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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Can you beet my new forearm tattoo?

I've known for years  someday I would cross the visible tattoo threshold and put a design on my forearm.  More recently, I've been leaning toward a food-centered design that would support my passion for the vegetable kingdom. Well, the blessed day finally came a week and a half ago, when I got these little beauties. Beets, my friends, beets! Aren't they lovely?

My Beet Tattoo

I am a huge fan of black tattoos and greywork, so I'm not getting any color added. I love my design and delicate yet bold effect of the black ink. The skin is still peeling and the area is still a little red and inflamed, but overall it is healing beautifully and looking great. 

I acknowledge that may seem strange for someone that is dedicated to non-toxic living (namely, me) to get themselves voluntarily assaulted with a needle and ink. But despite my sensitivity to oh-so-many things in this world, tattoo ink and I seem to get along just fine. The tattoo process doesn't mess up my qi significantly and the skin heals well. So I say, bring on the ink and let's get to business.

I'm happy to now have the earth (my newly acquired root veggies) and the sky (a flock of birds on my ribcage) represented on my body. What tattoo will be next, I wonder?

Do you have any food tattoos?



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Reader Comments (14)

I daresay yours is the very first food tattoo I've ever seen! It's lovely, Kim. (And did you ever share the birds?). Earth and sky--love it! :)

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRicki

I love it!

December 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPJ

I can say I do not have any food tattoos - loving yours though. Thanks for sharing!

December 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRenee

Your new tattoo is quite beautiful, imo. I am inspired. I am a passionate locavore & adore cooking, so now will consider....what would I get inked?
I just discovered your blog and am super enjoying it! I look forward to keeping in touch! Many Thanks for brilliant recipes and info *!*

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZuVuYah

Fantastic tattoo. I'm a lover of body ink. Your tattoo is classy yet edgy. Well done.

I have a large sunflower tattoo on my back. This is as close as it gets to a food tattoo for me I guess, but we could go with the food theme and say there are sunflower seeds in there. :-)

Be Well,

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmber

Beautiful, Kim! Thanks for sharing!!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I love your recipes but I think it's too bad we feel we need to tattoo ourselves. We are beautiful just the way we are, why mess with nature?

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaz

Look really nice in someone's body not mine, I am little bit scared of having tattoo in my body. It's very painful. But this was awesome!!!!!!!!!

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January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFernandez Joseph

I love to read this kind of stuff!
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January 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLarry

It's beautiful!! I'm still chicken to get a tattoo even though I love it.

Beets are my new fav. veggie after I discovered grated beet salad with ginger, lemon juice and seasalt! LOVE it!!

January 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKay

I love, love, LOVE your tattoo! Beets are one of my favorite foods. You have done them justice!

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

I'm not a tatoo fan myself, but your beet tatoo really got me. Simple, original, elegant. Great idea! :-)

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterB.

It's beautiful :)

January 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPatty

Ink art isn't messing with nature... it's simply a cultural rite and form of self expression. Ink to ink, my friend.

May 2, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersummer solstice
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