Aaron Eckley (12) got his first tattoo, of a Grim Reaper, in December, after considering it for over a year. He received the tattoo from his friend for free. The image caught his eye as he was flipping through the pages of a book. He said getting the tattoo did not hurt that much during the process. “Your arm goes completely numb after the first five minutes or so,” Eckley stated. He said it took about two and a half hours to finish.
Science Dept. member Troy Worth got his tattoos four years ago. One tattoo is of a tiger and the other is of a water dragon, which he said represents his children’s personalities. “I’m not going to tell anyone to get a tattoo, but I’m not going to tell anyone not to either. Its like a wedding ring, it’s always there. So, make sure it is meaningful,” Worth stated. Worth said one should not get a tattoo on the spur of the moment, it should be thought over and have meaning.
Dreya Holmes (12) has three tattoos, which she got when she was 16, 17 and 18. “They all are special to me in some sort of way,” she said. The first is of “3D” because she and her sisters all have names that begin with D. The second is an infinity sign with “family” written in it because she said family is forever. Her third is a family tree, which has people in her family that have passed away, represented as birds, next to her childhood swing set.
Chloe Sturgis (10) has a tattoo that says “Let go, let God.” She said it is meaningful because, “it goes for any problems that you have in life.” She and her mother got matching tattoos at the same time. She got her tattoo when she was 15-years-old.
5 facts to know: tattoos around the world
facts compiled by Lauren Miller
- According to www.today.com, Miami Beach, Fla. has the most tattoo parlors in the United States, averaging 24 parlors per 100,000 people.
- Canadian Krystyne Kolorful and American Julia Gnuse are tied for the women with the most tattoos, both having 95 percent of their bodies tattooed according to www.umass.edu.
- Tom Leppard from the Isle of Skye, Scotland, has the most tattoos overall. A leopard design covers 99.9 percent of his body according to www.umass.edu.
- According to the Pew Research Center, Americans spend $1.65 billion annually on tattoos. – statisticbrain.com
- In a study conducted at a laser-surgery center in Milan, Italy, from 1995 to 2010 it was found that 22 percent of college students have at least one tattoo, according to The Wall Street Journal.