I am a forty one year old woman, always lived a bit on the edge and I have a lot of tattoos.  I started getting really heavily tattooed when I was in my middle to late thirties, after my RP diagnosis.  You may wonder what the hell getting tattooed has to do with going blind, or maybe why the hell  a blind chick would want to get tattooed when she won’t even be able to see all the gorgeous artwork. I have discovered that for me, getting tattooed is definitely connected to having RP.  It is about taking control over a body that is betraying me; about exercising the choice to mark and beautify my skin because I have no choices when it comes to my vision.  Being tattooed empowers me and makes me happy.  It is a brightness, literally, in a world that is going dark.