Thursday, June 12, 2008

I Am a Star


I got a job stopper. That's right, a "JOB STOPPER." What is that you ask? Just a star tattooed on my wrist. That's what my Dad calls it and when my Grandma showed him the same one he said, "Are you seriiioooouuuussss....you're JOKING?! Chelsea is a bad influence." Indeed, we were not joking.

I've been known to be quite persuasive, so when My Grandma, My Aunt and My Mom all went out to lunch the other day all it took was a couple glasses of wine and my sweet words over some creme brulee, for them to all agree to get the same tattoo, in the same spot. Four women, one 66 years old all rolling up to the tattoo parlor to get some ink. Classic. My mom in her little dress and fancy heels, Granny in her gold flats, my Aunt (who almost passed out, until they gave her a juicebox) and me, in all my rebellion.

I used this same persuasiveness last night at a hotel where nine of my girlfriends and I were staying for a fun evening of drinking and bonding, painting each others nails and braiding hair (kidding)...we had already hit the town and the mini-bar so, when the hotel bar was closed too I had to use my silky, mesmerizing voice to con the bell man into breaking into the bar for us and bringing us three bottles of wine. "I know you can do it, there is someone in this hotel with that power...and I won't get off the phone until I speak with them." This was all said very kindly and very flirtatiously, so not only did we get three bottles....later we heard a knock and were offered a fourth accompanied by some cheesecake cause I made the concierge laugh. When I say I get my way, I GET MY WAY.

You may be wondering why we all went for the star tattoo, seeing as it isn't original and may look a bit like I got carried away with a Sharpe in a fit of boredom. While reading A New Earth, I had a major revelation. I've been one to throw out sayings like, "my stars weren't aligned" "it's written in the stars...." etc. But when I read this, it was even more true for me:


"The atoms that make up your body were once forged inside stars, and the causes
of even the smallest event are virtually infinite and connected with the
whole
in incomprehensible ways."

We are literally made up of the stars and we are all one. That's what that said to me. Which is so humbling and freeing, the feeling that we are in perfect alignment, at every moment-no matter the situation, we are where we need to be. Perfectly whole, perfectly aligned. My family shares the same philosophy, and so did My Great Grandma Stella, which is star in Italian.

42 comments:

Bayjb said...

Wow I can't believe you convinced your mom and grandma to get ink. Insane! Remind me to never buy something from you. You'll sell me a toaster or something I don't need ;)

Coconut said...

That's so cool! I wanna make my mom get a tattoo with me now! And I think you should post a picture of your new ink.

Ashley D said...

I want to see a picture too! I wish I could convince my grandma, let alone my mom, get a tattoo. You must be amazing.

deutlich said...

I friggin' WISH my mom was that cool.

Never in a MILLION YEARS would she get a tattoo..

mn said...

oh my. i'm shaking my head.
that must have been quite the sight all of you walking in slightly inebriated including grandma,
bartender, give me a tattoo!

{kay} said...

oh my gosh-lol-the vision of four ladies spanning three generations getting ink'd is the best thing i've come across all day - very very cool!

Larissa said...

When I'm that age, I want to be as cool as your grandma is.

eleigh said...

My next two tattoos involve stars. I agree that it's annoying that they're unoriginal...but they're awesome. And they mean different things to everyone. Stars have always been my favorite shape, thing to doodle, etc.

My mom won't get a tattoo, even though she claims she would if she were my age. She says that now everything is losing to gravity...that it'll be on the ground the next day.

Camels & Chocolate said...

OMG, that is the best story I've heard in a LONG time! All four of you -- what persuasion!!!

ToKissTheCook said...

Chelsea...listen to me know...I will make you pie any day you deem it possible to come over and eat it because seriously? We could knock over a bank and never have to apologize. I love it. And I love that we're talking through A New Earth. And I love love that your grandmother has a tattoo. And your mom and aunt for that matter.

I'm in a great mood right now. The kind that brings pie or a fourth bottle of wine.

Tia said...

haha that's amazing. i have star tattoos on both my wrists and there is no way my mom and grandma would ever do it.

and as for job stopping? eh. but then again, i'm like the least tattooed person in my salon, weighing in with only four.

Mike said...

You find that whole star thing pretty impressive, eh? Well, if you believe in reincarnation, hopefully you wont' be around when our star decides to eat us.

Don't worry though, we have a few billion years.

Here's another one for you. Ever heard of the hydrologic cycle?

Here's what it means to you. You've probably drank some water that at some point was drank by a T.Rex.

You can now get a water drop on your other wrist.

Your welcome.

Maxine Dangerous said...

I've wanted a 'job stopper' for years. Every time my dad (boss) sees my tats peeking out from under a shirt sleeve (or that one day when I was wearing my hair up and he found out about the one on the back of my neck), he asks if they're real. I finally semi-snapped (for the gerjillionth time), "THEY'RE ALL REAL. ALL OF THEM." He seemed taken aback, but he's asked me that for years. Accept it, Daddy. Your only daughter and eldest child is a godless heathen, inked to the heavens. ;)

I can't BELIEVE I'm not one of your bitches! It's like ... like ... we barely know each other and only just started reading each other's blogs! The NOIVE! ;)

Clarity Sage said...

That star thing is beautiful. I heard it before and it was the same for me in like it just kind of clicked. And I admire your power of persuasion. :o)

ashley said...

That is such a cute little post.

Jess said...

