I love how art transforms. It can transform perspectives, ideas, and even mediums. How its beginnings can be a spark in one person’s mind and connect to so many others through inspiration. I do not mean to sound all philosophical, but that is exactly what happened when it came to my Wonder Woman tattoo.
Roughly twenty years ago I acquired my first patch of ink. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted permanently placed upon my skin because I wanted it to mean something. Something I’ve loved since childhood, not just in recent years. A piece that I would still enjoy well into my sixties, seventies, and beyond with no regrets. That is where she came in: Wonder Woman, Amazon, Diana, Princess of Themyscria. I owned towers of her comic books and watched the campy television show faithfully as a kid. She was my symbol of Balance and all the fantastic possibilities a woman could be. Wonder Woman was and is limitless to me.
Fast forward to my early twenties and you’d find me sitting in a little tattoo parlor on the Eastside, getting etched the WW symbol on my upper arm. The tattoo artist even included hokey blue and red stars, but at the time I didn’t care. It was my first tattoo and I was thrilled. Over the years I protected that ink with sunscreen and would occasionally have to explain to strangers why it was NOT the World Wrestling Federation logo inked on my arm.
I don’t know exactly why this year I decided to make some changes in my life. There is nothing particularly spectacular or relevant about the year 2014, but for the longest time as the ink thinned under my skin, I decided it was time for an upgrade. The Powers That Be (TM) must have heard me because within a few months every little thing clicked into place like a Tetris game.
First, I was greatly inspired by Meagan Marie’s interpretation of Warrior Wonder Woman. A professional cosplayer in her spare time, photos of Meagan’s cosplay were placed upon the interwebz and the moment I saw what she helped create, I KNEW that’s what I wanted for my tattoo. I never considered Wonder Woman strictly a diplomat or Goddess of Truth. At her core Wonder Woman is also an Amazon. A Warrior. One who defends the weak and brings justice to the guilty. Megan’s artistic collaboration with illustrator Tess Fowler personified it.
If I am citing my sources correctly, Meagan approached Tess with an idea for a Warrior Wonder Woman costume. They collaborated on the design and when it was finalized, Meagan created the costume. You may read about Meagan’s experience with Warrior Wonder Woman here http://www.meagan-marie.com/warriorwonderwoman/#more-3323 on her blog. She goes into great account of what it took to bring this project to life.
Once created, it was then photographed. It was that photo session which created two of my favorites pieces. This one….