On my back, I have a large image of a bird cut into my skin.
It's been there for almost two years, but I never cease to be fascinated by the texture of the scars.
I guess it shouldn't surprise me that when others see it, they immediately want to touch my back.
But, I hate it.
I love the interest in the piece, and I don't mind answering questions about it. I love that people are slightly confused, that they can't wrap their head around the fact that I would have an image cut into my skin.
I never explain aftercare to them. I am afraid that they would be horrified.
The thing that I hate is... being touched. It always happens without warning, like their hand shoots out and then they feel like they need to explain.
Give me a little bit of warning.
I just feel so uncomfortably vulnerable when people start touching me unexpectedly.