Winnie Jo: “Every day, I look for ways to be kind, generous, more loving”

Remember the story of Samantha Harp whose comma was sponsored and who, in turn, offered to pay it forward for someone else’s comma? That was Becky Fox. After getting her comma, Becky offered to pay for another person to get “every day” as their very own LLTW tattoo–and that was Winnie Jo.

Here is the story Winnie sent us:

“I got my tattoo, I love it, and I feel like I have come full circle.

Two years ago I met an artist named Gordon Brown at a dog park in Ohio and struck up a conversation with him because I recognized his Lexington Tattoo Project inked arm. He asked me if I knew Kurt Gohde and Kremena Todorova, and when I told him I did not, we went on to discover we had a mutual friend, Jessi Fehrenbach, who lives in Lexington and is also part of the Lexington Tattoo Project, a member of the March Madness Marching Band, a Burner, and a member of Kentucky Fried Camp. I told Gordon how much I wanted to go to Burning Man. He told me about Ashley and Guy Shochat, and said I would definitely meet them if I went to Burning Man with KFC.

Fast forward 2 years and I find myself at Burning Man, camping with KFC, Kremena, Kurt, Guy, and Ashley. I knew about Love Letter To the World before I went to Burning Man. But I was surprised to see people from all over the world come into our camp to show Kurt and Kremena their LLTW tattoos. Beautiful designs in many languages drawing people together in a tribute to our planet. I was moved by the powerful witness to how art can draw us in and make us one. When I got home from Burning Man, I saw a post from Kremena about someone wanting to gift ‘every day’ and I sent a message to her about how I had been using the poem to begin my morning meditation since returning from Black Rock City…

I was wondering how I could explain that since I’ve gotten the tattoo, the words ‘every day’ have taken on a special meaning for me. Last week I saw an interview where Kurt said that others feel the same way about their phrases. This tattoo reminds me of the lessons I learned at Burning Man, of how I want to live my life … every day. Every day, I look for ways to be kind, generous, more loving. Every day, I’m more mindful of the kind of person I want to be and act on it.

Thank you. I’m so proud to be part of a piece of living art.”

Winnie Jo's "every day"

Winnie Jo’s “every day” (photograph courtesy of Winnie Jo)


Note: even before she got her words inked, Winnie asked if she could pay it forward for someone else to get a LLTW tattoo. That person is getting “we are.” We will post pictures when her tattoo heals. Thank you, Winnie, for passing on the gift that keeps on giving.