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single koru I am a full time writer, a sometime musician, and a hopeless cat lady. I'm much more boring than I used to be, which probably isn't saying all that much. I like to cook, I know a lot of interesting people, and I have some pictures. double koru

The images on this page are the designs I used for my tattoos. The two spiralesque designs are variations on the Maori koru (pronounced kaw-roo), which is meant to represent a new shoot of a fern opening up, thus symbolizing growth, rebirth, and new beginnings. The simpler single koru was my first tattoo. I got the idea when my friend Jenine sent me a koru bone carving from New Zealand. I'd been wanting a tattoo for a long time, but I was waiting for just the right image. we mean no harm to your
planet When I opened the package, I knew I'd found it.

The third design is a Pictish stone carving. I found the image on the web, at a site with a variety of other designs. It's in among some animal forms, but they label it a flower. It doesn't look at all like a flower to me, though -- it looks like a smiling alien with eyestalks. Proof of ancient astronauts? Perhaps, but once I'd had the tattoo done, I discovered that when you tip it to the left, it's obviously meant to be a snail.

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