First and second. Images by author and Samantha Mancino.

Tattoos Can Be Therapeutic

The benefits of having permanent physical reminders

I only have two tattoos, and getting both felt like private matters of necessity. The first was developed during a Reiki session with a mentor of mine, Melinda Lane Fisher. I had just moved back to Seattle to help my mother care for my dying father, and I needed guidance. During one of our earlier sessions together, she suggested a…