Tattoos and Their Owners

Here you can find the students by their names and their tattoos!

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    Sydney W.

    A young Sydney W. was born to endure days of great joy and days of exhaustion. Surrounded by a family that knew how to embrace both the complexities and simplicities of this life, they allowed her to lean on them and learn from them without fear or judgment. She just didn’t know this yet. Throughout elementary school, where others played 4-square and caught bugs on the playground, Sydney had bullies. Tormenting and abuse incited depression at an age when some of her friends still hadn’t lost all their baby teeth. She spent most of her days attempting to match the attitudes of her peers.  She kept her head down and…

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    Alex K.

    “Memento mori” Latin for “remember you will die.” It’s not as morbid as you think.  This ideology became famous during the renaissance. As the plague swept Europe, Christians assured one another that their wealth and stature in their mortal lives paled in comparison to the paradise waiting for them in Heaven.  It also resonated with Alex K. On her left forearm is her very own rendition of The Creation of Adam. A thin line tattoo, with the hands of Adam and God, except God’s hand is that of a skeleton. Its message reminds her of what she is capable of creating when she keeps her aims and goals grounded in…

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    Tia M.

    It’s Friday the 13th. The first of two within 4 months. For 6 hours, rain poured down the streets of New York. Tia M. and her pal Grace waited in line outside Red Ink Tattoo Studio as an enthusiastic employee surveyed the line. He ran around in Gucci shoes, showing the crowd their flash sheet. Tia already had an idea in mind. She wanted to see the ocean again. Tia is from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Her happiest memories of this small vacation town involve trips to the beach and adventures among tourists. She thought of tattoos as personal motifs and she wanted one of her own to remind her…

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    Abby T.

    “I knew our entire family couldn’t be saints. Thank God for you Abby, keeping our family interesting.” — Aunt Rhonda Abby T. has a very unique tattoo philosophy. She values tattoos that have meaning and embrace the unexpected nature of life. Which is to say, while you may set out to associate your tattoo with a time and place, it is now a part of you that will earn memories of its own (similar to a song or piece of clothing).  Coming to New York City at 18 was no small feat. Abby’s tattoos remind her of these, as Rhonda said, interesting years. Along the way, they picked up meanings…

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    Draven H.

    On scraps of paper from Draven H.’s middle school years, he composed three elements of a tattoo design. This creation was in the works for years as he persevered through multiple schools, mental health obstacles, and mending relationships. After 7 years, it was time to complete the capstone of his childhood. His brainchild of a tattoo came into being in April, 2019 at Fleur Noire Tattoo Parlour in Brooklyn. After a year, his tattoo still looks new. Through dips in anxiety and discomfort, moving his fingers along the lines of the tattoo reminds him why it’s there; to embrace the important aspects of his character that enable him to endevor…

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    Quarter Life Crisis: Tattoos and Podcasts

    College is the time for reinvention. A few years in New York City have given way to wisdom and many opportunities to grow.  The unfortunate corner many college students find themselves backed into is the infamous quarter life crisis. According to psychologists, “a quarter-life crisis is a crisis “involving anxiety over the direction and quality of one’s life” which is most commonly experienced in a period ranging from a person’s early twenties up to their mid-thirties.” People often react in one of two ways: they show it or they share it. How does this happen? For a lot of young adults, tattoos and podcasts! Weird combination, right? Like I said…

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    10 influencers: What inspired Your Tattoo?

    Students at The King’s College are eager to share their tattoo stories. In the coming weeks, their stories will continue to be shared on this blog. Far more students volunteered than I expected. After listening to their stories, I can see why. The people, places, and events that inspired their tattoos are worth bragging about. 1. Home Tia M. has two tattoos, a wave and an anchor. Both bring her comforting reminders of her home in Myrtle Beach and the ocean. Corinne B. has the Minneapolis skyline as seen from the highway 35 W north. 2. Family Alex K. picked out the wildflowers that her grandparents and mom love so…

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    Peyton P.

    For generations, pinky promises have symbolized the most honorable degree of trust. For Peyton P. they also bring back memories of holding her mother’s pinky as they say “Secret club!” Swiftly followed by a secret or exciting news from their day. For a young girl, this level of connection is only to be shared with best friends.  When she moved to New York City at age 18, Peyton began cooking up the idea for a tattoo. At the beginning of 2019, she pitched the idea to her parents: a black tattoo with rather delicate lines to form two hands locking pinkies. It’s her version of “Mom” encased in a heart. …

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    Mickey B.

    Michelangelo’s Rondanini Pietà stands in Sforzesco Castle in Milan, Italy. As a mother holds the weight of her son, marble seems to transform into flesh. In Mickey B’s case, marble quite literally becomes flesh as she wears this image as a tattoo on her left bicep. This one of a kind tattoo draws the eye in and opens dialogues about Christ. Friends ask her to roll up her sleeve so they can admire it for a third, fourth, or fifth time. Her version of the Rondanini Pietà isn’t her only tattoo featuring her faith. Like a roadmap, her tattoos mark significant moments in Mickey’s journey with Christ. She’s a dancer,…