least not big tattoos on women, and this was certainly uncommon in the South.
Some folks have guardian angels – I’ve got dragons.
Each dragon tattoo represents specific personalities that hang out with me.
Since birth, these personalities have shared my being. They express independent thoughts, visions, messages, and perspectives. After awhile, I thought I should externalize them in the form of tattoos – it just seemed logical to “flesh them out.”
Dragons represent a clean, calculating energy to me. They neither request nor require approval. They are wholly uncompromising, and are the epitome of fluidity and strength. When it came time to flesh out the non-local personalities I host – dragons proved to be the perfect vehicle.
Seven tattoos, and over a decade later, we’re all one big happy family.
I’m often asked: “What about when you’re 90 years old?” We don’t abandon our friends and family because they get wrinkly or weathered – same holds true for the energy that’s represented in my ink.
The next question comes: “Would you do it again?” Absolutely. Each tattoo is a brother or sister – each is an ocean of contemplation. My tattoos hold specific patterns of thoughts and beliefs – expressing them outwardly is a conscious choice I’ll continue to make without reserve or regret.
A. Venefica is a successful writer, artist, & psychic who specializes in esoteric and symbolic knowledge. Check out her website on symbol meanings at
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