This belongs to Mariel. She originally submitted her tattoo in 2012 while the site was on hiatus, so I contacted her for an update. The pictures at the top of the post were taken when the tattoo was fresh, and the pictures below were taken recently.
For the sake of authenticity, it was really important for me to get the tattoo in its original Spanish. It reads, “Nada puede matar nuestro mejor.” According to the English translation in the book, it means “Nothing is able to kill the best in us,” but I usually just tell people it means “Nothing can kill our best.” To me, this tattoo is a reminder that I am stronger than I imagine, and that life’s challenges cannot defeat what is best in me.
Pablo Neruda is one of my favorite poets. I originally fell in love with his romantic poetry, but this quotation helped me cope with my husband’s deployment to Afghanistan and all the hardship that entailed.
The font I used is Scriptina Pro.