Paper cranes in Winter Park, Florida

This story and the photographs that go with it were sent to us by Amy Watkins. Thank you, Amy!

Amy Watkins' "for this" and Jennifer Trapp Freeman's "and love"

Amy Watkins’ “for this” and Jennifer Trapp Freeman’s “and love”

“My best friend Jennifer Trapp Freeman and I had talked for a long time about getting a tattoo together. The hard part was choosing the right tattoo. When Love Letter To the World was launched on almost the exact midpoint between our birthdays, we knew it was time.

To me this project seemed perfect for Jenn. Of the two of us, she is more likely to find another LLTTW tattoo in the wild, since she is one of the most friendly and curious people I know. She talks to strangers. She asks good questions. I am not always so open to other people. My favorite part of the poem is, ‘Thank you, world, for this open-book exam before us.’ I’ve learned a lot from my friendship with Jenn and it’s one of the things I’m most thankful for, so I chose the phrase ‘for this.’

Jenn chose the phrase ‘and love’ because of our mutual love of art, adventure and connection. She says, ‘My tattoo is a daily reminder of all the wonderful things that brought us together.’ The things that brought us together are also the things that connect us to the rest of the big, wonderful, terrible world. We think that’s beautiful and what this project is all about. We personalized our tattoos with a paper crane because one of the first gifts Jenn gave me was a necklace with a tiny crane charm. I wore it the day we got our tattoos from Fred at Chicago Tattoo Co. in Winter Park, Florida.”

Amy Watkins' "for this" and Jennifer Trapp Freeman's "and love"

Amy Watkins’ “for this” and Jennifer Trapp Freeman’s “and love”

 Jennifer Trapp Freeman's "and love"

Jennifer Trapp Freeman’s “and love”