I’ve always used getting tattooed during rough times as another means of self harm, I have numerous all over my skin. This way I still feel the pain but I’m left with a different kind of scar afterwards.
This medusa inspired tattoo is a commemoration to my battle with borderline personality disorder and being a survivor of child abuse.
Medusa is a character of one of the most well known Greek mythology’s, however, society’s view of her in this myth has depicted her as monster. Delving into her background, she was a very beautiful and faithful woman who was a victim of a vicious crime. She was deeply devoted to the Greek goddess Athena, and the requirement of being so devoted to her was she remain a virgin and gives her all to Athena. However, Poseidon, god of the sea, Athena’s arch enemy sought to humiliate Athena and raped Medusa on the steps of Athena’s temple. Medusa vulnerable and weak praying for guidance became Poseidon’s wife, the betrayal Athena felt caused her to curse medusa so no one would want her, sending her to a lonely island, cursing her with snakes for hair, metal wings, madness, stone like skin, chicken legs and eyes that would turn any man to stone if they looked into them. Men were sent to kill her capturing her head for Athena, to which Perseus succeeded. Medusa was now brandished a monster punished for someone else’s actions.
Her story very much resonates with my battle with bpd and it’s something I’m proud to wear and a chapter I’m starting to close after working so hard to move past in therapy.