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Colorful Tattoo Parlor

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Photos taken by contributor Danielle, a woman who has been diagnosed with many mental health issues, especially major depressive disorder. Photography has been a helpful tool through the darkness of depression.

About these photos: “I took these photographs in a tattoo shop recently while I was waiting to get my own. I am calling my new art a “recovery tattoo,” because I am hoping it will mark the beginning of movement in a positive direction, away from the depression and madness into which I had been slipping. The shop was a very cool place, so full of life, history, and color. It was colorful both visually, and filled with colorful people. I couldn’t help but take lots of photos while I was waiting for my turn. I especially loved the hundreds of yellowed drawings taped to the walls of old tattoos. They were so pretty – many vintage-looking pinups and mermaids – I wanted them all! I felt a connection to the hundreds of people who must have sat in that very same spot, anxious and excited, waiting to get an important image or message on their bodies that they still have today. I know I for one will be inspired by mine for the rest of my life. Every time I see it, even when I am depressed, I think of hope and rebirth. All thanks to this quirky and colorful shop.

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9 comments on “Colorful Tattoo Parlor

  1. Fotoreparatøren
    April 5, 2013

    ” Photography has been a helpful tool through the darkness of depression.” I can relate to that. I have also been diagnosed whit major depressive disorder. Don`t put your camera down, you got talent and its helps in when thing are dark.

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  2. Robin
    April 5, 2013

    Now that place tells a colourful story.

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  3. frizztext
    April 5, 2013

    you are right with your resume
    “Photography has been a helpful tool
    through the darkness of depression…”

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  4. tolego
    April 5, 2013

    Taking those moments to appreciate the funny things and acknowledge the beautiful things and to feel connected… are all steps forward.

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  5. mrscarmichael
    April 5, 2013

    brilliant – pre colour.

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  6. OyiaBrown
    April 6, 2013

    Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

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  7. Emily
    April 6, 2013

    Great shop….I loved the signs.

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  8. suej
    April 7, 2013

    These are great…keep up the camera work.

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