As people grow up, they find new ways to express their identities, but some choose to do it permanently.
Junior Kennedy Hendrick got her flower tattoo in memory of her grandma and aunt. Both she and her dad got matching ink to honor her aunt and grandma after their passing.
Hedrick said, “We had been thinking about getting the tattoo for a year ever since my grandma died. It’s a good reminder of my grandma and my aunt.”
Hendrick’s tattoo is the birthflowers of her grandma and aunt side by side. Sophomore Kaleigh Drew did something very similar by representing her great grandma with a tattoo of a bird.
“I wanted to get my tattoo because it’s my great-grandma’s favorite bird. I’ve been thinking about getting a tattoo since I was 12, but I wasn’t for sure what I wanted until she passed,” Drew said.
Although she said she was nervous about getting a tattoo at first but still plans on getting more in the future.
“I think tattoos are a good way to express yourself. I think people could get them for fun and for a special reason too,” Drew said.
Seniors Lilli Tattershall and Daelyn Hahn got matching tattoos a couple of weeks ago. Since sophomore year, these two have been friends and wanted something to represent how much they mean to each other.
“We wanted something that wasn’t too complicated or too big, so we decided on two small butterflies.” Tattershall said.
After a couple months on figuring out what they wanted they both decided on getting two small butterflies.
Hahn said, “We got two because we had to find something that represents the two of us and is something we both liked.”
Both of them were planning on getting tattoos, and were just wanting to get them done together until it turned into them getting the same one. They had to wait until Tattershall turned 18 but once she did, they went.
Tattershall said, “we got the tattoos on March 22, and we had been thinking about it for a couple of months. It took us until we were about to get them to figure out what we really wanted.”
Hahn and Tattershall said that they both like looking down and seeing the reminder that they always will have each other by their side.
Hahn said, ”Even though we haven’t been friends for long, it still feels like forever, so it just made sense to get it. When we got it, was like, ‘Woah, this is on our bodies’.”
They said that they were nervous about getting it and even took a couple of minutes before just to take a breath, but now they couldn’t be happier with the decision they made together as friends.
“I’m not a very in the moment person, and this was very crazy, and I like knowing that this is something that. I want to remember this time in my life, and it’s a good reminder of what makes me happy,” said Hahn.
If you are thinking about getting a tattoo, Hedrick said to make sure that it’s something worth having. “It’s on your body for the rest of your life, so it has to be something you know you’re going to like, but it can be fun and a good way to express yourself. It’s your body, so you can do what you want with it to make yourself happiest.” Hedrick said.