the rose window

b-e-m-q-u-e-r-e-r  asked:

I want to get a tatto and my parents said they'd let me do a "fake one" for prom/graduation. I'm split between a mandala pattern and a dreamcatcher, and I'm worried about culture appropriating; however, the mandala is something I've been drawing for some time, and I've searched all kinds of meaning about it, and western philosophers think of the pattern itself as a way of showing your inner mind. And the dreamcatcher here in Brazi, is believed to work as a "purifier" for bad energies. Wdy think?

Oooh. That’s an interesting question. 

Honestly, I don’t think any of us have enough background in Brazilian culture to give a really firm answer. Coming from our backgrounds, we’d lean towards the mandala, if only because there are a lot of neutral repeating circular patterns that you can lean on for inspiration. (A few we’ve mentioned previously include lace doilies, rose windows/oculi, and geometrical symmetry.) You might also take a look at this series of papercuts, which put some interesting spins on mandala-like circular imagery

Monday 8:27am
I woke up with you on my mind.
You called me babe last night —
my heart is still pounding.

Tuesday 10:53pm
Today I realized we won’t work.
What we are is hurting her.
And I think she matters more to me than you do.

Wednesday 11:52pm
I broke things off with you today.
She barely said a word.
I’ve never regretted anything more than this.

Thursday 4:03pm
I shouldn’t have sent that message.
You shouldn’t have been so okay with receiving it.

Friday 9:57pm
I almost messaged you today.
I didn’t.

Saturday 8:49pm
I’m walking around town in search of alcohol.
They say that liquor numbs the pain of having a broken heart.
I want to put that to the test.

Sunday 2:32am
I heard you texted a girl you’ve never spoken to before.
I wonder if it’s because you’re trying to replace me.
I can’t help but wish you weren’t.
I thought I was irreplaceable.

—  a week with you on my mind, c.j.n.
Move on, leave, run away, escape this place… but don’t forget about me, about us, about this town. Always remember where you come from so you can appreciate how far you’ve come.
—  c.j.n.