Tuesday, January 20, 2015
My name is Addie Audette. One aspect of myself that is often unexpected is that I have 2 tattoos. most people say "wow I didn't expect you to have a tattoo!" But, the truth is, the tattoos don't only represent my personality, but also my life, my family, and my father. My dad committed suicide when I was 14 years old. The first tattoo is a quote on my side in French reading "Vivez vos rêves tous les jours" meaning "live your dreams everyday." My family is French and I have always loved the language, which is why I chose this rather than English. The quote comes from the letter my dad left my brothers and I telling us to make sure we live our dreams every day. I decided I wanted this to be a part of my body not only because it is a constant reminder to live life to the fullest not only for myself, but also for my father. Most people think it would make me sad having that on my body, but instead it encourages me to be happy and not let the burdens of my past hold me back from having a wonderful life.
The second tattoo is a horseshoe wrapped around a mountain. I have ridden horses my entire life and it is something that brings constant joy to me. The mountain inside is where I grew up skiing with my family. It was my dads wish to be cremated and have his ashes spread there, so that is what we did. The mountain on my ankle shows the front face of Stowe mountain, which forever holds a part of me, my father.
My tattoos do not define me. Although there is a constant thought that tattoos are only found of criminals or people of that sort I find tattoos a beautiful way to express yourself and your life in a creative way. My oldest brother has my dads signature tattooed across his back and not only is it a beautiful reminder of his presence, but it is also something that brings us together as siblings. Losing my father was a horrible experience, but this is my creative way I found to express myself in such a tragic time.