Beginnings of the Bee

Owl was my first word. My grandma always dressed me in pink and had fake flowers around the house. Drawn by Kansas City-based artist, Peregrine Honig, these first two tattoos found a permanent home on my left shoulder. They made sense—I intuitively understood them.

I knew another tattoo was on the way, but I hadn’t realized it in my mind. When Peregrine said she had been waiting months to get a bee, I suggested we get them together. At the time I didn’t know why—it was just a feeling. A few weeks later, her and I were back under the needle. My bee wanted to just be a black outline; hers had color. The inside of your arm is a lot more sensitive than your back, but it felt like the right place.

Alicia & Peregrine’s bee tattoos

Even after the bee tattoo healed, however, I wasn’t sure what it meant for me. I figured that the answer would come with time.

When I decided to begin my own social media consulting business, I searched for a logo. A friend pointed to my bee tattoo and said “Hey, why don’t you use that? Bees are social, you’re creating buzz and it’s pretty cool that you can flash that tattoo whenever people ask about your business.” And that’s exactly what I decided to do.

The bee on my arm isn’t just any bee—it’s a queen bee. An integral part of the hive, the queen bee’s sole function is to serve as the reproducer. She can lay up to 2000 eggs per day. The queen bee is usually “the mother of all bees in the hive.”

Social media is all about growing communities. But they can’t begin without a queen bee.

That’s where I come in. Let’s create some bzzzzzzzzzzzzz!