Mark of the Mighty: Susan Ferrara

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

I love finding unique art work and symbols.

When I came across our very own Susan’s Falling Man, I was blown away by the connection and meaning it had in her life.

Susan wanted a tattoo of the band she loves so much. Research showed that the Falling Man was tied to Susan's family history in Italy...

Nicole Sams: There are so many rich aspects of your story, lets start with the “Falling Man”. Share with us how you chose it.

Susan Ferrara: When I started researching this tattoo, I found  the falling man, it is on a Death card in a very old set of tarot cards illustrated by Salvador Dalí. Upon further research, I found there were four original decks of  tarot cards, and they surfaced in Italy. One of the towns that one deck surfaced in was called Ferrara. My family history originally originates in the town of Ferrara. So you see this tattoo has a very deep meaning to me even more now.

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

NS: The placement of your tattoo has a lot of meaning, tell us about that.

SF: I had been really wanting to get a tattoo that represents the band that I love so much. 20 years in the Blind has brought me to the Falling Man. I couldn’t resist, I had to put it right on my wrist.  It is placed over my battle scars from when I tried to take my life but failed. I chose to have him put up right as well so I could look at him. Most people don’t know what it is and I like that.

NS: Where did you get your Tattoo done?

SF: Vertigo Tattoo, Manns Harbor, North Carolina. Check them out on the web here  www.vertigotattoo.com or on instagram @vertigotattoo_nc

NS: What is your favorite album by the band?

SF: "Out of the Vein"

NS: Imagination Station time: Road trip cross country the guys, which non- Third Eye Blind albums do you bring?

SF: Oh, wouldn’t that be lovely, I wish, cross country, huh? Ok, pretty much anything by Johnny Cash and David Bowie. Throw in some Blink 182, Enema Of The StatePearl Jam, Ten, Wolf Alice, M83, Hurry Up We’re Dreaming, Smashing Pumpkins, Infinite And The Meloncholy, Sadness??, and Pink Floyd-The Wall. Any albums by INXS, Cranberries, Joe Walsh, Sons For A Dying Planet, The Cars, Candy-O, Cyndi Lauper, AC/DC, anything by The Doors, LSD Soundsystem, Empire Of The Sun, Imagine Dragons, and The Chainsmokers. 

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

NS: You shared your struggle with suicide, so many of us Experts struggle or have been touched by suicide. Do you have any helping words to help those who are going what you’ve been through?

SF: Seek help first, then don’t give in. It’s a very sad and empty feeling to feel like this, it keeps you from growing, it shuts people down... talk to someone because you are NOT alone and there are a lot of resources out there that differ from county to county. And most of all, know that you are loved and highly valued

NS: Third Eye Blind is all about standing up and speaking out. Are there any programs or charities that you support?

SF: I’m an advocate at work for anti-bullying, smack talking, talking badly about other people, and putting one another down. I work in a busy kitchen and there’s is ZERO tolerance for intentional meanness. You can check out suicidepreventionlifeline.org. We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free, and confidential support for people in distress. They also provide prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones. There is a resource for best practices for professionals.

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

NS: Share one of your favorite Third Eye Blind stories.

SF: In early '98 after show that I had reviewed for a radio station I worked for in Greenville, SC called 93.3 The Planet, I ended up at the hotel the guys were crashing at. I saw them near the bar. Stephan in particular locked eyes with me. I wandered over to him to say hello, we chatted. I talked about the 'God Of Wine ' and got some advice from him. He asked me if I wanted to join the parade. Unfortunately I was working and had to uphold a professional image, so reluctantly I declined. We chatted some more and he gave me a pass from the show he had just done. it was his all access pass! To this day I regret not going with him...

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

Courtesy Susan Ferrara

WOW! What a great story. Thank you so much for sharing with the Third Eye Blind community.