I love all the curiosity my new facebook page, Dreamcatcher Connection, is sparking about this! Since I’ve had so many questions posted here and as private messages, I realized that a lot of folks are wondering about this strange thing that I do! I thought it might be a good idea to post a question and answer blog, so let’s get right down to it.
Why do you interpret tattoos?
One of the reasons I do tattoo interpretations is that often I’ll be talking to someone about dreams and they will tell me that they don’t remember their dreams. This is pretty common especially if (1) they had nightmares as a child, so they learned to shut down their dream life, or (2) they come from a culture that simply doesn’t realize how meaningful dreams can be – if they don’t value them, they won’t purpose to remember and write them down. Often I will notice that they have a tattoo and we’ll get into a conversation about it. If I can’t encourage them with a dream interpretation, a tattoo interpretation gives me another opportunity to bless them!
How do you interpret a tattoo?
I realized a long time ago that I could interpret just about anything if I look at it metaphorically, in other words AS IF it was a dream. When my children were smaller I taught them how to interpret dreams by playing a game called, “If This Were a Dream, What Would it Mean?” We did that so much, from a young age our daughter was also a good interpreter. I tend to interpret everything anyway and actually do it to sharpen my interpreting gift. All that practicing pays off over time and one of the things that has come out of it is that I can interpret tattoos. To do that I notice what the tattoo is, where it’s placed on the body, the size and color of it, the person’s story behind it and I treat all that as if it were a dream. I’ve done dreams for so long, I already know what the different body parts mean. Example: hands often have to do with relationship and feet have to do with something the person is walking in (like their career, destiny or belief system).
Do people with tattoos ask for an interpretation out of curiosity, or do you approach folks and ask if you can interpret?
It really depends on the circumstances. If I’m doing an event, the teams are often in a booth and I have a sign that says we do dream and tattoo interpretation. That blue and green picture on this page is my actual banner. In that case, they come to us and ask about it. I am a friendly, outgoing person so even if I’m not at an event, I often get into conversation with total strangers and end up asking them about a tat they have. Depending on how they respond and if they are open to it, I may or may not give them an interpretation. I also drive a van (a/k/a The Dream-mobile!) that advertises dream interpretation, so I often get phone calls from people who are curious or they will stop me in store parking lots. I love those opportunities to bless and encourage and will often interpret a quick dream or tat for them right on the spot.
I’ve seen some tats t that don’t seem at all nice. Can some tattoo interpreting have a negative meaning that would leave the person upset or mad?
You are so right that many tats are dark and negative! However, I personally have never had someone get upset at the interpretation because my job is to speak life and encouragement into whatever it is that prompted that choice. I take that job very seriously! We call it “flipping it” and it’s where we see that so often whatever that negative is, God intended it to be the exact opposite and we go after whatever the life-giving encouraging thing is. For example: Lots of people see a skull as being symbolic of death. I find that especially older people can be quite judgmental about skulls, but it represents something completely different to the younger generations. I have found that skull tats often are a badge of honor symbolizing that the person is someone who is very strong, and they’ve really persevered and come out on the other side of that challenging time the victor because of it. Do you see how telling someone they are a strong person who has survived a difficult storm in their life would bring more encouragement to them than telling them that their tat is symbolizing death and coming at them in a judgmental way?
Keep the questions coming and I will try to answer them as time allows! Sometimes hearing your questions and answering them actually helps me solidify something in my mind about what I do. I find it very helpful to go through the thought process and write down my explanation!
This is the actual banner that hangs on my tent at events!