Going through social media we found a woman who proudly came out as atheist. It so happened that she has an IPU tattoo on her forearm. This is the story of why Jennifer M from Flint, Michigan wears the IPU symbol.
I will be 54 next week. I was raised in an Christian Evangelical Fundamentalist home. My parents were loving, not overly strict, but the church I was raised in quite literally scarred me mentally for life. I recall specific terrors associated with teachings of the impending apocalypse. Warnings of roaming bands of atheists who would torture believers into renouncing their faith or by threatening to maim and kill you and your family.
As I got older, for whatever reason, I began looking into the history of Christianity. After all, if one is going to base one's life on a belief, one should know the history. I also developed a keen interest in religion in general, as well as mythology, and how the two crossed into each other.
Every single important life decision was seen through the lens of faith. I became a nurse due to this. I got married and had children because of this. There is so much more to "my story", it is difficult to put into words.
Trying to promote brevity here. The use of the Internet truly gave me access to virtually unlimited information. Shortly after my second (and current) marriage in 1996, I gradually lost my faith entirely and admitted I was an atheist. I came upon references to the Invisible Pink Unicorn through various atheist-related links, and the whole concept resonated with me. Ive struggled with the loss of my faith and "coming out" as an atheist for many years. My husband (who is British) has supported me in this, but has not understood the depression and anxiety associated with losing not only the reason and belief system on which you based everything, but your coping mechanisms and relationships with family, etc.
In November of 2015, I met a man who I didnt think existed. What began as a friendship and source of support over losing my faith developed into love, with full knowledge from my husband. This man is Canadian (he lives in Calgary-I tend to avoid American men lol) and due to financial, immigration and other matters, my husband and I remain legally married and living together, while my committed relationship is a long distance one where we see each other a few times a year.
During a visit to Calgary last October, I got the IPU tattooed on my forearm. The symbol is meaningful for me for two reasons: the illustration of what the IPU "character" stands for in illuminating the ridiculous nature of all religion, and my relationship with the man who is the love of my life, because I never thought he really existed.
There is obviously much more to it, but that's the basics. I love the tattoo and the design is simple, yet lovely. Primitive, yet refined. I love it!