In today’s society With many seniors turning 18 adulthood is upon us along with being of age to get tattoos. A tattoo is a form of body modification where a design is made by inserting ink, dyes and pigments, either indelible or temporary, into the dermis layer of the skin to change the pigment. People tend to get tattoos that have meaning to them and hold something morally, we asked Kaden Koksma from WPHS about how many tattoos he has and if they have any meaning to them. He said, “My chest tattoo is something that my grandpa always used to say to me and it holds a lot of importance to me. I have a tattoo of a bear and an owl to sorta display the significance behind strength and wisdom and how they go hand in hand with one another. Got 1st tattoo at 17. It feels like a cat constantly scratching you but overall the pain isn’t unbearable. I have no problem with tattoos and I feel as if it’s a way of expressing yourself in some way. It’s not everybody’s cup of tea but I certainly see no prominent issue with them related to my future.” Kaden talks about seeing no prominent issues related to his future about his tattoos, we also asked Senior Kelsey schubert if her tattoos told a story, and if the tattoos had any hidden meanings, here’s what she said, “Each one of them tells some sort of a story, or at least marks an important time in my life.
All five have their own meaning, some more personal than others; however most of them are really reminders to stop and remember the truth. I think it’s human nature to be angry at the past, anxious about the future, and wrapped up in every day stress, I think the truth is that it’s okay to be angry and it’s okay to be anxious and it’s okay to feel any way you feel but it’s absolutely not okay to let these things ruin you as a person and eat away at you, which I see in so many people. It’s a constant reminder to acknowledge any feelings I have, accept them, and move on, which as I said is naturally hard for people in general; we tend to deal with any and all emotions we have in an unhealthy way, which can get real out of hand real fast.” We also asked Kelsey what she thought about tattoos and if she was getting anymore, this is what she said.”My honest opinion on tattoos is that they are completely unnecessary. I did not need to tattoo myself five times to remember to be happy, so I will admit I believe every tattoo is in vein; however I do not think they are pointless. I constantly get asked questions about my tattoos and it is an amazing way to spread a good message, get to know someone, and really just share your unique personality and style ON your body forever. I would encourage anyone who is thinking about getting a tattoo to be very thoughtful before permanently altering their body/appearance- you have your whole life to get tattoos, don’t make an impulse mistake now and have to live with it forever. Even if you do regret a tattoo, it still marks a time in your life and it is still significant. I personally do plan on getting more tattoos in the future, but finding the right time and right significance is a challenge.” Overall that is what some of our tattooed seniors here at woodland park think about tattoos.