A couple of years ago I thought of doing this brand to create a ‘sun’ above the winged creature tattoo. I researched it before, and did it with an antibacterial-cleansed coin; and have taken care of them hygienically afterwards.
I’m not recommending/suggesting it, and don’t expect any ‘reward’ for doing it. It has some ‘spiritual’ resonance for me, as a sun lover/worshipper, but I do it agnostically, unilaterally and unconditionally, and without expectations.
Mainly, I just saw it as a way of doing the ‘tattoo’ I most wanted myself; to save money and do something myself artistically, as I was drawing a lot about reclaiming my life and mind then too.
I can understand Harry and Meghan feeling ‘trapped’, but who doesn’t if they’re working to pay bills etc; H+M had a lot more luxury and space to do it in than most people working and living like battery caged hens in offices and overcrowded cities; trapped into taking ‘bullsh*t’ every day to survive and try to thrive!
I don’t think of it as self-harm; more self-building; if it has any mental health significance I think it’s my need to take back control of myself, after years of feeling bullied and manipulated in university, work and society; across demographics; and even on my travels, where ‘woke warriors’ would do the ‘Niqab Nazi’ salute covering their face with their hand!
I’ve never asked anyone about it, but guess my support for females like Malala fighting against the Taliban was twisted to me being sexist/Islamophobic!
That was partly the inspiration for my XaW Files: Beyond Humanity book title; although it means other things as well, such as the knowledge of our world, universe and ourselves we don’t have. In the greenYgrey trilogy, it was also the end of the road, and the protagonist’s leaving.