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believe me. by TheMeConspiracy believe me. by TheMeConspiracy
the tattoo says "man manyate," sanskrit for "to believe"

i've always had trouble finding something to believe in--in religion, in other people, in myself, etc. a person is nothing without their convictions. you need something to believe in, something to keep you going, a reason to get up in the morning. its something i've really struggled with my entire life and had lots of problems because of. getting the tattoo was really important to me. i dont think i could really be able to explain all of my reasons. it was my first tattoo and i tried to talk to my mom about it. i guess i wanted her support. she said she understood and wouldnt be opposed to it. over the summer my mom and i were having a difficult time getting along. at one point she said she felt like she hardly knew me anymore and that all i ever did was lie and sneak around. that i just didnt care about anyone else. she said every time she saw the tattoo on my back, she wished she could erase it from my skin. she asked me, "how could beliefs be so important to you when all you do is show others they can't believe in you?"

this is me. trying to believe in others, in myself, while misleading and taking advantage of the people who mean the most to me.
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Desihra Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2009
wow... this is awsome!
niyab00 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2009
i love this tattoo is very unique,unfortunately i couldnt find a translation site anywhere.where did u find your translation?
niyab00 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2009
Nice Tattoo,Where did you find the translation?
I gotta have one just like it!
arrozconpollo Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
the fact that you speak about trying to believe in something shows that your halfway there. whatever it is, whether you've found it already or not, is worth it.
CrimsonCravenheart Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
i speak gujerati and a lil sanskrit, lol, its a great concept and such a beautiful outcome of it
milixyz Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2008
Simplemente hermoso...Y más aún lo que escribiste , que creo haberlo repetido casi literalmente toda mi vida...Y lo mismo dijo mi mamá al ver mi primer tatuaje...Tambipen en otros idiomas y con gran significado para mi. Loved it!
ptfbby Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2007
this is very beautiful, and extremely honest.
wonderful work, and the tattoo is lovely.
jddarkdeath Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007   General Artist
Thats a very sad story, but I'm very glad to have been able to read it. I've struggled with connecting and having faith, trust and strength, and finding that thing that is uniquely you. I wish you all those things. This is a very beautiful piece, more so than its great composition, more than the light tones, more so than the sexiness, this is a personal piece of art with feeling and a story.
posdis Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2005
sexy tones.
Khan17 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2005
I know Sanskrit........U have Creativity....Just Explore Urself...good one
asylumprincess Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2005  Professional Photographer

I can actually read what your tattoo says...which got me here...this is splendid...I adore your reasons for having this done...and am strangely proud whenever I look at this picture.

A :+favlove: for sure!

Blessed Be.
TheMeConspiracy Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2005
thats amazing that you can read it.

i'm glad you appreciate it too. i often feel like people who recognize sanskrit and are culturally tied to the language look at me and they're like "what's that white girl doing with sanskrit tattoos?" i love it when people who know the language talk to me about it...but i definitely have caught a few dirty looks from people.
PrettyGirlsWithGuns Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005   Photographer
Oh wow you should add a tiny black border on this to draw more attention into the photograph! I think this is awesome, very well done!!
TheMeConspiracy Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005
i agree. i actually did add one later. there is a thin black border on the print version.

i was planning on updating the image with that version but havent gotten around to it yet...i've been so busy :)

but thanks!! glad you like it...and thanks for the :+fav: :hug:
PrettyGirlsWithGuns Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005   Photographer
You are very welcome! Also I am glad to know there is a border on the print version in case I pick on up!
TheMeConspiracy Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005
aww you're the best! that would be awesome :)

thanks so much for the :heart: and support!! :blowkiss:

aww you should bring back the body mod club....i wanna join!

PrettyGirlsWithGuns Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005   Photographer
Oh wow, it just sent me the update with the border and it looks great! I love it! For some reason this brings so much more to the photograph. When it was plain it was lacking and the picture is so awesome and beautiful that you dont want to loose the viewer so A++ on the border!
PrettyGirlsWithGuns Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2005   Photographer
Well just leave me a note so I can remember when I get back to it! And you are very welcome again!!
skysight Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005   Photographer
i just got my second tatoo, the first one that actually means something to me. the body-scar that reminds the mind it lives, there is something remarkable powerful about laying your philosophy on your skin. you've shown that power in simplicity and eleganance. i hope things with your mother resolve. you're a flown bird. and that's always sad.
velenux Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
Wonderfull concept and a neat execution!

I would have it located and angled in different places and mood, but I think it's only personal taste and vision... 8)
NinjaPhil Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
First of all, let me explain who much I like this picture. The meaning, the simplicity of the tatoo, and the honesty behind the hand gesture and the explanation. I battle with this concept alot. I want to be the best I can, and have people trust me, but I end up breaking alot of promises and hurting their feelings. It's not something humans mean to do, it just happends. There is no excuse for it, but in order to be human we have to understand that this stuff happends. Thanks for reminding me!

Second of all, reading suzi9mm's comment was the last straw. I know you encourage criticism, but her bluntness and pompous words make me realize how much I hate her. Forgive me for posting this here, hahaha I just felt like I had to say it.

Lastly, sorry that this comment is so backdated, but I really liked it! Faaaaavorite!
91percent Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005   Photographer
This photo right here is getting you a watch.
startingtohappen Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005  Student
Amazing image. I find it interesting that you chose to get it done in sanskrit. that's very unique- everybody does the japanese or chinese kanji thing, but yours is different. i'm contemplating getting mine done in arabic. anyway, it sounds like you're really close with your family. i am too, but i have learned in the past few years that i can't live to please them (particularly my mother), and that me being ME is going to conflict with what she/ they want me to be from time to time. it's not easy, but a part of life. hope this helps?
amethyste Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005   Photographer
Powerful, simple, it is really wonderful?
I must say that your composition works just great on this one. And it has a powerful meaning. nice work, your gallery is wonderful.
blindgorgon Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2005
very interesting ideas. i find that with or without a belief in a higher power, you just have to live a day at a time. sometimes i get so wrapped up in things that i forget the fact that in a few days i'll have forgotten all that happened... how important is most of what we do?
interesting thoughts.
YellowDuck6984 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2005
i love it... what is that written in?
ladyofdarkroses Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004
Simply beautiful. The meaning behind it is deep, and yet the image is very crisp and simple. It is wonderfully done.
Darkdragonfly Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2004  Professional Photographer
RegalVagrant Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004  Professional Traditional Artist
*silent nod of understanding and a prayer that you find what you're looking for*

That being said, the image and the description combine to make a powerful piece of art. Great work:D
suzi9mm Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004   Photographer
interesting cropping and well lit, although boring light but still good. fits the purpose. i like teh simplicity and colors in it. some of yout other, maybe more conceptual, stuff was interesting lokng too but it kinda looked half way done, but maybe that's just me. the earlier underwear shots didn't give me anything, i find this your best so far in some way at least.
kixxster Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004
love the photo, it does really capture you I think. Description gives it so much power.
sickinwyoming Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2004
haha not to belittle your work or anything but that's cute
i really like it
Swahvay Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Powerful words, and an excellent explanation for the photograph. There is not much more to say. Simple and effective, you did a good job.
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