I have been asked about this tattoo and its meaning at least ten times by strangers this summer alone. I always say "I drew it in High school. It was meant to represent my restlessness and my need to do all the things- that I need more than just two arms to carry what this world demands of me". What's sort of fitting is that I feel I am embodying this version of myself more than I imagined was possible this year... Participating/planning/strategizing/hosting a variety of projects and working multiple jobs to expand my experience and knowledge as an artist outside of an institutional academic learning environment has been trying, intensive and rewarding. It has been humbling and has taught me a lot about patience, especially on the hardest days or weeks. I have felt my learning curves nudge anything surrounding processes to making art, how to inspire oneself, community, queerness, my Blackness, my feminine and sexual energy, body movement, food and health, building... all of which enrich the artistic practice that is part of my core self. All of which I have gathered despite this restless, stirred up, unsettling body. I carry all of my learnings with my many restless, labouring phantom limbs. Until I can no longer create, I will.
Tattoo by Kurtis Worth from Legacy on Almon Street. It's 3 years old.
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