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Full or Empty Sea Chests?

Full or Empty Sea Chests?

How is a sea chest tattoo like a sea chest?

Is each an open and shut case?

Does each reveal as much as each conceals?

Do they just hide what's inside?

Do they make one feel secure or obscure?

Do people see the sea in me?

Both chests likely convey more or less what their art work suggests.  Each chest certainly carries and displays an identity(ies) and belongings.  However, the foot locker holds or hides tangible possessions while the human chest holds and hides, invisible, intangible "belongings".




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What do we store in our sea chests? A sea chest is often a storage locker for a sailor to stow his belongings.  But a sea chest can also be the topsides of a shirtless individual displaying his or her tattooed nautical art. While one is carved or painted on wood, the other is embedded and embossed into and arted onto human flesh. Whether a chest is placed at the foot of one's bunk or a tatooed sketched on one's breasts, each one's uniqueness conveys a message about the owner as well their creators.

What message does this chest convey?

You can't judge a book by its cover.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Beauty is only skin deep.

Clothes make the man.

All that glitters is not gold.

Life is short; art is long.

Live and let live.

A fool and his money are soon parted.

What you see is what you get.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Ask no questions and hear no lies.

Don't ask; don't tell.

One chest is forever body art that accompanies the sailor everywhere he or she travels for the rest of his life.  The other inanimate object while portable, usually stays on a sailor's ship safely storing his possessions.  And similarly, like any ocean-going cargo vessels, can contain or stow as much weighty emptiness as they can transport precious cargo heaviness.  

Human interactions can be like sea chests. We trust them to open up but stayed closed to keep  We choose what to wear and share and what to keep safe and sound. Of course, each owner determines not only the character and carvings but also what carries whether real or symbolic weight.  Each decides what is stored inside, what is hidden away or displayed.  Each bares his chest and opens up to what is kept inside or not.  It is totally personal.

Of course, that which we stow away deep in our chests can prove to be secluded, safe, secret or shared. A sea chest can be burdensome or light weighted. It is, after all, where our heart or valuables resides.  But any chest is most valuable when it carries something significant inside itself. 

Some of us wear ours hearts on their sleeves.  It is nature for some to show who they are. We have nothing to hide; we aren't scared to be known.   comes naturally without any reservation. But for others who put on a happy face for protection, don't let too much be seen. Maybe an exterior "cool" carving like a clipper ship adds value and charm to an ordinary pine box. Certainly presents a pleasant facade. Gives an impression that is friendly and non-threatening.  

While for others, keeping their war chest under wraps and their skeletons in their closet is similar to a poker player keeping his cards close to his chest vest.  Whether  or worn for all to see, the chest holds us together. It keeps us in place until we are ready to leave and take it with us. tucked, locked away Whether or not we choose to bare our chests and share ourselves with others or keep to ourselves is our choice.  

Chest Display Getting something off our chest While I know and understand why some people get tattooed, I also know many reasons why many don't not getting a tattoo. My curiosity is often about what a tattoo says about an individual and what message that person wants to convey.  It isn't too surprising that what people want their tattoo to say and what it actually suggests are often quite different.

What does this chest say?

Does a sea or ship symbol become a chest plate?

Does a tattooed chest shield, protect or reveal one's heart?

Does chest art help one feel more courageous, confident or colorful?

Davy JonesLocker is an idiom referring to the bottom of the sea: the state of death among drowned sailors and shipwrecks. 

It is also a euphemism for drowning or shipwrecks in which the sailor(s)'s and/or ship(s)'s remains are consigned to the bottom of the sea.

Meaning and significance of tattoos

History of tattooing

Tattoo process

Tattoo health risks

Davy Jones and his locker Maybe our chests are filled with subtle messages or proverbs.
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