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July 27, 2022

Le Lit: Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec

The background story of my most favorite tattoo : Le Lit by Henri De Toulouse-Lautrec

I fell in love with this painting during my sophomore year of college while studying the appreciation of modern art. That month, I immediately booked a ticket to spend my spring break admiring the piece. I watched for hours and only fell deeper.

When first exhibited, Le Lit was extremely controversial as it depicts two girls in bed, laying intimately, about to fall asleep with one another. For me, it perfectly captures fleeting moments with loved ones. The feeling right before someone has to go and the uncertainty of when you’ll be wrapped in eachother's presence again. Intimacy. Nostalgia. Slow-life.

I had the piece tattooed on me by @briansold during a trip to Brooklyn when I was 19. At the time, my sister lived in Prague, my brother was in Japan, and I was a month away from moving to Europe for college. Needless to say, I found myself lost in many moments needing to let go and say goodbye. I didn’t know how to describe what I felt until I saw this painting.

I spent some time with the painting again this week. Years later, I only find myself falling more in love with this piece of art as it continues to adopt new meanings the more I grow, more in love with myself, and with long distance relationships.

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