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location:  Body Art  >  Tattoo  >  Blue Star

I got my second tattoo in March 2002. It is of the negative space of a blue star located on my left wrist, right under my watch. Traditionally, butches would get a blue star under their watchband as a "secret sign" sort of thing.

Most would not say that I am butch, and I wholeheartedly agree. All in all, I try not to pin myself down to one label, and even if I had to, I would not label myself as 'butch.' However, when it comes down to it, a very large part of the way I am, the way I act, the way I carry myself, the way I pursue romantic interestes, etc. is based on my natural impulse to be 'butch.' It stretches way beyond opening doors for people or putting my own problems aside for others...it's more than that. And so I wanted the star.

But because I don't identify as the tradtional "butch," at least right now, I wanted to get it as the negative space of the star, but in the same color. A couple months later I got it touched up, and I love it more than I would have ever expected.

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