Mark Uttech wrote:
Tattoos have always made me think of children who write and draw on themselves when they first discover ink pens or magic markers. It is a vain attempt to keep something; like when a photographer takes a photo of lightning or a sunrise or sunset; or of anything, for that matter. In aikido we have "ichigo,ichiei": this one moment will not come again.
I can understand that. Every time I open the same book, the story inside might seem different, or I might find something that I missed before, because a different man is reading it each time. I think that is part of the reason that I'm glad I got the tattoo in the first place. When I look at it, sometimes I think of the "me" that no longer exists.