Human Parts
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Human Parts

The Healing Power of Ink

I found the strength to face family judgment on the other side of a tattoo gun

Photo: Roberto Peri/Cultura/Getty Images

“You’re going to feel a bit of a sting.”

I turned away as the tattoo artist leaned in, the needle humming like a dentist’s drill across my skin. It was my first tattoo, a declaration of freedom from my conservative family. They would disapprove of the permanent…

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Marcia Kester Doyle

Marcia Kester Doyle

Marcia Kester Doyle is the author of the humor book, “Who Stole My Spandex? Life In The Hot Flash Lane” and a blogger at “Menopausal Mother”