Facebook people got a preview, but here’s the unveiling for everyone else: My new #tattoo has escaped from its plastic wrap cocoon! #Vulcan calligraphy for Kol-Ut-Shan, the philosophy of #IDIC, Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. Particularly appropriate in these times, I believe. (And #StarTrek has always been political, progressive, and social justice minded. Ahem.) #llap 🖖

Sometime between April 8th and April 10th, I thought this stuff was interesting. You might think so too!

My one #tattoo…so far. Funny thing is, I don’t even really remember quite when I got it, only that it was a couple years or so before I left Alaska (so…1998/99-ish?). I have plans for one, perhaps two more…but one of those I’ve had in mind for nearly as long as I’ve had this one, so it obviously isn’t a terribly high priority. Just something to get around to eventually. (152/366)

My tattooThis actually came about from an e-mail I was writing tonight, and I thought it was a bit too good to lose into the great bit bucket in the sky.

The meaning behind it…well, it’s kind of my life view. I’ve always liked the concept of the yin-yang — that in life there is always light and dark, good and bad, and they’re intertwined and essential to each other, you can’t have one without the other, and if you did, then it would render it meaningless without the other as a comparison.

My tattooBut when I found the design with the smileys integrated into it, it really struck a chord with me, in that much of my outlook on life is that no matter what happens to me, good or bad, there will always be something to balance it, and when things do get bad, one, they’ll get better at some point, and two, there is always something to laugh at or smile about in whatever’s going on in order to help me make it through it. I’ve seen lots of people get amazingly depressed over some stuff that, while it may seem mindblowing at first, always has some benefit to it. I guess it’s kind of related to two overused sayings — “For every cloud there is a silver lining”, and Nietzche’s (sp?) “What does not kill me makes me stronger”, but it’s not really either of those through and through…just something that means a lot to me.