"I think every woman at one point or another in their life has been called a bitch. For a long time I had a real problem with that word, I didn’t like it and I thought it was derogatory. But I’ve gotten to a place now where I’ve made a lot of peace with it. It’s been so overused and made to seem so derogatory towards woman that I’ve adapted it into an empowering feeling for myself. If I’m a bitch then I’m a bitch, if that’s what an assertive woman is to you. So I’ve sort of adapted it as a badge of honor."
trust me, you’re a lot tougher than you think. I’ve been doing tattoos a long time, and I would say 87% of the time, the women take it better than the men. You’ll probably do better than I ever did, it’s just biological. Women are stronger.
—my male tattoo artists pep talk as he began my tattooing process. (via ziver)