Mie Nouwen (BE), banker, Overpelt

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And so is the truth…

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I choose my tattoos so that they mean something, at least to me. The one on my lower leg says “Memento Mori”; understand that we’re all mortal, and we’d better make the most of our time while we’re around.

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The tattoo on my upper leg is inspired by a drawing I saw in a museum in Edinburgh, Scotland. In a way it is a concealed but heartfelt middle finger to everyone and all that is shallow or superficial in this world: did you see the ugly skull, or did you make the effort to take a closer look? You might have seen the beautiful lady in front of her mirror. That’s how I try to live my life; I like to have a second look at things, postpone the judgement if you will. You never know what you might see if you take a moment to see things from another perspective. I guess you could say that in that regard, this tattoo repels the right kind of people, while drawing in the kindred spirits.

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My backpiece has 2 butterflies in which we incorporated the eyes of my cats. It also includes references to a couple of people close to me that I’ve lost over the years: my brother who took his own life, and a dear friend who died in a motorcycle accident. Memento mori, right?”

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