Starting at my wrist will be the first of many rings moving up my arm. Each ring will be a year of my life starting at a specific date. Much like the rings of a tree, each ring further up will represent another year of my life. Heavily spiritual moments will be etched into a tangible history on my arm metaphorically as a tree ring heavy with rain. Drought representing personal droughts, thunder marks representing cataclysmic change, ants and flowers, lumps and knots, transplant marks and wind burn, dustings, injuries, experimental growth stars, nutrient colors, every mark on the rings of a tree tells its past. Each and every ring on my body can use these marks as a symbolic language to write a detailed autobiography of my whole life on my left arm.
I don't know if I could trust a tattoo artist to pour herself into every pixel of ink as I will have to in order to bring this design to speak as I want it to. This is why I am going the "borrow the gun" path with this idea.
Major props to The Fountain for inspiring this idea. Future Hugh Jackman has similar rings reaching up his arm in this movie. Hidden in this costume detail is evidence pointing to him being a number of hundreds of years old in this setting while maintaining Tom (aka Hugh Jackman from the present-day story) as the same Tom and not another reincarnation through the display of the tattoo ring on his finger from when he lost their wedding band in his distant past. I would love to continue discussing the plot and how the details imply some pretty mind-blowing things, but I'll save the spoilers and the nerdgasm for individual discussion with you someday. Peace.