My name is Enrique Lizarraga and I’d like to share my story of why and how I got the IPU symbol tattooed on my chest.
First of all, I’ve been an atheist since I was very young, although most of my family is catholic and I even attended a catechism course when I was young. Even with all these factors, I think that being a skeptic and a critical thinker is part of my nature. Because even when exposed to religion at catechism course and from coming from a religious family I kept thinking about the already classic “problem of evil”, why there are people who believe in other gods, and why I didn’t feel anything special at all when I tried to pray or partake in any religious activities whatsoever. At that time of my life I didn’t even know what atheism really meant, or that it was the word which described my lack of belief in any kind of deity.
It’s important also to mention that I’m from Mexico, and while ours is a country with deep religious roots and its people partake in religious activities quite often (and many of them, a little extreme), atheists are not as vilified as in other countries like the USA. Most people who find out you’re an atheist will just shrug and say “meh, whatever”.
When I was in university, I started to read a little bit more into “atheist” literature, so to speak, which helped me greatly to organize my thoughts about my own beliefs, know other atheists and of course, I found about the Flying Spaghetti Monster and the Invisible Pink Unicorn.
After all this years, I still have strong feelings towards being a skeptic and an atheist and wanted something which symbolised this, and carry it wherever I went for the rest of my life. It was a no-brainer to have the IPU logo tattooed. It’s easy to fall on the clutches of religion when things get hard, and to justify our own success or failure on a deity to avoid any kind of responsibility. Looking at my tattoo reminds me that I’m responsible for my own fate, my action, for the things that happen in my life and the impact I make on people around me.