Tattoos are interesting. They are both deeply personal and profoundly public.
It’s not surprising that for many people, they make a strong statement about our priorities and wellbeing.
Some people go for a motto for life. Think “carpe diem” and “memento mori”. Some choose the name of a loved one, or an image of something meaningful. For many people the message to the rest of the world and the private meaning are slightly different. A butterfly can be a pretty picture, but also a symbol of recovery.
But one girl has used text to take this double meaning to a new level. Her tattoo, when viewed from an observer’s point of view reads “I’m fine”. But when viewed upside-down, from her own perspective, the message reads “save me”.
That’s a divide that many of us are familiar with- and that our community correspondent Emma summed up brilliantly in a comic strip a couple of months back.
We love that this girl used her tattoo as a way of “coming out” about her mental health problems by posting it to facebook. Sometimes, just having a way to start the conversation can make all the difference.