Ali Blair is one of the many participants in the Lexington Tattoo Project who were strangers to us before we began this artwork. Now we think of Ali as a friend, even though we mostly keep up with her through Facebook.
Today is Ali’s birthday. Happy Birthday, Ali!
Here is the story of Ali’s tattoo:
“‘of the universe’ wasn’t my first or even second choice. When I discovered that the words that had immediately struck a chord with me were claimed, I wasn’t sure I was going to stay with the project. But I spent some time with the remaining bits of the poem and ‘of the universe’ started to resonate with me. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that it had multiple layers of personal meaning for me.
As an introvert, I can easily end up feeling a bit isolated and disconnected—’of the universe’ reminds me that I am here and that I belong. It is on my ankle and so it grounds me in times of uncertainty. As a scientist, I believe that the matter I am made of is literally ‘of the universe’: born in stars, billions of years old, and well-traveled. It doesn’t get much more universal than that.”