SOUL ink: Ian McAndrew
Here are some of my favorite tattoos that convey my personal journey.
The cobra or snake tattoo is a symbol of constant rebirth. Snakes constantly shed their skin and I've always been a firm believer that in order to find change in your life, you need to be in the constant pursuit of change.
It's a symbol of courage and authenticity. Peacocks show their feathers when they feel threatened or need to fend off a predator. I fell in love with the idea of showing every part of who you are to scare away the things that you don't want around you. I really find it fascinating that they their beauty shows when they want a threat to leave them alone and I do my best to live authentically.
These are three simple verbs that hit on what we so often miss. We forget to be who we are because the world tells us to be somebody else. We forget to love because we become clouded by negativity and judgment. We forget to live because we have allowed fear to be too strong. I wanted them on my bicep to remind me that when we decide to BE authentically, LOVE whole-heartedly and LIVE fully, we are our strongest.
I managed a restaurant in NYC at the time I got this one. I was 20 and working 70-hour weeks for $40K a year and I was absolutely miserable. One of the biggest things was that I never saw my family during this job and they were just out on Long Island. I used this as my reminder to "guide me home." No matter what you are doing or how busy you are, family and home is the most important thing in this world.