For the anon asking about my most personal tattoo…
This is it. I initially had the first outline done in June of 2001 in Singapore. Just a few months before 9/11 when the nature of my U.S. military service would forever change.
I wanted a Navy tattoo but I didn’t want a traditional Navy tattoo, settling instead on something nautical related to my then-career field, navigation.
At first I simply thought it was a cool idea. Then the metaphor changed and it did feel as if I was carrying the weight of the world on my back. Since then, that burden has lifted, and I felt it appropriate to get the map filled in, colored, tea-stained, on a torn map.