This picture is part of the Big Picture Art Project!

Drawing by Katya Bozukova

Country: United Kingdom

The Story behind my drawing:

As a woman doing martial arts, I often get comments about how un-feminine I am: that I am a 'brute', 'scary', 'terrifying'. This is so much part of my experience, my nickname at my local club is 'pitbull'. While martial arts accepts women of all stripes, temperaments, and body types, I sometimes feel like a witch because of the way I choose to represent myself. However, I chose not to let these comments become hurtful, and I embrace them instead of turning them away. I am proud of my work and I am proud of my scars and I am proud to be who I am - even if it does not fit in with what society says women should be like.

Vancouver makes me think about freedom and success. Travelling there would be amazing, because it would mean I have enough money to afford the ticket, and enough clout so that I am not turned away at the border. (As a Bulgarian living in the UK, the reality of internationalism is made clear to me every single day.)

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