Ten Years Later: A Tribute 9/11
My favorite 9/11 tribute in New York City can be found in Bryant Park. 2,819 empty chairs are set up on the lawn facing the site where the World Trade Center once stood, one chair for every life lost. The number of empty chairs captures the enormity of the lives lost and the stark emptiness of it just drives home the point that I hope is never forgotten. 2,819 people were here one moment and gone the next. 2,819 went to work or boarded a plane one morning ten years ago thinking it would be another ordinary day and they never came home.
I got this tat for a number of reasons. One, because aesthetically it is very beautiful and intricately detailed. Secondly, i think trees, with all their intricacy make brilliant metaphors for life itself. The roots make up the events that culminated in the creation of who i am today, and can be substituted for tips of other trees (other people) The trunk is me currently. The branches are the choices i make and where they take me, and might be the beginnings of another tree. The reason it is dead is because of the phoenix imagery, of something that can die and be reborn once again, because one day, maybe that will happen. It’s dead because i was once full of vitality and life, innocent, and as i learned, advanced, moved on, i began to feel more withered and worn and slowly, i became what that tree is.