It's interesting to see how different people react, because I didn't have a specific reason for the design beyond the desire to have my artist put something of hers on my back. I suppose you could say it has something to do with my religious upbringing or how I'm growing in my own life right now, but basically the design just felt right.
Stephanie came up with all the reference materials and designed the piece herself. I just came in and said, "Yes, perfect!"
So when someone asks me for the reason behind my tattoo, I usually just say that I like it ('cause I do!) or pick a reason that feels right to me at the moment. Here are some of them... take your pick:
- a return to nature (no good vs. evil)
- pursuing desire
- seeking knowledge
- revisioning the patriarchal Judeo-Christian creation story: this time, without a woman to blame for mankind's "downfall"
- renewal/rebirth/change/evolution (snake shedding old skin to make way for new)