Amie Whittemore’s Milkweed (The Tattooed Poets Project)

Our subsequent tattooed poet is Amie Whittemore, who shared this tattoo:

IMG_5468%25281%2529 Amie Whittemore's Milkweed (The Tattooed Poets Project) tattoo

Amie tells us:

My milkweed pod tattoo used to be my first tattoo and one I thought of for over a yr ahead of getting inked. I sought after one thing that represented my connection to my house state of Illinois and my love of the prairie. Milkweed is one in every of my favourite local plants. Its mauve blooms with their summer-sweet odor, its seed pods, its sublime seeds all enchant me: I spent my adolescence autumns opening the pods that coated the ditches close to my area, sending seeds throughout cornfield and pasture.

I additionally sought after a tattoo that represented a spirit of rebirth and perpetual expansion—the seeds unfold up my arm and I sit up for including extra to the design in the future. I used to be frightened about getting this tattoo, no longer best as it used to be my first, but additionally as a result of there aren’t any just right milkweed tattoos on the net to make use of as a type. Thankfully, my artist, Captain Morgan (@capnmorgan13) at Acme Tattoo and Piercing in Charlottesville, VA, agreed with me and labored from some sketches and images I introduced in. The minute I noticed the design I knew it used to be a super mixing of my imaginative and prescient together with his craft.

Captain Morgan is now figuring out of Tantrum Tattoo (@tantrumtattoo) in Petersburg, Virginia.

Amie added that, “Along with getting tattoos impressed via the prairie, I write poems about it.”  The poem she despatched us, about one in every of her different favourite plants, the Prairie Onion, used to be at first revealed in F(r)iction, Factor 6:

Prairie Onion

Lavender globe, outsized lollipop, bobble-

headed dancer, I need your frowzy shazam.

So glam, even after loss of life. Bleached and fragile.

I stored your desiccate heads in a vase for years,

transposing meadow into hipster decor.

All you require is grime, rocks, sugaring of light.

I’d love to discover a phalanx of you and lie under,

mooning over a red planet sky. Discard fashionable lifestyles:
groceries, desks, displays—their companionate plumping.
Hitch to the caterpillar’s rip-off and cocoon to you,

stalk-latched,  dreaming wings. Proboscis to sip you blank.

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AmieWhittemore is the writer of the poetry assortment Glass Harvest (Autumn Space Press) and co-founder of the Charlottesville Studying Sequence in Virginia. Her poems have seemed in The Gettysburg Assessment, Sycamore Assessment, Smartish Tempo, Cimarron Assessment, and in different places. She teaches English at Heart Tennessee State College.

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