Students Dish on the New Tattoo Trend

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M. Swan

Mollie Swan and Tennyson May

As of 2010, 14 percent of Americans had tattoos, yet 70 percent of those Americans hid their tattoos. While some of our students walk around campus proudly flaunting their ink, others would not even consider the permanent artwork.

Tara Rodriguez

What is your tattoo of? 
It’s a puzzle piece with a little red heart in the corner.

When did you get it?
 I got it while I was in Hawaii over the summer.

Why did you choose to get the design you got?
 All of the girls in my family have one. They’re all different and complete a
 puzzle which is a heart, my grandpa has the whole heart with every puzzle 
piece and our names in our pieces. As far as the little heart inside of my 
puzzle piece, my mom also has one in hers since we aren’t linked in the
 puzzle. I’m linked with my grandma and cousin but my mom and I wanted to be linked in another way.

Did you think about it for a while or was it an impulse decision? 
The whole puzzle
idea started when I was in 7th grade, so I’ve known I was
 going to get it for a while.

What do your parents think of your tattoo? My dad thinks it’s “cute” and my mom obviously supports it.

Does it have any special meaning to you?
 Yes very much. I’m really close with my family and they mean the world to
 me. I wouldn’t get a tattoo if it didn’t truly mean something to me, after 
all, it is permanent. I also know that my family isn’t going anywhere and 
will forever be by my side so to me it’s nice having that little reminder of
 who matters the most. I definitely don’t regret it at all.

Carina Dickerson

What is your tattoo of? Angel wings in a heart shape with a halo on top.

When did you get it?
 Aug. 18

Does it have any special meaning to you?
 Yes it does. My grandpa passed away almost three years ago from cancer and the
 situation made me realize a lot. The tattoo is also for my family members 
who pass away that are close to me because I know that they will always be
 looking out for me.

Why did you choose to get the design you got?
 I chose the design because it isn’t so big and it goes perfectly with the
 meaning behind it.

Did you think about it for a while or was it an impulse decision?
 I definitely thought about this for a while. It’s been almost three years now.

What do your parents think of your tattoo? 
My parents don’t like tattoos but my mom understood the meaning behind it. 
As for my dad…he doesn’t know about it yet.