I can't believe you talked THREE family members into getting a tattoo with you. That's amazing. I'm glad it's one that has such significance for you.

Toni-Marie said...

Thats so awesome. My mum and I plan on getting one, together, but my grandmother would never. I agreed we need photos. You should get one of the four of you together showing your tattoo.

Alexa said...

picture please! i also have a tattoo on my left wrist. half the time to is cover by my watch so it is hardly a job stopper : )

and seriously the fact that you talk your whole family into do that is amazing.

Ashley said...

I love that you convinced your mom and grandma to get tattoos. I need to take lessons in convincing from you!!

I also loved the meaning behind why you chose stars. Such an awesome philosophy (and i really need to read that book already!)

Have a great weekend :)

bakingwithplath said...

I'm not normally a big fan of star tattoos but man, I love the meaning behind yours. Makes me look at stars in a completely different way! I need to read that book..

Mel Heth said...

Keep up the good Eckhart-esque thinking. :) And enjoy your new family tattoo.

JanelleGrace said...

Me and my two older sisters got the same tattoo (three stars to represent each of us) in different places. I got it on my back/shoulder, one got it on her ankle, and the other got it on her wrist. It was right before I moved to New York and we had been wanting to get a tattoo (together) for a while. (This will also be the only tattoo I get, probably.)

But we got them because to us, stars mean so much more, they are your dreams, your passions, your wishes. It's a little bit of all those dreams, those travels that we took, the things we went through, the places we had been, and more importantly, the places we will go.

And if I can add another quote, much more childish, about stars:

"People have stars, but they aren't the same. For travelers, the stars are guides. For other people, they're nothing but tiny lights. And for still others, for scholars, they're problems. For my businessman, they were gold. But all those stars are silent stars. You, though, you'll have stars like nobody else."

"What do you mean?"

"When you look up at the sky at night, since I'll be living on one of them, since I'll be laughing on one of them, for you, it'll be as if all the stars are laughing. You'll have stars that can laugh!"

And he laughed again.

"And when you're consoled (everyone is eventually consoled), you'll be glad you've known me. You'll always be my friend. You'll feel like laughing with me. And you'll open your windows sometimes just for the fun of it... And your friends will be amazed to see you laughing while you're looking up at the sky. Then you'll tell them, 'Yes, it's the stars. They always make me laugh!"

Ivy :: Fusionbox said...

I was out with your mom last night and thought I noticed a star tattoo... I am literally blown away by your blog.

I'm headed out to go get that book. I so agree with you on the Power of Now. It only works for me when I am reading it.

Lisa said...

This story is FANTASTIC! My dad says I'm a bad influence because now my mom uses the F-word sometimes. (Which just underlines the fact that I'm a lot older than you and lead a much more prosaic existence.)

*DesignerGirl24* said...

I have a job stopper on the back of my neck. Actually, it wasn't a job stopper until I cut my hair short. But it's three stars (an ode to my tendency to be inside my head ALL THE TIME). When I got my first tattoo, I made my mom cry. When I got my second one, she chose silence. And with the third, she just laughed. However, I don't think I'll be convincing her to get one of her own anytime soon.

Stephanie said...

It's crazy how good you are at talking people into doing things!
I'm very impressed. :D

Rhoobs said...

that's so cute. used carsalesmen have nothing on you!!

meldoesgradschool said...

That's ridiculously amazing! I can't believe you got them all to get that tattoo! No way could I imagine any members of my family to get a tattoo, let alone one on the wrist and three of them to do it without a whole bottle of tequila. For each. :o)

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

janellegrace- I LOVE THAT. Thank you for posting it :)

Mike- WHAT A BRILLIANT IDEA. YOU ALWAYS FIND A WAY OF AMAZING ME WITH YOUR UNIQUE INSIGHT.

IVY-!! HI! Thank you for stopping by and thank you, let me tell you- the book is amazing....I'm finding it to be much easier to apply than Power of Now. Yes her star, isn't my ma such a stud!? lol.

rhoobs- Thats right!!! hahaha

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

meldoesgradschool- Oh no, all it took was a couple glasses of wine and they would have done it without it, they all LOVE them. No regrets :)

just me said...

Take a picture I want to seeeeeee it.

I think my mom would punch me in the face before she would allow me to talk her into a tattoo.

Meghan said...

Picture?

That's completely rad for your fam to all get the same one.

redstaplernation said...

When you get the picture everyone wants, get all four of you in it. I wanna see Granny!

Chelsea Talks Smack said...

YES I will put a pic of the whole clan, we didnt have a camera the day we went since it was an impromptu adventure, but i'll get one soon ;)

Alexis said...

That's awesome! My mom just asks how much money I spent whenever I get a new tattoo or piercing...and then my dad grunts in disapproval but says nothing.

Julie Q said...

that's flippin' awesome!! i wish my mom would get some ink with me.

nicoleantoinette said...

Gorgeous. Love it.

lifeintheleftlane said...

That's awesome that you convinced your mom, aunt and grandma to get tattoos. You have a cool family!

Maxie said...

I love that idea! I have a tattoo that I *might* get an it has a few stars in it :-)

Ashley said...

Teach us your ways, oh Persuasive One! :)

I want a free cheesecake.

Job Stopper. That's what my dad called my cartilage piercings. What now, Dad!? I have a J-O-B. Booyah.

emmaenlighted said...

You are the cutest thing. Ever. Great post :)

the almost right word said...

great f'in post.

inspiring.

you bring smiles.

 
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