Over the last few months, Paris Jackson has taken to Instagram multiple times to show off the numerous tattoos she's recently been inked with. But now the 18-year-old has explained exactly how her body are is helping her move on from "a dark past" and how "they represent strength" for her.
In a post on Tuesday, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, showed off her inked arms, and underneath explained their meaning:
The caption reads:
the craftsmanship of tattoos will always be a controversy. some people like them, some people absolutely hate them. i appreciate art, i always have. especially when that art means something to me. today i can look at my inner forearms and see art that has meaning for me, i don't see a dark past anymore. my scars and past of self-hatred have been covered by loving marks, creativity, ingenuity.. and depth. sure i will always carry my past with me, but i see ink as a way of changing for the better, always improving. they represent strength for me. i look back at my old self and then i look in the mirror, and i see a fighter looking back at me. i'll always keep fighting, and encouraging others to stay strong. we all go through hell every now and then but it makes us the warriors of love we were meant to be. so to anyone struggling, it gets better. you're not alone.
Despite her young age, Jackson has struggled with many demons in her past, and admitted earlier in the year that she attends Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and also became suicide when she was just 14. It's heartening to see that after all the dark periods in her life, the youngster now seems to be on the other side and passing on messages of hope to others.
Obviously body art has become Paris's way of coping, and her Instagram feed is an array of images featuring her tattoos. Many of Jackson's tattoos honor either her Grandmother, Katherine Jackson, or her late father, Michael.
Just weeks ago she had a stunning piece completed to celebrate her father's Dangerous album:
She also has a lotus flower "for Grandma Katherine."
As well as a line of text written in her father's own handwriting which reads "Queen of my heart."
But Paris isn't the only Jackson sibling to have tattoos, with older brother, Prince getting some ink of his own a few months back:
Whatever your personal stance on tattoos may be, it's good to see that Paris Jackson is doing what she can to move on from her dark days.
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Source: Huffington Post