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Scarred for Life

"Scarred For Life" By Parrish Coleman This is an account of an ink rubbing that I gave myself one night. Since then the ink has ran and faded out, now I have a highly visible scar on my right upper arm. For the longest time, I had wanted to be able to visually express myself to people. Being able to have piercings, tattoos and mods is probably the best way to do so. Don't think I am going around telling people to tear up their bodies for the sake of art on their own. They can go to someone who has been trained in the various methods of body modification / art and be insured of a helthy recovery and good outcome. August 8, 2000- 2 days after Ozzfest where the idea came about. Ok I came home from a concert in Nashville TN to go see Soulfly and all those bands on the Ozzfest bill. I saw Max C. from soulfly after the show and was just blown away by some of the art this man had on his body. He had his arms, legs, neck, and back covered with tattoos. I saw one and said to myself, "I must do this in some form or fashion " On the way home I started drawing up ideas for what I was going to do. Once I got home I decided I would wait a few days and see if I really wanted to do this. I was kind of worried about messing it up and having a big ugly mark on me for the rest of my life, but that was just one of the thoughts I had running through my mind about giving myself a branding / tattoo. August 10, 2000- That weekend when I finally decided to go through with the process. A few days later, I came home pretty hammered and said "fuck it, I'm doing it and I will be proud of it." I went to the kitchen and got a surgical knife and rag, and came back to my room and got the ink out. Slowly I began to cut the design into my arm. Oddly enough, I was able to do it freehanded. This kind of suprised me because I am not really known for my artistic ability. After maybe 10 to 15 minutes, the nerves in my arm started to say "Okay, enough, this is not posed to be going on", but my mind was telling me how great it was to feel the kind of rush of doing it. I finished carving this design into my flesh, and walked to the bathroom to look at it. I had to wipe a lot of blood off before I would actually see it well, but I was impressed. I gave it a few minutes and decided I would try and do an ink rubbing. This was a mistake, but I did not know it at that time. The Indian ink seemed to just burn for days. After the wound began to heal, I could tell there was a thick black outline around the design. It completely resembled the little emblem on the soulfly cover with a few words I had added under it. These words were "fly soul fly" in memory of a friend I had lost not too long ago. August 14, 2000- Completely healed. I can visibly see the design and words. After a few days the swelling was completely gone, and it felt as if I was born with that little mark on me. Over the course of the rest of August, people who saw my body art wanted to know who did it and what it meant and all that. They were amazed that I did it myself. It probably was not the smartest thing to do, but there are laws in Mississippi that kept me from going to the parlor and having it professionally done. I see myself going to a good tattoo parlor in the future and having them go back over it and filling it in with green ink and outlining it with yellow. This will be a constant memory for me and I will be proud to this day that I did this. In my future years, I plan on getting even further into body art. I want to get some 3d arm on my wrists and some piercing and the like. It's a great form of art. Too bad people don't really give artist due credit. February 19, 2001 - By now, the ink has run and the words are no longer there. I now have a bright white scar of the symbol on my arm. I believe that I will just let it disappear over time, or have it covered up by something done by a professional. It is worth the trouble and time to have a work of art last a lifetime.


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on: 21 Feb. 2001
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