We need it. We bury our dead, leave flowers for remembrance, send notes of gratitude, condolence, and get well wishes. We walk down aisles, throw bouquets and garters, speak vows till death do us part.
Symbolism matters to mankind. We long for story, layers, continuity, and legend. We mythologize the mundane: we toast our shit to heaven.
And we are free to create, define, and celebrate our myth in our own special way.
Tree’s sister Indra, his brother Adam, his mother Angela, and Tree share a family tattoo. It’s a personal ritual, one created and honored by a small few. The symbol is Fe, which means Faith in spanish.
It represents an undying allegiance to family and a belief in the bond that explains their history, the one that weights their being, that drives their dreams of days to come.
They asked me if I would like to wear Fe too.
Yes! Yes! I do!
I feel so honored–so blessed–to be embraced with such love and by such strength.
The whole family traveled to Hood River to welcome me into their tribe. Angela and Indra. My mom and sister. I love these women.
Tree with Adam, my brother. Now I have a brother, and I love him so!
Our niece and nephew, Nica and Theo. The newest members of the family. Total gems!
Our amazing Aunt Debby has the warmest heart! Thank you for my own boa so now I, too, can dance with all you wild childs of grammy, celebrating life as it comes (the boa dance is yet another family ritual that I have been fortunate enough to be inducted into).
Our other Mom Cheryll who opens her home and life to us posing with Debby’s husband, Uncle Barry
The super parents, Indra and Brent
I feel so lucky to have such an amazing family.
Looking at my new tattoo, I see the spanish meaning of faith as well as the periodic table symbol for iron, which signifies strength and stability. And I can’t think of any image that captures my personal creed more…..
I have an iron faith in love. – Stevie
Thank you Kim from Raven’s Eye Body Art in Hood River, OR for the first class experience and the great job on my new tattoo!