Tattoos of South


Reese Bratkovic, Writer

Tattoos can represent many things, some as simple as someone liking a design or word and as deep as showing tribute to a loved one. Getting a tattoo is a very beautiful way to express yourself and a very permanent one too. Many people here at school have tattoos. Some people had their parents sign off on getting them and others are 18-years-old and can do and get what they want. 

Junior Jasmin Trieu has two tattoos, one of a mountain scene and the other a quote with a flower under it.

“The big one is about my grandpa because he passed away,” Trieu said. “The “always & forever” is something my mom and I always say to each other; so we both got it matching.”

Another person who got a tattoo matching with her mom is junior Mikayla Tully, she has two elephants near her collarbone that are significant to her. 

“Me and my mom got it on my sixteenth birthday, it’s matching because my dad died and his favorite animal is elephants, so we got elephants,” Tully said.

Two more people who got a tattoo in tribute to a loved one who passed away are junior Maddy Klaut and junior Samantha Morse. 

Klaut actually has two different ones, both located on her wrists, and both significant to her.

“The one where it says continue, the “i” is a semicolon  for suicide awarness and then the floral one is my grandma’s favorite flower before she passed away,” Klaut said. 

Morse has a tattoo near the same place as Klaut.

“My tattoo is a rose because that was my grandma’s favorite flower and it has her signature in it; that is her actual signature from a card,” Morse said. 

A person doesn’t have to get a tattoo just for a human, they can also get them for animals whom they love. Senior Ben Chance being a perfect example.

“It’s a tattoo for my dog, Bandit, with a little dog print and the year he was born and once he dies, I’m gonna get one to finish off the year,” Chance said.

Like I stated, tattoos can also be of things you value and/or like the meaning of. Senior Skylar Schuck has a tattoo of koi fishes that represent yin and yang. And then last but not least, junior Leann Shankel has a red snake above her knee that “represents transformation and changing.”