BY JOANNA C. VALENTE
I have a tattoo on my arm that says 'witch.' Most people are freaked out when they see it, and either assume I'm a "real" witch who casts spells on people I don't like or that I'm just trying to shock. Neither of these assumptions are correct.
It's a fair question to ask someone why they chose a specific tattoo--if you're going to ink your body forever, it should mean something, right? I don't even mind explaining, but I do take offense to the incredulous tone that usually follows, usually along the lines of, "But...why?"
Here's the gist:
Luna's founding editor Lisa & I went on a weekend trip to Miami this past February. While we were there, we decided we wanted to get a tattoo together. It was a whimsical, almost impulsive decision: I casually suggested that we get matching 'witch' tattoos while we were at the pool, and of course, Lisa agreed without a second thought.
After a typical vacation day of eating and drinking, we decided to walk around until we found a tattoo parlor that wasn't "shady." We found one called Redemption Tattoo and asked if they had any openings, which they did. Right after our tattoos we were done, one of the managers said to us that, "the sky got darker all of a sudden...did you guys plan this? It's Friday the 13th."
We did not. Which made our choice even more magical. For us, our tattoos symbolize the transformative power of love and friendship, of powerful women who are not afraid to stand up for themselves and their beliefs, a nod to all the women throughout history who were ostracized for being different, for being tried unfairly as witches. For us, these tattoos represent feminism today, for not apologizing for who we are.