The world “Erleichda” was taken from the Tom Robbins novel, Jitterbug Perfume. It means “lighten up”. The beet on the top was taken from the same novel. The beet symbolizes life and/or lust for life. I frequently battle depression and the book helped me out immensely in a particularly dark time.
“At birth we are red-faced, round, intense, pure. The crimson fire of universal consciousness burns in us. Gradually, however, we are devoured by our parents, gulped by schools, chewed up by peers, swallowed by social institutions, wolfed by bad habits, and gnawed by age; and by that time we have been digested, cow style, in those six stomachs, we emerge a single disgusting shade of brown. The lesson of the beet, then, is this: hold on to your divine blush, your innate rosy magic, or end up brown. Once you’re brown, you’ll find that you’re blue. As blue as indigo. And you know what that means, Indigo. Indigoing. Indigone.” - Tom Robbins
The image of the girl and the zebra was taken from a vintage circus photo that I fell in love with years ago. It popped back into my life shortly after reading the book.
The tattoo was done by Steve at Southside Tattoo in Ashland, OR.