Survivor SA's Gena dishes about her tattoos

2014-02-07 22:00
Cape Town – Tattoos hold a special meaning for those who have them done. Some of the contestants on Survivor SA Champions sport some impressive body art. We wanted to find out more about the meaning behind the tattoos that Selatan’s, Gena has.

29-year-old PR manager Gena Alkana says the following about her tattoos: "If I was any other girl I’d have a tattoo sleeve but I would like to one day walk down and isle in a long white dress and be a mommy, so that does not fit my picture. But it doesn’t mean I don’t have a folder on my computer of tattoos I’d love to get."

Gena has three tattoos which have brought her comfort and represent turning points in her life.

She had the Hebrew Bible verse, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens’ on her back done in America when she was doing a summer camp. While she was away a close friend had passed away in a motorbike accident. Ecclesiastics 3 verses 1 and 2 were the bible verses of the day at camp.

"As sad as I was it put things in perspective for me and brought me comfort. I got this tattoo in memory of my friend, Bevan Lawrence", says Gena.

While she was working as a researcher and scriptwriter for the Maths and Science Edutainment TV show, Hip2b2 Gena had the opportunity to produce her first location insert. Her insert was on “The Science of tattoos” and this is when she got a second tattoo, The Serenity Prayer which reads: "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference."

She had wanted it for a while but wasn’t sure where on her body she would have it done. She got a tattoo artist Manuela from Wildfire Cape Town on board and volunteered to be the canvas. For this control freak and Christian it is a daily reminder for her to "Let go and let God."

Gena says: "At the end of the day there is only so much I can control sometimes my plans are not His and that when all's said and done I need to be about His will and not mine. It's hard I’m the furthest thing from perfect, but it’s a prayer that has stopped me in my tracks and brought me peace more times than I’d like to admit."

The broken hearts on her right ankle were unplanned and this one is her favourite one. She had just ended a relationship and found herself in an artist’s chair crying with no plan or design.

"I had three relationships before that didn’t end well.  At the time I felt with each end of a relationship I was a little more broken than before. I've turned it upside down and I've since managed to work my way up. From the really broken heart back up to the ‘good as new’ heart!"

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