Here is Joshua’s story about his forearm tattoo for the queens of his life.
“This tattoo is dedicated to 2 strong women in my life; the matriarchs of my family and the queens of my family’s hearts: my grandmothers. Until recently, I have been fortunate to have had both of my grandmothers present in my life. Having just lost one, I wanted to pay homage to these 2 women with a permanent reminder of who they are as women, and what they stood for: family, strength, hard work, compassion, and love.
The concept of the Queen of Hearts fit the purpose of this tattoo perfectly; two queens, two hearts, who have the power to influence those around them; though in my case, I am that person they are influencing.
The image itself is a rendition of an art piece from a
California- based artist, Audrey Kawasaki (Tiny Trifecta: My Queen of Hearts)
The queen holding the rose represents my maternal grandmother, whom I’ve just recently lost. She was kind, happy, cheerful, and worked hard for her family’s well-being. One day, I called her Queen Maggie, and the name just stuck. The concept of her as our Queen held true for our family; so much so, that the nickname is engraved on her stone. The smoking queen represents my paternal grandmother.
She lived with me from childhood to adolescence, until she moved back to Rosario, La Union. She’s a strong, rugged, tough, bad-ass kind of woman. It was on this trip to the Philippines that I finally got to see her again after 7 years. And a few days after a somewhat emotional reunion with her, she and my other queen were made just as permanent on the outside of my body, as they are in my heart. The queens of my heart.
Thanks again, Frances. You did an awesome job and I can’t wait to go back to get more ink done with you.
Let me know when you hit San Francisco; I’ll smoke you out!”