Birds and Langston Hughes Tattoo

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Title

Birds and Langston Hughes Tattoo

Subject

Tattoo Art
Langston Hughes
Birds
LGBTQ people
Parental Grief
Autobiographical memory

Description

Tattoo of birds in flight added to an existing tattoo with part of a quote from Langston Hughes, “Free within Ourselves” encircling forearm.

“When people ask about the meaning, it’s sometimes easier just to focus on the words, as they apply to race and sexuality and the freedom to be true to oneself, loving yourself in spite of the obstacles before you. The birds are meant to connect to those words and ideas, but for me they have another meaning, too. During my pregnancy, images of birds kept coming up for me, and I felt that they represented, in a way, the next chapter of my life. I was planning on decorating the baby’s room with birds, and for a while, I was considering getting a dove tattoo after the baby was born. Of course, all of that symbolism shifted when the baby died. But these birds still represent to me new life, unconditional love for self and others, and freedom. They remind me that I don’t have to let go of all of the positive changes the baby brought to my life—changes like focusing more on self-care than I ever had before, and trusting in the path I'm walking, even if I meet unexpected turns. And the act itself, of putting this art permanently on my body, also holds meaning, as this baby’s love was so special to me, and I know it will never leave me.”

Creator

Participant in Reproductive Losses Research Project

Source

Personal Collection of LGBTQ Reproductive Losses Study Participant

Publisher

unpublished

Date

Circa 2007

Contributor

Participant in LGBTQ Reproductive Losses Research Project
Craven, Christa
Lang, Ella

Format

jpeg

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Identifier

Birds and Langston Hughes_01

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Tattoo

Citation

Participant in Reproductive Losses Research Project, “Birds and Langston Hughes Tattoo,” LGBTQ+ Reproductive Loss, accessed August 17, 2019, https://lgbtqreproductiveloss.org/items/show/10.

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