Octopus epiphany.

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So I have a weird obsession with cephalopods. They are by far one of the most interesting creatures on the planet. The octopus is the king (even though giant squids are larger). They are intelligent hunters of the sea. Their problem solving skills are on the level of higher primates. They can change color and form to evade predators and ambush prey. There are a couple theories being thrown around that their entire bodies are filled with neurons making them made up of a brain. And that they may not even originally be of our planet (this is just a comment on how much different they are from the rest of the animal kingdom).
I believe my obsession with them is because they transform to their environment so well and I find myself able to do that as well. Even when I am uncomfortable I am usually great at blending in wherever I find myself. I would rather disappear with my surroundings but I will attack if the need arises. Maybe this is a great thing, maybe it is a fault, but it is who I am…
Joe the human octopus. Fear me!

Ink me baby one more time.

Héctor the octopus
Héctor the octopus
The jolly roger
The jolly roger
Krieg und frieden
Krieg und frieden

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I have six tattoos, four pictured here. I couldnt find pictures of the other two and i am too lazy to ask my coworker to take pictures of them. Each one has significance to who i am.

My newest tattoo is Héctor the octopus which is pictured first. I have always found Cephalopods to be one of the most interesting creatures. They are highly intelligent invertebrates, who adapt instantaneously to their environment. Avid hunters, but are some times prey for other predators. I fancy myself to be similar to the octopus so it seemed to be a logical tattoo choice.

The second tattoo pictured is a tattoo I’ve had for about 11 years. Everyone should recognize the jolly roger. I decided to add the mohawk to the classic jolly roger. It represents the group of friends i had in the army,and we called ourselves the land locked pierats. We were young and rebellious and understood we were tools of war. Pawns of military-industrial complex, accepting or fate that we may die at any moment in service to our nation and embracing death as a comrade and natural order.

The last two are my guns. They are .44 magnums with krieg and frieden (war and peace) embossed on the barrels. I have had a saying since my time in the military that goes, “Only death can take my sword!” I won’t stop fighting for what i believe in, until my heart stops beating. Krieg is on my right arm which is my dominant hand. It’s the arm i favor in throwing punches and the one that pulls the trigger on my firearms. Frieden is on my left arm close to my heart.

I also have a battle worn Texas flag on a sabre because being a Texan is who i am and I’m proud to be one.

I want more, so many more. The urge for needle and ink to create beautiful art on a living canvas is always present. They are not for everybody, but for those who have them they understand the want for more. I’m just debating on what to get next.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Tattoo….You?.”