The other day, Justine and I were sitting in a Starbucks near our house enjoying some time just the two of us, no kids! We were scheduling the next week or so of posts here at the blog and brainstorming for some new creative ideas. We really enjoy branching out and trying to find another way other than the traditional review to share books.
While we were throwing around idea I immediately thought of my friend Rhiannon. She’s absolutely beautiful and has some great book-inspired tattoos. Justine loved the idea and I immediately texted her to see if she’d be interested in us meeting with her to take pictures and interview her. I was so glad when she loved the idea, too. We met last night at The Coffee Shop is Gilbert (one of Justine’s favorite spots) and it was perfect. The sunset was almost as beautiful as Rhiannon and her gorgeous tattoos! Here are the pictures we snapped:
She was so wonderful and open about how the book inspired her to get these images. She told us that because she knew she was seeing us today, she hurried and got her Golden Snitch tattoo just that day!
Rhiannon: I started reading Harry Potter when a boy that I liked needed to read it for school. Then I thought, “Wow this book is AMAZING!” It’s so special to met because they’re the first books I really fell in love with. Then I got married and my husband and I started fighting over them, we’d get copies and fight over who got to read it first! When he started there were only 4 out and he read them all so quickly and that I couldn’t keep up! (So he didn’t read The Hunger Games before me ) We had separate bookmarks in each book.
When I first met Rhiannon, it was right before The Hunger Games movie was in theaters and she had just gotten this amazing Mockingjay tattoo. It’s one of my favorite tattoos I’ve ever seen, I love the text because you don’t often see typewriter text in tattoos:
Rhiannon: I took a picture from the first book because The Hunger Games is so amazing! A lot of my love for The Hunger Games had to do with my frustration with Bella [from Twilight]! As a mom, I wanted my kids to be able to read a story about a strong woman, and finally here’s a girl who doesn’t let boys push her around and protects her family and shoots arrows! That’s my overall love for the The Hunger Games, the story and the great female character. The quote is from Catching Fire which is my favorite book. It actually says “I am the Mockingjay” I am the one that survives the Capitol’s plan, it’s such a great powerful quote about realizing that she’s a warrior and the symbol of the freedom their rebellion.
And finally, her Divergent tattoo. The meaning of this one was so beautiful to me:
Rhiannon: I think that I would fit into Dauntless because of that tattoos and the adventure. The birdcage would be my tattoo if I were Dauntless, just like how Tris got the birds on her shoulder. It represents my theme of the book: overcoming fear, especially the fear of being Divergent. The birds represent Four and Tris. One is trapped and one is free. The birds represent freedom, freedom from fear. Overcoming fear is a huge theme in my life. I’ve dealt with a lot of fear in general, especially in dreams. To the point of waking in the middle of the night and freezing, thinking that someone must be in my house. When I shut my eyes everything is real and I can’t tell myself that it’s not. I was terrified! When I got pregnant with my first child I told myself that I can’t do this anymore, I’m going to be a mom! I can’t have any fear, I have to be the protector now! I went to a youth camp as a sponsor and I was fully delivered from my fear. Obviously, Satan can still reach people and can still try to reach my heart with fear but I have overcome it. Four is constantly telling Tris that it’s not about becoming fearless, it’s about confronting fear. And that’s why I have this on my arm: it’s not about being fearless it’s that I’m going to confront my fears and overcome this.
See what I mean about gorgeous?! Thank you so much for sharing your stories with us, Rhiannon! We had so much fun and we love your taste in books