Iris on Back Tattoo

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Title

Iris on Back Tattoo

Subject

Tattoo Art
Memorial
Botanical Illustration
LGBTQ people
Parental Grief
Autobiographical memory

Description

Tattoo of single iris sketched in black ink that covers the full length of one mother’s back in remembrance of she and her partner’s daughter. Her partner was pregnant when she had gotten the tattoo and planned to get the same image after breastfeeding.

“We got a lot of flowers and stuff [after we lost our child,] but a close friend who lives out of state sent us a dozen long stemmed blue irises the day after we lost her and that [became] her flower. So, the invitations to the memorial had an iris on them, and that’s the tattoo. Irises became very symbolic for us.”

“We both would ultimately like to get the iris tattoo. [My partner] got it [on her back] right before I got pregnant, and so I plan on getting it after I finish breastfeeding [our second child].”

Creator

Participant in Reproductive Losses Research Project

Source

Personal Collection of LGBTQ Reproductive Losses Study Participant

Publisher

unpublished

Date

Circa 2011

Contributor

Participant in LGBTQ Reproductive Losses Research Project
Craven, Christa
Lane-Davies, Hannah

Rights

Format

jpeg

Language

eng

Type

Still Image

Identifier

Iris on Back_01

Citation

Participant in Reproductive Losses Research Project, “Iris on Back Tattoo,” LGBTQ+ Reproductive Loss, accessed August 17, 2019, https://lgbtqreproductiveloss.org/items/show/6.

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