Chanelle Richardson's Blackbirds

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Name: Chanelle Richardson
Age: 29 years old and I had my blackbird tattoos done this year.

My Arm Pieces: I have three red winged blackbirds on one inner forearm, and a fourth blackbird perched in a tree on the other. Together they tell a collective story of freedom and truth.

I chose four birds because I am a "four" in the enneagram, a model of personality types. Fours tend to be free spirits, and blackbirds signify this for me.

The tree represents unchanging solidarity -- a place to call home, which for me is truth. Truth is found in inner freedom.

I love looking down at my arms and seeing my story told in such a beautiful way. And a lot of people ask me why I got the tattoos oriented "upside down"...

My answer? So I could see and enjoy them. This was for me.

Next Tattoo?
I am plotting my next tattoo to be a keyhole over my heart. I wonder if anyone will ever find the key to unlock it ...

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