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the story behind my matchbox tattoo

the story behind my matchbox tattoo

Going to Paris with Corrie in July was one of the most magical experiences of my life. Strange coincidences occurred often, extraordinary sights were seen, kind people were met. Paris is unlike anywhere else in the world. 

After visiting Jim Morrison's grave in Pere Lachaise to lay red roses, the decision was quasi-spontaneously made to commemorate the trip with matching tattoos. By some luck, Hand and Glove tattoo parlor happened to be a few minutes away and it felt like the perfect moment for it. The artist was extraordinary and created a design which is altogether cohesive with what I imagined. It's simple whilst being deeply meaningful to me. The design is a melange of various concepts, including these:

  • I chose to include the French word for 'always' in mine, as a reference to the 'we will always have Paris' line in Casablanca. Corrie's one says 'l'allumette', the French word for 'match.' Other than that, both are entirely identical. 

  • Corrie works in theatrical lighting design. The matches are a symbol of her capacity to create light in a dark theatre and to control it.

  • Earlier that week, we brought some vintage boxes of matches from an antique market. There was something poetic about standing at the open window of our apartment, her sipping red wine, I drinking freshly brewed coffee, and lighting cigarettes with matches. Matches are an example of something so simple which can create a moment of strange wonder. I love the idea of them as a metaphor for hope eradicating darkness- no matter how dark it is, a match will always briefly light everything up.

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  • Finally, it also works as a pun related to having matching tattoos. Literally, matching. Yep, it's deep.

It’s my sixth tattoo and all having meaning to me, so I’m planning on writing a series of posts about each of them. Would you be interested in reading that? Let me know in the comments!

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// Rosie

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