An illustration I did about self acceptance and my trans identity. I will write more about it after I’ve gotten more coherent and it’s not 7 AM.
This is a very personal piece I did for myself, as well as trans awareness. In a lot of ways this image documents both my mental transition as well as my medical one. A lot of the symbols in this are really personal and probably don’t apply to everyone, but then again I am only speaking from my personal experience. I think for me, the Pua Aloalo is a good symbol for my transition into manhood. As flowers are typically used to symbolize “female” genitalia, I wanted to take my own spin on it. To me the Pua Aloalo is quite phallic, but is still a flower. So it feels like a proper mixture of gender identity and growth for me. I understand that this may not appeal to everyone but it does feel deeply personal to me. The lamprey’s that are entangling my body symbolize my insecurities, anxiety, mistakes, and dyshporia. I believe you have to embrace your issues to learn and grow, even if it hurts.