Sara and ginkgo

My friend Sara has a tattoo of ginkgo leaves on her right upper arm and shoulder. It’s delicate, natural, subtle. It seems as if it’s been there her whole life. Last month, I visited her in New York and we went to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. As we were walking around I noticed a ginkgo tree and placed her under it to make this portrait of her. I asked her to describe her tattoo, and this is what she had to say:

“Throughout my life I have been told I have a good memory. This plagues me since both of my grandmothers have and had Alzheimer’s. The ginkgo represents memory, but it goes deeper than that. I have a background in landscape architecture and it is one of my favorite trees for its grace and beauty. It is one of the oldest on the planet and it does really well in urban polluted environments. It’s resilient. My inner arm that you can’t see is for my dog that I lost at the beginning of last year. For the public my tattoo is for beautiful memories and the inner arm is where I keep them close.”

Sara under ginkgo at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Sara under the ginkgo at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

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